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The deep, Hull
The Deep (Hull)
Member Name: doriee
The Deep (Hull)
Advantages: fascinating, educational, local, cheap, good experience
Yesterday me, my partner and my niece decided we were going to go visit the deep. Armed with sweets, drinks, travel sickness pills and a raging hangover we set off from good old Grimsby to the deep located in Hull. On the way we had to cross the Humber bridge which now thankfully has been lowered to £1.50 each way. Once we were across the bridge there was brown travel signs on the roads constantly saying the deep with directions so luckily we never got lost (impossible with the thousands of signs) The deep is an award winning attraction in the UK which is home to over 3,500 creatures. When arriving at the deep building itself, it looks a little bit like a sinking ship, the car park goes around the front of the building and annoyingly you have to pay and display.
Once arriving we wasted no time going in and buying our tickets, we paid for two adults and one child which came to £29.50. We thought this was a pretty reasonable price considering the amount of time you can actually spend being at the deep. It is open 10am-6pm and the last entry is 5pm. We arrived about dinner time so we had nothing to rush around for. If you do miss the last entry there isn't anything else to do in the same area so you have to be there on time. They currently have an offer on, when you pay for and admission fee they give you a slip to fill out all your details on, this lets you have a years pass for free, that's 365 days of visiting the deep for free!
Since there is so much to see the deep has an efficient layout so you don't miss anything on the way around. After paying in you walk forward and here you will come to some lifts, you then go up which takes you to the cafe and the entrance to the animals. From here the deep path way that you stick to spirals down several floors at a nice pace and on this pathway are all the animals and little off sections that take you to and from this pathway to ensure you don't miss anything. Eventually when you get to the bottom of the deep there is something called a bubble elevator which will take you right back up to the cafe.
The first thing we came to was walking through a room of fossils and gigantic sea creatures which used to occupy the sea, of course these weren't alive but it has lots of information and pictures and a real fossil wall of gigantic squids, sharks and even some smaller fossils in their simplistic forms. At the end we came to some jelly fish which I found fascinating, it's strange but you can spend at least half an hour just staring at these beautiful creatures and not never realise how long you've been stood staring at them. All down this area there is information on every animal shown with it's name and a little bit about them. There are also games to play in this section and quick ways for children to take in the information so it's easy for them to learn about the animals.
we then arrived at a large pool of water this had many different species of fish including small sting rays and the dory fish from finding nemo and a lot of other fish too. The tank is clear glass and a lot of people including myself sat on the floor watching the fish happily swim by as we all tried to catch the best photo's of them. There is a staff member on a speaker talking about the animals present in that room and informing people that if they would like to rinse their hands under the sinks, they would be aloud to touch a starfish. Getting excited we all decided to have a go but because of the number of children I just let me niece have a go, she described it as slimy and rough, but squidgy at the same time.
In hundreds of different sized tanks the fish come in lots of colours and from many backgrounds and corners of the oceans. The tanks didn't just contain, there was rare corals and other tanks with the most beautiful corals in which are fascinating to watch even though they don't do anything.
The big fish
Here we come to the large tank, this contains several types of large sharks including saw fish sharks(can't remember their real name) and catfish sharks along with others. This was the section that amazed me the most within the deep, just because it seemed to unreal to be this close to a real shark swimming around majestically. Large sting rays occupy this tank as well and it never occurred to me until now but they got on with each other really well. There are other larger fish in here too but because of my excited niece we never had chance to read much of the information or names of the creatures in most of the tanks.
They don't just have fish in the deep but a lot of large snails, massive slugs, scorpions, spiders and the most strangest luminous coloured frogs which stood out in their tanks, but not until you actually noticed one of them when they jumped. Unfortunately they only animals in this place we didn't get to see was the slug and the scorpion, they must of buried themselves in their mud.
Videos, games and.. a wall if ice?
All around the centre are information games and quizzes to play which are easy to read and understand for people of all ages including children along with relevant games. we didn't get to check any of these out very much because Zazzy wanted to race round looking at the animals. Something really cool though is they have two walls made out of ice, touching it and pretending to lick it is what we spent the next 10 minutes doing when in this area. Not sure how they do it, but it's awesome.
You can spend a couple of hours going around the deep as there are 3,500 animals to see but when you've finished you come to what is called the bubble lift. This was one of the most amazing things in here, going in, the front on the lift is see-through and it actually takes you up the levels but through the shark tank and stops at each section for a minute so you can see them all swimming past you.
Staff and cafe
There isn't much staff around the place that we could see, the staff were located in the section where you can touch animals but apart from that the rest of the staff were present in the cafe, shop and entrance. However they had a great answer for every question and delivered excellent customer experience. In the cafe they sell hot meals, sandwiches, pastries, cakes and sweeties along with drinks. We stopped and had some chips which were ok. Not much you can say about chips really, the prices were fair for somewhere like this, not cheap but not ridiculous either.
This is somewhere I can easily avoid but we had no choice to go in, there was the usual tat every child wants to buy along with lots of cuddly animals which was silly cos most of them was of birds, penguins and turtles which none of these are even present in the deep, zara decided she wanted to buy a mermaid teddy which cost me £9.99. i wasn't very happy but she was.
Toilets and access
There is only one set of toilets which I could find and that was at the entrance, whether there is more than one set or not I don't know. This was ok though because we only used it once and that was on the way out. This centre is wheel chair friendly with next to no steps at all meaning everyone can enjoy being here.
location and details
address:The Deep, Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP
Opening times: 10am-6pm
Summary: great day out