First impressions of Hull

A guided tour into the Old Town

Hull is more than what I was expecting. Having decided upon other destinations for my semester abroad, I had no clue where the city was located. I googled it to have a general picture of Hull, but it wasn’t love at first sight.

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After a few days here my friends and I signed up for a guided tour in the old town. We met at the Tourist Information Center and Paul, our guide, took us to all the streets and main attractions. I discovered typical pubs, beautiful squares, a lot of nice typical English houses, art galleries and eight free museums.

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Surprisingly, I had to admit that Hull is a very nice city. Not too big and chaotic but still perfect for students. Hull has a beautiful small harbor that reminded me of Genoa, my home town. I can’t live in a city without a river or the sea, I’m too used to being close to the water. 

Based in the Yorkshire region, Hull is the main port of River Humber and it has a significant past that is shown through its architecture and museums. During the 13th century it was part of the economic trade alliance called Hanseatic League and its port was a gateway to the rest of the world. Today the main attractions of the city include The Old Grammar School, the Holy Trinity Church and its square, the Beverly Gate, the Statue of King Billy and The Deep which is considered one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. Hull combines a rich culture and social scene, in fact four different trails are offered in order to discover the city. In November 2013 Hull has been nominated as the UK City of Culture 2017.

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What do you think?