The cobbled streets of Kingston-Upon-Hull's old town instantly transport visitors back to a bygone age, while the modern buzz of its recently regenerated city centre serves as a testament to its bright future. Hull is the UK Capital of Culture for 2017 and it's clear to see why, from the rich history of the Museums Quarter to its breath-taking marina, retro markets and quirky shopping streets – Yorkshire's only waterfront city truly is one of a kind.
Head straight for the striking architecture of the old town, home to a diverse collection of free museums and exhibits to get a flavour of the history of this great city. You'll also find a cavalcade of old-timey shopping arcades and side streets, where Mr Marks and Mr Spencer opened one of their first penny bazaars. Today it is home to a wonderfully quirky blend of vintage stalls and independent boutiques.
Looking to escape the city? No problem, Hull also has some of the north-east's most stunning countryside and coastline. Take a stroll along the marina or take a ride on the swinging footbridge that connects the east and west banks of the River Hull - the only one in the UK which can be hopped on or off as it is turning!
Stay by Hull's vibrant waterside and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes – from the super-cool Thieving Harry's cafe to the style and sophistication of 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, which serves up locally sourced British cuisine.
Finally, make your way to The Deep, the world's one and only submarium – home to its very own colony of Gentoo penguins.