Hull Landmarks and Monuments
(Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK)
During the Blitz in the WWII, Kingston Upon Hull was the second-most bombed city in the United Kingdom, after only London
, meaning that some of its most beautiful landmarks were damaged and destroyed. However, there are still many resplendent Victorian buildings and landmarks in central Hull, particularly around the Queen Victoria Square, the docks, and the Old Town area, which still exudes a noticeable medieval character.
A historic gun battery lying alongside the Humber Estuary, Fort Paull is located on the outskirts of Hull, in the neighbouring village of Paull and just a short distance from the North Sea Ferry Terminal. More landmarks in the city include the striking KC Stadium (Kingston Communications Stadium) and the world record-breaking Humber Bridge.
Queen Victoria Square
Address: Queen Victoria Square, Kingston Upon Hull, England, UK
The Queen Victoria Square forms the heart of Hull and is surrounded by busy shopping streets, which radiate outwards in all directions and date from the late 19th century. Centred around a regal statue of a young Queen Victoria, the square is home to a number of popular attractions and sights, such as the Hull Museum
, the Ferens Art Gallery
and the imposing City Hall. A recent addition is the giant BBC Big Screen, which is rather steeped in controversy and stands at the entrance to Jameson Street.
Open hours: daily
University of Hull
Address: Cottingham Road, Kingston Upon Hull, HU6 7RX, England, UK
Tel: +44 01482 346311
The university of Hull is the city's premier educational landmark and was founded as long ago as 1927. This attractive university started life as a small college and initially comprised just a single structure, named the 'Venn Building'. Constructed using red bricks and quite traditional in its appearance, the Venn Building is currently used as a centre for administration. Since the turn of the millennium, the University of Hull has enjoyed considerable expansion, purchasing the site of the University College Scarborough and many adjoining buildings owned by the University of Lincoln. Students now top 22,000, while combined staff and faculty numbers are currently over 3,000 people.
Open hours: daily
KC Stadium (Kingston Communications Stadium)
Address: The Circle, Walton Street, Anlaby Road, Kingston Upon Hull, HU3 6HU, England, UK
Tel: +44 0870 837 0004 (ticket office)
Officially known as the Kingston Communications Stadium, the KC Stadium was originally conceived in the nineties and built soon afterwards, being completed in 2002 and costing more than £44 million to construct. The KC Stadium is traditionally bowl-shaped and can accommodate more than 25,000-seated spectators, who regularly come here to watch both football and rugby league matches. Each year the stadium is also used to host major concerts, with past artists including Elton John.
Open hours: hours vary according to football match / event
Admission: charge for events
Address: Kingston Upon Hull, England, UK
Tel: +44 01482 647161
Formerly the longest single-spanning suspension bridge on the planet for no less than 17 years, the Humber Bridge is currently the fifth-largest and still quite a sight to behold, stretching for more than 2,200 metres / 7,220 feet across the estuary. Plans for the Humber Bridge began in the 1930s and after many revisions and discussions about tunnel possibilities, building work finally commenced in 1973, with the bridge being officially opened in 1981 by Queen Elizabeth II. An iconic landmark connecting North Lincolnshire with the East Riding of Yorkshire area, the Humber Bridge was used by around 90,000 vehicles in its first year, and today serves more than 120,000 vehicles every single week.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: tolls for crossing vehicles, including both cars and motorcycles
Holy Trinity Church
Address: Market Place, Kingston Upon Hull, HU1 1RR, England, UK
Tel: +44 01482 324835
The city's magnificent Holy Trinity Church dates back more than 700 years and is actually the biggest parish church in the whole of England
, when measured by actual floor space. Standing in the heart of the Old Town area and known for its grand medieval architecture, beautiful 15th- and 16th-century stained-glass windows, elaborately carved marble font and a truly historic pipe organ, this Anglican parish church is understandably a Grade 1 listed landmark. Regular choir recitals take place at the Holy Trinity Church, being staged each month, on the second Wednesday (at 13:00) and on the third Saturday (at 19:30).
Open hours: April to September, Monday to Friday - 11:00 to 14:00, Saturday - 11:00 to 15:00; October to March, Tuesday to Friday - 11:00 to 14:00, Sunday services throughout the year
Admission: free, donations appreciated
Address: Battery Road, Paull, Near Kingston Upon Hull, HU12 8FP, England, UK
Tel: +44 01482 896236
This waterfront fortress was built in the early 1860s, although further fortifications have stood here over the past 500 years. Pentagonal in shape and set within some 4 hectares / 10 acres of spreading grounds, Fort Paull has been extensively used as a training base and is now home to much military memorabilia, including the only remaining Blackburn Beverley Aircraft still in existence.
Open hours: March to October, daily -10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children