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A visit to Hull is always the start of great stories. The old historical cobbled streets of the city’s Old Town – takes visitors back to days gone by. Les Routiers want to celebrate this superb city and their fantastic achievement on gaining the title of UK’s City of Culture 2017.

This lovely corner of England boasts a cosmopolitan city, colourful seaside, a jaw-dropping coastline and miles and miles of tranquil countryside! Whether it’s a night on the tiles, clambering over cliffs or strolling around a stately home, Hull has got you covered.

Head towards Tower Street to submerge yourself in everything Aquatic. The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, it is home to over 6,500 fish including magnificent sharks and rays. It offers a unique mixture of stunning marine life, interactive and audio-visual presentations which together tell the dramatic story of the world’s oceans. Travel from tropical lagoons to the icy waters of Antarctica, as you descend deeper into the oceans, and come face to face with hundreds of exotic species.

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Daily highlights include dive presentations, exciting animal feedings and discovery corner where you can get up close with some of the spectacular animals. Make sure before you leave to take a ride in the glass lift through the 10m tank and walking through Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel.

On November 30th get into the festive mood with a visit to the wonderful Danish Christmas Market, located at The Danish Seamen’s Church. This annual Scandinavian Christmas Market is a great place to buy a large selection of Scandinavian designer Christmas decorations, gifts, candles and speciality food including a wide range of tasty Danish open sandwiches at ‘The Captain’s Table’. In addition there are lots of fun and features for both children and adults.

One of the most fascinating country houses, Burton Constable is a large Elizabethan mansion set in a 300-acre park! Walk into 30 rooms of splendour with interiors filled with luxury antiquities such as fine furniture, paintings and sculpture. A library of 5,000 books and a remarkable 18th Century cabinet of curiosities will be sure to keep you fascinated. Occupied by the Constable family for over 400 years, the house still maintains the atmosphere of a home.

Take refreshments in the newly refurbished Tea Room or even bring your own picnic and relax on the lawns and play draughts or croquet by the Orangery. Or for the more energetic guests, why not take advantage of the free Parkland Experience Packs (complete with bug collector, magnifying glass, binoculars and orienteering map) and explore the magnificent parkland, pastures, wild fowl lakes and look for the numerous birds, animals and creepy-crawly ‘minibeasts’ that inhabit the park. Idle along a leafy lane with its banks of wild flowers… discover a sheep-dotted valley with dramatic views of this fantastic location.

A journey to the countryside wouldn’t be complete without a stop at a local eatery to sample some local homemade food. Travel 50 minutes to South Yorkshire and visit a Les Routiers Listed Establishment, The Stockyard Pub. This independent pub provides fresh, home cooked food with a warm friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The Stockyard is a unique place full of rustic charm and traditional values, whether you fancy a quiet night with good food or a fun filled music night provided by regular organist to sing along to.

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The jewel in the crown has to be Harry’s bar, in which they provide numerous entertainment nights with music, singing and dancing. On Monday, Fridays and Sunday nights there is a more sedate vibe where you can enjoy a good conversation.

You can always expect a friendly welcome and good food at The Stockyard with a relaxed feeling and excellent value for money – what more could you possibly wish for.

With so many great experiences and attractions just waiting to be explored – all at tremendous value for money prices – you can cram in so much more. Whether it’s a full holiday or a flying weekend break, you will be sure to have a fun filled time when visiting Hull.

November 22, 2013 | Les Routiers UK

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