I have lived in Hull all of my life and I do a lot of shopping mainly in Hull and therefore can give a good idea to anybody planning to come shopping in Hull. I do not think that shopping in Hull is as good as other places nearby such as York but it still has a fair amount of shops which can make it a fairly enjoyable day or more probably half a day starting at about 12.
The first thing I want to say about Hull is do not listen to what other people say Hull is a nice place to live and shop and if not full of chavs as many people try to make out.
Hull has recently opened a new shopping centre (St Stephens) which I now do not know what I did without even just the opening of Tesco in town has made my life so much easier. The other main shopping centre in Hull is Princes Quay however since the opening of St Stephens has actually gone down hill as a lot of shops left to go to St Stephens and no new shops have come to take over their place and some shops in Princes Quay have also opened new stores in St Stephens and kept their old store in Princes Quay so there is not as much need to go to Princes Quay as there used to be. Apart from their amazing cinema Vue which is far better than the one in St Stephens. There is also Prospect Centre but I do not really think you can call that a shopping centre more the street with a roof however if you are looking for a BBs I would recommend the one in Prospect Centre and it is absolutely freezing in St Stephens. Prospect Centre has shops such as WH Smiths, Wilkinson's, Gamestation, CEX, Miss Selfridges and the always popular poundshop. There are also many shops on the streets such as Whitefriargate with shops such as New Look, Marks and Spencer, Lush and HMV. Hull also has some department stores such as BHS, Debenhams and House of Frasers. However King Edward Street seems very quiet since the closure of Woolworths.
Ouside the centre of Hull I find Kingswood to be the best place to shop with ASDA, Next, Matalan and Argos as well as bowling and Cineworld.
Princes Quay has stores such as Earnest Jones, Game, Disney shop, Superdrug, Dorothy Perkins, what I think can only be called a sale New Look were the sell all the items that they do not sell in the main store, Vision Express and River Island, plus a fantastic Vue at the top where the market area used to be.
St Stephens has stores like Tesco which I do not know how anybody lived without as I always buy my sandwiches from there and it is much cheaper and they have normal flavours unlike boots for example who have the weirdest sandwiches. St Stephens as I said have taken many shops from Princes Quay such as TK Maxx which now makes the bottom of Princes Quay almost pointless and also there are many duplicates such as Game, Top Shop, River Island, New Look and Dorothy Perkins. An Argos recently moved into St Stephens and I don't think anybody would believe moved from across the road from St Stephens and they could have carried all there stock over if the had wanted to that's how close it is. New stores have come to Hull which we have never had before including H&M, Zara and Jane Norman. Plus Next has moved into St Stephens and is now much better than it used to be. However despite the fact I use St Stephens a lot I do have disputes with the place for example when it rains the place does sometimes leak. My main dispute though would be the cold as inside St Stephens is colder than outside and even some of the staff have to wear coats in winter which does not look very professional.
As well as shopping in Hull there are also some amazing places to eat include more Weatherspoons than any city needs. Hull also has some amazing free Museums including the Wilberforce museum which is for William Wilberforce who was actually from Hull.
I think Hull id maybe not one of the major cities but this last year many more people have come to Hull as Hull City finally went into the Premiership and I would recommend anybody coming to Hull for Hull Citys games in their second season should have a look around Hull and not just go to KC and leave. People who are near Hull for example on holiday should give Hull a try as trust me you would be pleasantly surprised how different Hull is to the awful press they receive from people who have never actually been to Hull.
I have lived in Hull for most of my life (I'm 26). I find that the shops are a good mix and there is something for everyone. For anyone coming into Hull from the outside, I can assure them it is clean, friendly and there is plenty to do other than shopping. If you want to mix your shopping trip in with cafes, bars, free museums and the odd historical walk, then Hull is the ideal place for a day or two. Add that to the great value that shops in northern cities ultimately brings, then you can't go wrong. For the city centre, it is very easy to find. There are really only two major routes into the town from outside of Hull and both are very well signposted. There are lots of good value car parks in the centre or, alternatively, use the park and ride which is sign posted too. However, avoid the park and ride on Hull City or Hull FC match days or you'll end up in all the stadium traffic. The city centre is huge but is easy to navigate as it is based around a lot of large and small streets, focusing on Queen Victoria Square. The large shopping centre, Princes Quay, is just off the square. It has many shops from County Bookstore, Superdrug, Top Shop to Gap and The Disney Store. It also has a lot of small independent shops selling bags, vinyl records and retro clothing. Whitefriargate used to be the centre of Hull shopping life but has suffered a bit with the opening of Princes Quay. However, it still has a lot of established shops including Marks & Spencer, Littlewoods, HMV and a Lush is opening soon, according to my very well informed sister. At the end of Whitefriargate is the indoor market and Hepworth's arcade, both of which have had extensive modernisation in recent times and are worth a visit. The other streets consist of King Edward Street, Jameson Street and Carr Lane, as well as many other smaller side streets and arcades, including The Prospect Centre which houses shops such as
Miss Selfridge, MVC and Etam. The designer outlets can be found in Saville Street, off Queen Victoria Square, as well as in the department stores, which consist of BHS, Debenhams, Allders and House of Fraser (or Binns as the older residents know it as). Other shops in Hull City Centre include Woolworths, The Body Shop, Thorntons and all the usual high street stores. As Hull is a university city, there seems to be a larger than average proportion of candle shops selling bohemian clothing, tarot cards, ethnic statues and such like. The best example of this is Kathmandu, at the top of Carr Lane. Hull also has several local shopping roads or avenues, mainly Holderness Road, Newland Avenue and Hessle Road. The beauty of these streets is you can walk the length of any one of them and find something of everything you need. Also, these shops tend to be independent, cheaper and a lot more friendly. However, I would not say that these were for your more traditional credit-card bending trip. There are also some large shopping parks around of Hull. Kingswood (to the north) has Matalan, Argos, ASDA, Next and Sports Soccer. St Andrew's Quay (to the West) has B&Q and DFS. Kingston Retail Park (near the centre and marina) has Toys R Us, Au Naturelle and a Mothercare. New shops are coming into Hull all the time and I'm very happy to see it as I think Hull's potential as a shopping venue has been overlooked for a long time. I like Hull because it is good value, has everything you need and if you get bored of shopping, there is always a museum to pop into or a cafe to chill out in. The City Centre shops have started to open on a Sunday and certainaly the bigger stores and Princes Quay are open all week long. Most shops are open late on a Thursday in the run up to Christmas. Beware of the shops on the local roads, as some still have half day closing on one weekday, usually Wednesday.
Shopping in Hull, I live here so I dont have a choice, if I did? Hulls main shopping streets are mostly occupied by the main high street chains (m+s, boots etc) mixed with more than our fair share of pound stores and mobile phone shops. If its something differnt you are looking for, you have to look very hard in Hull, but it is there. The indoor markets are well kept but mostly sell meat, fruit and veg and some fish, much nicer than shopping in a Tescos metro. Hepworth and Parogan arcades would once have been architecturaly impressive but now need some tlc. The joke shop and Beasleys (clothes), both in hepworths are both very popular. Saville Street is very popular for independent fashion stores, but mostly attracts people who live up their own a***S. Princes Quay is the main indoor shopping center in the city, its built in stilts in one of the old docks, its light and airy,have a look on the top deck for shops with a difference. Hull has a foe department store, but I would say that Hammonds is the best, and always seems to have an air of utter calm when you walk in. So Hull is worth a look, day trip from Leeds or York if you get fed up of the crowds, Hull is cleaner, cheeper, as historical and more welcoming then either.