Day 3. Hull and the Humber Bridge

It was yet another bright, sunny morning as we enjoyed a final relaxing breakfast overlooking Hull’s marina, if only each day could start like this!  Having set ourselves up for the day with freshly prepared smoothies and full English breakfasts we gathered our things together and checked out of our room, leaving our bags to collect later in the day.

Holiday Inn Hull Marina
Enjoying a cooked breakfast at the Holiday Inn Hull Marina

Our plan for the morning was to visit the Humber Bridge and the easiest way to get there by public transport was by train.  It only took us around ten minutes to walk to Hull’s Paragon Station from where we caught a train to Hessle.  The journey took 8 minutes with an adult off peak day return costing £3.10.

Humber Bridge viewed from the platform at Hessle Station
The Humber Bridge viewed from the platform at Hessle Station

As we got off the train we were able to see the bridge towering up above the station.  It was a 20 minute walk along attractive country lanes to the Humber Bridge Country Park.  This 48 acre nature reserve of woodlands and open meadows has several short walking trails through the park.  Signs of spring were everywhere to be seen with clumps of daffodils and crocus adding colour.

Humber Bridge Country Park
Springtime in the Humber Bridge Country Park

There is a small visitor centre containing information about the bridge and country park as well as a selection of gifts and souvenirs to take home.  Even on a Monday morning there were quite a number of people about enjoying a morning stroll many accompanied by their dogs.

Humber Bridge Tourist Information Centre
The Humber Bridge Tourist Information Centre

Although the park was attractive the main reason for our visit was to view the Humber Bridge which first opened to traffic in 1981.  At that time it was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world at 1.38 miles (2.2km) in length.  It is now the 9th longest and spans the Humber estuary between Hessle in East Yorkshire and Barton-on-Humber in North Lincolnshire.

Humber Bridge
Standing beneath the Humber Bridge, Hull

There is a charge of £1.50 for cars to cross the toll bridge but by using the bridge the road distance between Hull and Grimsby is reduced by 50 miles (80km).  We did consider walking across but would have needed to walk both ways to return to Hull by train so just took photos from the Hessle end and on the train.

Maritime Museum, Hull
The Maritime Museum, Hull

Trains run at approximately hourly intervals and we timed our return to the station reasonably well for a service back into Hull.  There were still two museums we wished to visit so we made our way across to Queen Victoria Square in the heart of the city centre.  First on our list was the Maritime Museum housed in the old Victoria Dock offices.

Maritime Museum, Hull
The Court Room, Maritime Museum, Hull

This historic building was originally opened in 1871 as nautical offices and now highlights the seafaring heritage of the city.  Touring the galleries we admired a full sized whale skeleton, discovered the craft of whaling and viewed numerous artefacts from Hull’s fishing and merchant trades.

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Across the square from the Maritime Museum lies the Ferens Art Gallery which contains a significant collection of paintings and sculptures including works by some European old masters including Canaletto.

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Interior of the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Its entrance lobby is known as the Centre Court and displays highlights from the Ferens collection.  Connecting the city with its maritime history one of the galleries contains a unique collection of maritime paintings.  Both the Maritime Museum and the Ferens Art Gallery offer free admission.  Also located in Queen Victoria Square is another fine building, that of Hull’s City Hall.

Trinity Market Hall, Hull
Trinity Market Hall, Hull

After a lengthy walk in the Humber Bridge Country Park and a visit to two museums we were starting to feel hungry and in need of a little rest so we paid a visit to Trinity Market around the corner from Hull Minster.

Trinity Market Hall, Hull
The Trinity Market Hall, Hull

We were pleasantly surprised as we entered the market hall, expecting to find rows of stalls selling fresh produce.  There are still a few of these traditional market traders at one end of the market hall but most of the area has been transformed into a street food emporium.  The modernised interior still retains many of its historical features but is now a light and airy food court with plenty of seating for casual dining.

Hull Minster
Hull Minster

After leaving the market hall we stepped inside the doors of the magnificent Hull Minster which is more than 700 years old but was only officially granted Minster status in 2017.  Prior to that it appeared in the Guinness Book of Records as England’s largest parish church.

Hull Minster
Hull Minster

The interior of the Minster is truly beautiful with its elaborate ceiling, stained glass windows and oak carved pews. Its marble font, which is still in use today, was used to baptise William Wilberforce the former member of Parliament for Hull who abolished the slave trade.  Outside the Minster in Trinity Square are some newly installed mirror pools creating a feeling of reflection. The square is surrounded by some elegant architecture and numerous events take place there including regular farmers markets.

The Spurn Lightship, Hull Marina
The Spurn Lightship, Hull Marina

Our weekend was nearing its end but we just had time for one last walk around the marina before collecting our luggage from the hotel.  Our attention was drawn to the Spurn Lightship which was built in 1937 and served for almost 50 years as a navigational aid in the treacherous River Humber.  The lightship is now enjoying a leisurely retirement as a museum boat with tours available between April and September.

Hull Marina
Pleasant walkways around Hull Marina

Back at our hotel, the Holiday Inn Hull Marina we collected our bags and took one last look at its stunning waterside views before returning to the railway station for our journey home.  I don’t know why it had taken me so long to get around to visiting Hull as there’s so much to see and do and makes for a very pleasant short break.  The city deserves its title of U.K. City of Culture with its rich maritime history, theatres and excellent museums of which most are free.  Hull occasionally gets some bad press but believe me, none of it’s true, it’s a great city and one to which I’ll be returning soon, that’s for sure.  A brightly coloured banner affixed to a lamppost proclaimed ‘Its never dull in Hull’ and I couldn’t agree more.

Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square
Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square

If you are considering a visit, Hull is easily accessible being just 41 miles (66km) from York and 155 miles (250km) from London with trains from the capital taking just two and a half hours.  P. & O. Ferries operate regular sailings to Hull from both Zeebrugge and Rotterdam making it an ideal choice for a short break across the North Sea.

Waterside Hull
Waterside Hull

I would like to thank Visit Hull and East Yorkshire for helping to make this visit possible.  As always, all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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38 thoughts on “Day 3. Hull and the Humber Bridge

  1. I am never sure what it is that drives me to walk across a long bridge, just so I can walk back, but have done so in many places around the world. Hull Minster is indeed beautiful. Thanks for taking us there Marion. Allan

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  6. Thank you most sincerely for a look at my grandmother’s home town. As I’ve probably mentioned, as a young woman, she was one of the thousands of residents terrorized by the Zeppelin raids during the first war, running into the streets so as not to be caught in in buildings if a bomb caught one there. Glorious to see the Minster. And thanks for the Humber Bridge — as promised!

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  7. As I can no longer enjoy touring the world I look forward to your very detailed travel descriptions and of course the high quality pictures you provide to make us feel we enjoyed the experience with you. Would love to have seen it all for real! 🙂

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  8. Arynne

    Hello! It’s been great reading through some of your posts! Since I’m just starting out writing about my travels, it’s been really great inspiration. My next few are actually going to be about my honeymoon in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin – so I made sure to read yours about the same cities!

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