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July 2021
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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

Sitting on the northern shore of the Humber Estuary, Hull is a historic port city that has undergone some serious rejevenation. The recent UK City of Culture, Hull has never looked back – with the revitalised marina and fruit market becoming the new beating heart of the city’s social landscape. Be sure to experience the maritime history sites and museums that tell of Hull’s remarkable connections to the rest of the world through its port (and they’re free!). Curving its way between the North Sea and Humber Estuary you’ll find Spurn Point – a three-mile-long peninsula sometime’s called Yorkshire’s own Land’s End. Spurn Point is an important wildlife haven, as well as offering servings of seaside fun for the whole family.
Base Camp

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.

Perfect Weekend

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.

Must See

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.

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