University of Hull

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Hull’s independent spirit is best represented by its oddly coloured telephone booth. This is the only place in the entire United Kingdom where the iconic red phone box would be an eyesore. Theirs are cream-coloured, and unlike the rest of the United Kingdom, their phone system is serviced locally by the same phone company when everyone else’s was overtaken by British Telecom.

Not surprisingly, Hull has produced a long list of free-thinking writers and poets, and a generation of anti-royalists before them who refused entry to King Charles I in 1642.

Depending on what time of the year you arrive, Hull can either be a picture of a seaport perpetually battered by gales, or a sunny coastal diversion for weekend warriors from west Yorkshire who swarm the hotels in Hull, England and share towel space with the locals. This tale of two seasons was well-documented in Philip Larkin’s poems which are a “piquant mixture of lyricism and discontent,” a phrase as applicable to the poet and his work, as it is to the general atmosphere of “king’s town upon Hull.”

The Larkin Trail in Hull

You would comfortably cover Hull’s main tourist draws by following the Larkin Trail in honour of “Britain’s greatest post-war writer,” an accolade bestowed upon him by Time Magazine in 2008. The trail is marked by 25 wall plaques, and it will bring you, among others, to several cemeteries where in one of them the poet was buried, the Old Town, the Holy Trinity Church which looms over a piazza, and if you fancy a strong drink, a street creatively named ‘Land of Green Ginger.’ You can also make your way to the marina via A63, and on to The Deep considered by its creators as one of the most spectacular sub-mariums in the world. If the 6,500 fish and insect species are any indication, then it would be worth bringing the kids and spending the night at a family-friendly accommodation in Hull, England by the confluence of two rivers that mark the entry into Hull.

The Deep, with its glass and aluminium facade, is shaped in the form of a ship’s prow, and figuratively represents the changing fortunes of the place and its people as determined by the sea and the industries that heavily depend on it, like trawling, whaling, shipping wool out and bringing wine in.

Early in the 16th century, Hull had seen prosperity from these commercial pursuits, and that translated to a frenzied construction of houses that remain well-maintained to this day. As postcards and travel glossies show, Hull’s skyline is punctuated here and there with Victorian and Edwardian buildings that are as charming up close as they are from afar.

When the weather thwarts outdoor plans and staying indoors in a warm bed and breakfast in Hull, England is not an option, there are always a handful of museums and lively pubs where Larkin and a host of other writers a generation before him pondered whether Hull is indeed ‘the most poetic city in England,’ or just another dot on the English east coast with an unfair share of wordsmiths.