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Fish Trail Tour (Hull)
Member Name: ermintrude
Fish Trail Tour (Hull)
Date: 19/08/00, updated on 19/08/00 (64 review reads)
Advantages: See more of Hull; excellent fishy artwork
Disadvantages: A bit long for some people; you might not like fish :)
For anyone who wants to see quite a lot of Hull, but doesn't fancy aimless wandering, I heartily recommend the Fish Trail.
Listed on a leaflet available from the Tourist Information Centre, there are various representations of fish set around the city. Some are carved stones set in the pavement, some are metal, there are sculptures, railings and even fish burned into the wooden planking of the Victoria Pier. Twenty-six different species are represented, one for each letter of the alphabet, and all have been brought into the port at some point in history.
The trail is quite long - I think we took about half a day including lots of stops for photographs, but I seem to remember there are bits you can miss out if you can't face any more fish. However, I really enjoyed the sense of exploration and searching for the fish in the designated area (okay, so I'm a big kid). The carvings and other representations are all in different styles and materials, and very well done.
Taking in places such as Trinity church (amazingly juxtaposed with the reflective office block across the street - also check out the underground loos up the road by the pub!), Victoria Pier (again, cool loos - this is another side of Hull I guess :), the tidal barrage and the transport museum, the tour is certainly comprehensive, and a great way to see more of the city than just the shops.
I believe the leaflet should cost £1, but we got it for free as they had run out, and only had photocopies left. But it's a pound well spent if you ask me.
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