For those of you who don’t know, I originate from the ‘little town on the East coast’ oh aye- Hull. Hull in the past has been unfairly gifted a bad reputation but is really a place full of rich History and great restaurants (at good prices). Don’t believe me? Then you must read on, and more importantly come and see for yourselves.
When a lot of my friends left Hull after University to pursue dreams in other cities, I remained. Why I hear you ask? Because I love it. I’ve been fortunate enough to explore a lot of places in the world, but Hull is my Home. I was over the moon when Hull found out it was the chosen City for City of Culture. This city is so deserving of the investment. Now, in the first few months of 2017, it is finally having it’s Renaissance.
I went on a tour of Hull called ‘Knowing Hull’ with award nominated tour Guide Paul Schofield as part of my work as a volunteer for City of Culture. Not only was Paul endearing and charming as a ‘proper ‘ull lad’ but he was extremely informative and literally lit a spark in everyone’s eyes when he was explaining this cities rich history to us. Not getting bogged down with facts, Paul kept it simple and sweet as we walked from sight to sight across the city. Hull was heavily bombed during the war and therefore a lot of our historic buildings are no longer with us, but what we do have is incredible. It’s a myth that because of this ‘Hull lacks culture’ or historic background. Paul proves this on his tour.
Without giving it all away… His well constructed tour began at the Tourist Information spot, tucked under the beautiful City Hall and currently intruded upon by the giant Siemens blade that sits looking over Queen Vic. We were then guided through the Old Town, the Marina, the Georgian Quarter and the newer parts of town. During the journey Paul picks out key buildings and advises you ‘look up’ at the key Architecture we miss on our day to day lives. Paul cheekily tells the tales of Hull closing the gates on the King, Where to find the best Fish and Chips in Hull (it’s Lion and Key FYI) and where you can go for a free carriage ride any day of the week. Our tour concluded at Hull Truck Theatre for a nice cup of tea and a quick quiz to gather our thoughts on what we had learned.
Paul also undertakes tours of Old Town Pubs, Old Town Sculptures and Decoration, Parks and Gardens, The Avenues and Pearson Park, Blue Plaques and much much more.You can find out more about his tours and how to book them here. Paul has more recently been nominated for a Tourism Superstar Award and you can vote for him here to give him the recognition he deserves.