Saturday, 26 August 2017

An Afternoon at The Deep

Hull, the UK City of Culture 2017 and home to award winning aquariam The Deep. Last week we headed East for a visit to The Deep. We kept it a secret from the boys and they enjoyed guessing where we might be heading! We have been to The Deep before but it was a couple of years back now so we were well overdue another visit.

Once you are in Hull it is easy to find The Deep as it is well signposted.  We arrived at lunchtime and I had packed us a picnic which we ate on the picnic area outside overlooking the water. It is a really nice clean area to eat on a dry day and the benches even have parasols for shade.
Once we had eaten we headed in and luckily for us there was no queue. The way the building is laid out is you start at the top and work your way downwards. So you head up the stairs or lift and are greeted with gorgeous views across the Humber.

The first part of The Deep takes you through the history of the ocean, there is plenty to look at and lot  of interactive things for the children. It is pretty dark in this area and Barney wasn't too keen so we didn't linger too long which is a shame as it is there is so much to learn. Hopefully next time we will be able to explore more.

From there head to the Lagoon of Light. This is probably my favourite part of the aquarium. We arrived just as a touch pool session began which the older two enjoyed, Seb was able to touch a sea urchin and a starfish. The lagoon is full of beautiful fish and it is really child friendly. Barney was so excited by this and he just kept saying fish, fish, fish over and over.  It was lovely to see him so enthralled.

From here there is still much more to see. The penguins seem to draw everyone it with their antics. The ice wall is great fun, see how long you can keep your hand on it! See if you can spot the sharks, learn about slime, the cool seas and so much more. Enjoy the underwater tunnel as the fish swim over you.

Sadly we didn't get to see one of the two loggerhead sea turtles now residing at The Deep during our visit, maybe next time!

Top Tips for visiting The Deep

  • Remember money for parking! £2 for a 4 hour stay. 
  • When buying your ticket, make sure to get your photo taken so you can come back for 12 months without having to pay again.
  • Check out the times for the touch pool sessions, penguin feeding and so on.
  • If you have a question,  ask a member of staff, they know their stuff!
  • If you want to explore Hull a little more I recommend visiting the museum quarter

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