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Hull Area Guide

Maritime Museum, Hull Image courtesy of Flickr user Chris Jobling

Kingston Upon Hull, more commonly referred to as Hull, has a reputation for being run down, and certainly the town has seen considerable decline since the Industrial Revolution. It took a hammering during the war, which meant a lot of its historical architecture has sadly been lost.

Despite this, Hull has an attractive, historical old town and it sits on the southern edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. Its location next to the sea and on the River Hull means it has a lot of beautiful riverside and seaside development.

Hull has also seen significant development over the past twenty years, with new retail areas and offices, although this has stalled somewhat due to recent government cuts.

Demographics

The population of Hull has shrunk since the 1930s, which reflects the decline in Hull's traditional industries of trading and seafaring. The town consists mostly of white British people, with a small minority of Iranian Kurds who were placed in the town by the Home Office while their asylum applications were being processed.

Many people still work in traditional industrial jobs such as skilled trades or machine operatives, although sales and customer services are also big employers. The average income is one of the lowest in the UK and the unemployment rate stood at 62.4% in 2010.

Education

Hull has 14 secondary schools and 11 primary schools. Educational attainment is low in the area, with only 29.3% achieving GCSE grades A-C in 2008. The highest performing state school is Malet Lambert School, but there are also two public schools, Hymers College and Hull Collegiate School.

Transport

There are direct train services running to London, Manchester and Leeds, although these aren't as frequent as some other places in the country. Hull is right next to the Humber Bridge, which means it has a direct link by road to cities in the south, while cities to the West and North are served by the nearby M62.

If you want to travel abroad you can depart from Robin Hood Airport, which is about 50 miles away with has numerous flights to Europe. There is also a ferry service taking cars and passengers to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

Travel around the city itself is by numerous bus routes, which operate out of the newly constructed Hull Paragon Interchange transport hub.

Amenities and Shopping

There is plenty of shopping to be had in Hull, with three big shopping centres and a number of shopping streets. The most unusual of these is probably the Princes Quay Shopping Centre, which is a modern building that sits on stilts above the water. It has a variety of chain stores and a Vue Cinema. The St Stephen's Shopping Centre is larger with a wider variety of stores to choose from, particularly clothes stores such as Topshop, Superdry and Next. The centre also has a number of restaurants such as Nando's and The Real China.

Hull has three theatres, a museum quarter, Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.