The UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is one of the north’s most desirable places to live and visit.
Proud and vibrant, Hull is the true north – an independent waterfront city that welcomes contributions and defies expectations.
The perfect place to live, work, invest, study or create, it is like nowhere else.
Characterful period houses, waterfront apartments and stylish properties with spacious gardens are among an abundance of appealing places to live in the city.
Safe, attractive neighbourhoods close to the city centre include the beautiful Hull Marina and nearby Fruit Market area, while the charming Old Town features Georgian townhouses and quirky converted properties, including the instantly recognisable Prince Street. The nearby Victoria Dock is an urban village with its own primary school.
Just minutes from the city centre, the tree-lined streets of The Avenues feature grand historical properties, popular among the city’s culture-loving residents and close to dozens of restaurants and bars, with a short journey time to the city centre for those who choose to walk, cycle or take public transport to work.
To the east, Garden Village is another of the city’s desirable leafy areas, while Kingswood in the north of the city is a quiet and safe yet thriving community.
For those who prefer a more rural lifestyle, Hull is within an hour's drive from some of Yorkshire's most picturesque market and coastal towns and villages, including beautiful, ancient Beverley.
A city of culture
News of Hull’s status as a hive of cultural activity spread across the globe in 2017 as an audience of five million people attended a host of world-class events, exhibitions and cultural activities.
And the city is continuing to produce an incredible programme of huge acts, festivals and installations for its residents and visitors alike.
Its magnificent visitor attractions include The Deep aquarium, The Ferens Art Gallery and the historic Museums Quarter.
The Hull New Theatre and Hull City Hall regularly attract international companies such as The Russian State Ballet, while the Hull Truck Theatre is one of the UK’s most well-known independent companies. The new Hull Venue, a £36 million state-of-the-art 3,500-seat music and events complex, is attracting the best UK and international acts.
A tremendous level of investment has already been seen in Hull to provide new educational facilities that will deliver a workforce ready to take advantage of the city’s economic renaissance.
An ambitious £400-million-plus programme saw all of the city’s secondary and special schools, plus three of its primary schools, rebuilt or remodelled. This education regeneration programme – the largest-ever in Hull – transformed the city’s educational facilities by providing state-of-the-art learning environments for students and teaching staff.
The city hosts a family of excellent academies and state schools, providing the highest level of education to its pupils, complemented by private schools that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in Yorkshire and the north. The positive effects can already be seen through exam results that have improved across every level.
The city’s thriving restaurant and bar scene is headlined by busy independent outlets in the city’s vibrant Fruit Market and Avenues areas, while pubs in the Old Town are filled with personality.
Hull has an impressive number of parks and green spaces, with several country houses in the area around the city, while walkers and cyclists are spoiled by routes including the magnificent Yorkshire Wolds Way.
Sport fans in Hull roar on two top-flight rugby teams, while Hull City AFC have spent the majority of recent seasons playing against the country's top football teams in the Premier League.
Britain’s most entrepreneurial city is home to more than 8,000 businesses, including major private sector employers such as RB, Cranswick plc, Arco, Willerby Group, Smith & Nephew and Siemens plus a raft of successful individuals, startups and SMEs.