Hop on the Hull Explorer and see more of the city


For 2017, Hull gets its very own tour bus. We hopped aboard the Hull Explorer to find out more.

Setting off from the Cenotaph, opposite Paragon Interchange, the hop-on, hop-off service promises residents and visitors an alternative view of Hull UK City of Culture.

The one-and-a-half hour journey takes you around the city’s popular sights, including Queen Victoria Square, the Museums Quarter and Hull Minster, ending at the picturesque Hull Marina.

In total, East Yorkshire Motor Services will be running six journeys each day from Thursday through till Monday during summer. The launch day is this Saturday and the service will continue until Sunday 3 September.

“We think that Hull deserves an open top bus. So many other cities have them,” enthuses Claire Robinson, EYMS Marketing Manager, as we’re stood outside The Deep.

“We’re offering the people of Hull, as well as those who are new here, a different view of the beautiful sights the city has.”

A knowledgeable tour guide allows you to discover some of the city’s best-kept secrets, including the striking architecture of Old Town, significant historical events, and the meaning behind some of Hull’s bizarre place names.

Hull 2017 volunteers are on board during our trip, so we discussed their pride for the city:

“You can see things that you wouldn’t normally see and learn about the heritage of our fantastic city,” says Annie Holmes, a dedicated City of Culture volunteer. “I think it will be really good… as long as it doesn’t rain,” she chuckles.

Even if the weather does take a turn for the worse, you can keep dry on the bottom deck and still take in the sights. The top desk is also partially covered.

The bus can also be used by tourists as a way to get from one landmark to another. Your ticket lasts all day and you can alight and re-board at several specific stops. This is great if you want to spend a little longer at one of Hull’s fantastic attractions, such as The Deep or our many free museums.

As we drive through the city centre, everyone is ecstatic to see the bus, waving and smiling at all the passengers aboard. It is clear that the locals have an intense passion for their city and its culture.

And it’s easy to see why, as you learn about the fascinating legends that run deep through the city.

“We’re really hoping that this tour gives the story of Hull a platform,” Claire adds.

Adult day tickets are £8, whilst child day tickets cost £5. Children under 5 can hop on for free. You can also buy a family pass for £21. Concessionary tickets for those with bus passes are available for £6.

There’s no need to book in advance, you simply purchase it from the driver upon arrival. Find out more about the Hull Explorer.

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