Hull and Spurn Point
Hull and Spurn Point offer the best of both worlds. With a city centre revamp and boat- loads of charm and heritage – these two seaside spots should be at the top of your bucket list this summer
Expect a warm welcome and homely atmosphere from the family-run Kingston Theatre Hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city, but still offers a peaceful stay, with views over the picturesque Kingston Gardens and the Hull New Theatre. Just a stone’s throw away from Humber Dock Marina you’ll find Green Ginger House Hotel, boasting nine boutique-style, luxury apartments and studios. Although the few habitable properties on Spurn Point are taken up by the RNLI, you can still find a place to rest your head nearby. The Dunedin Country Hotel is located in the quaint village of Patrington and is a mere 20-minute drive from the peninsula, offering home-cooked breakfasts and elegant decor.
At the top of your to-do list has to be The Deep. It’s a spectacular aquarium for conservation that is home to more than 5,000 marine animals, including sharks, rays and penguins – the ultimate day out that is sure to make a splash with the kids! Despite being part of an ever-changing landscape, there is still so much to see and do on Spurn Point – but make sure you look into tide times before you pay a visit. Take a walk along the captivating three-mile stretch, or if you fancy an adventure, why not try a Spurn Safari? In an ex-military Unimog, you’ll be given a three-hour tour of the peninsula and cart-fulls of fun for the whole family. While you’re there, pay a visit to The Spurn Discovery Centre Café – serving delicious hot and cold food to fuel your seaside adventures. And there’s plenty of places to grab a seaside-inspired bite back in Hull, such as Humber Fish Co – where you can enjoy incredible seafood al fresco from the comfort of their Fisherman’s Cove courtyard. There’s also The Old House – serving locally-sourced king scallops and blow torched mackerel to complete your marine-themed stay.
You can’t go to Hull and not take in the captivating silhouette of the Humber Bridge, stretching across the waters of Humber Estuary. The 1.4 mile-long landmark was once known as the world’s longest suspension bridge and was given Grade I-listed status in 2017. Spurn Lighthouse has panoramic views over Spurn and the cross-channel ferries approaching the Humber. Resting beneath the lighthouse are WW1 and WW2 fortifications, where you can view the weather-beaten defences set up on the shores of the peninsula, and appreciate the role Spurn Point played in Britain’s wartime defence.