City of Culture 2017

Hull was announced the winner of UK City of Culture 2017 in 2013. The award is given every four years to a city that demonstrates the belief in the transformational power of culture.

To deliver on this promise, Hull City Council set up Hull UK City of Culture 2017 as an independent company and charitable trust. The team are now working hard to deliver 365 days of transformative cultural activity in 2017.

The arts and cultural programme for the year celebrates the unique character of the city, its people, history and geography. In 2017, the programme runs from 1 Jan to 31 Dec and is split into four seasons, each with something distinctive and intriguing to say, and each created to challenge and thrill.

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History & Things to do

The cobbled streets of the city's Old Town transports visitors back to days gone by when Hull was trading with the medieval Hanseatic League. Visit the free Museums Quarter where you can track Hull's course through the history books.

Hull is also blessed to be home to the spectacular aquarium - The Deep- home to a whopping 3,500 fish including a pair of Green Sawfish, sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins.

Take a stroll along the Marina to the retro Fruit Market, home to an abundance of new creative and cultural venues including the world's only Museum of Club Culture alongside art galleries and eateries.

In Hull’s Old Town, there is evidence of many period throughout history. With many original features it is clear that Hull has a significant place within British history. Hull’s Old Town is a hidden treasure where you will discover Hull’s collection of free museums including Streetlife Museum of Transport, where all the family can climb aboard a tram or take a carriage ride into the past, and Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology where you’ll find a life-size woolly mammoth. It is also home to Hepworth Arcade where Mr Marks and Mr Spencer had one of their first penny bazaars! There is also a strong link between Hull Old Town and the English Civil War with the alleged plotting parlour at Ye Olde White Harte and the actual spot at which Charles I was refused entry to the city of Hull – Beverley Gate, as well as the world’s smallest window the George Hotel.

More information on what to do when visiting Hull can be found here.