Hull Shopping and Districts

(Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK)

Image of the city centre shopsAlthough there are scores of shops lining the streets around Hull city centre, many shoppers do tend to head straight to the extremely popular Princes Quay Shopping Centre. Standing on a total of 400 enormous stilts and literally hovering directly above the princes Dock, this vast indoor shopping mall is home to roughly 80 different shops and outlets, along with a large car park with 1,000 spaces.

Hull's rather glamorous Princes Quay Shopping Centre is spread over four different floors, which are known as the Harbour Deck, the Main Deck, the Upper Deck and the Cinema Top Deck, where a multi-screen digital cinema complex resides. Popular shops in the mall include the Disney Store, Monsoon, River Island, Top Shop and Wallis, amongst other well-known brand names.

City centre view, showing the Maritime Museum

When to Shop and Opening Hours

The Princes Quay Shopping Centre is open seven days a week as follows:

Most shops and department stores throughout the city tend to loosely following these opening hours.

Photo of central shoppers

Where to Shop

Apart from the Princes Quay, other notable shopping centres in Hull include the centrally located St. Stephen's Mall, which stands on the Ferensway and was opened in 2007. St. Stephen's incorporates an appealing mixture of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as being home to a theatre, an onsite hotel and a popular Gala bingo centre.

High-street fashion in Hull city centre is also readily available at the Prospect Shopping Centre, which is located on Prospect Street (off George Street) and features a 200-space car park and some chain stores, such as Boots the Chemist, WH Smith and Wilkinsons.

Also worth mentioning is the leisure and retail development of Quay West, which is planned to open in 2012 at the cost of more than £300 million. Nearby in Hornsea, the Freeport Shopping Outlet Village on Rolston Road is a particularly good place to pick up some genuine bargains. The outlying market towns of Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield and Pocklington are also often of interest.