I was recently approached by The Car People and asked to write up a post about my favourite place in the North and why I love it! This is for their #NotSoGrimUpNorth campaign. How could I go for anything besides from my home town of Hull, which just happens to also be the UK City of Culture for 2017!?
I love living in Hull. You can get a pint for under £3, take away chips come with chip spice and they actually know what a patty is when you ask for it in the fish and chip shop (they’re great btw)! The main point of this post was to showcase some of my favourite parts of my favourite place and because I picked the place I live I was able to go out and take a lot of photos of the best parts of the city. Let me take you on a little tour…
The City Centre
If you take the time to look up and properly look at the buildings in the city centre they are really beautiful. I’m a bit of a sucker for good architecture and aesthetically pleasing buildings. The super huge white thing is ‘the blade’. It’s a legit wind turbine which has been erected in Victoria Square as part of the City of Culture things that are going on. It actually looks photoshopped in real life too.
into The Old Town
You can then walk along the left past the pub and across the swing bridge, or take a right down towards The Deep (basically a huge aquarium built over the water) and the marina.
The Deep/The Marina
I got chatting with a guy who was sitting looking out at this view and eating his fish and chips for lunch about our opinions on The Deep and it’s structure. I love the blue tiling at the top and the glass point that you can see in this photo is the restaurant, so it’s great to sit in there and look out over the water.
I then followed the bridges back around and had a walk down Humber Street which is probably my favourite place in Hull. It’s quirky and artsy with some really lovely cafes and restaurants and has Fruit, the old fruit market, turned concert/events venue. Unfortunately they’re doing a lot of renovation at the moment, so excuse the scaffolding.
Can you tell that I’m a sucker for store fronts!? Humber Street is so colourful and looks even more lovely when the sun’s out. Beal Homes are currently developing down there and I’m very excited to see what’s going to come from that so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for updates.
Once at the end of Humber Street you’ve reached the marina which looks so beautiful with the sun bouncing off the boats and the water. There are some gorgeous restaurants on the front and the Humber Tavern pub, which for obvious reasons used to be called Green Bricks and is my favourite pub in Hull simply for eye pleasing value.
After my little wander along the marina, I crossed the main road and walked back past Princes Quay shopping centre and into town again. I had a really lovely afternoon taking in some sights and scenery that I don’t often get to appreciate when I’m just out doing other things. I had my podcast to listen to and just took some time to myself to really capture Hull from my point of view and give you a little taste of why I love it.
Welcome to Hull, it’s not shit any more.
You can find my image, along with so many other amazing photographs from other bloggers in the North here: https://www.thecarpeople.co.uk/not-so-grim
This post is in partnership with The Car People as part of their #notsogrimupnorth campaign. All views + photographs are my own.