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A Great Day Out!
The Deep (Hull)
Member Name: richa10a
The Deep (Hull)
Advantages: Great for all the family, reasonably priced shop.
The Deep is a major tourist attraction, housed alongside the River Humber, in Hull, East Yorkshire. I've always been interested in sea-life, so was keen to visit this attraction, which is touted as being one of the largest aquariums in the world. Having had a less-than-successful attempt at tropical fish keeping, I figured this would be a far easier way to indulge my fish-viewing pleasure...
The Deep is a very eye-catching building, designed to look like the prow of a ship. There is a small car park outside, which costs £3 (although visitors can redeem £2 back to spend in the gift shop, or cafe). After entering the building & paying admission (we used Tesco Clubcard vouchers for admission, so not entirely sure of the costs - somewhere in the region of £8 per adult I believe), visitors follow a path through various educational activities (aimed at young children, so we by-passed most of these sections), small tanks featuring small species of sea-life, & the usual written educational boards etc.
The first main attraction is the 'Endless Ocean' pool, which isn't very deep & can be viewed overhead, or from the side (this is ideal for little ones as the shorter you are, the easier you can view the tank!). Alongside is a shallow pool where visitors can have the opportunity to touch some of the Rays (a party of schoolchildren were doing so on our visit).
The main aquarium can be viewed from several points along the way. There are several smaller windows built into the wall, a tunnel underneath through which visitors can walk & view the sea-life swimming past overhead, & larger viewing windows through which stunning corals can be seen, with all manner of sea-life swimming past. There are several species of shark housed at The Deep, & these are the main attraction. I could easily spend a couple of hours just watching these amazing creatures circle past, along with schools of brightly coloured fish & rays etc.
The Deep wasn't too busy when we visited, but it was a late mid-week afternoon. I can imagine it gets very busy during school holidays & on weekends, & I'm sure viewing space is at a premium then. As it was, we were able to have a good view of the aquariums & weren't rushed in any way to move along. There are several knowledgeable employees along the way, who were always happy to answer questions.
There is a cafe serving hot & cold snacks, with seating available in the 'prow' of the building, offering great views over the river. According to the leaflet, there is also a restaurant (The 2 Rivers) which is open on weekend evenings, whereby visitors can 'dine with the sharks' as tables are positioned alongside the aquarium itself. I imagine this would make a very pleasant evening indeed, & allow for much more peaceful viewing.
The gift shop is extensive, & appeared to be reasonable priced (although we didn't buy anything - we spent our car parking refund in the cafe).
Overall, a great day out, & one I would highly recommend to anyone who may be visiting the area.
Summary: Worth visiting if you're in the area.
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