5 free things to do in... Hull and east Yorkshire

Date Posted: 30/05/2013

Yorkshire Wolds - Group Travel Ideas

Pictured: Explore the Yorkshire Wolds on foot with a variety of walking routes to suit all abilities.

Hull and east Yorkshire have a number of great free attractions and to enjoy on a group trip. It’s also a destination where you can combine city, countryside and coastline, all in one day.

1. Hull’s Streetlife

Step back in time at the Streetlife Museum of Transport in Hull. An attraction where it’s possible to enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of the past, it offers visiting groups the chance to experience 200 years of transport history as you walk down a 1940s high street, board a tram or enjoy the pleasures of a carriage ride.

The purpose-built museum where the collection is housed was opened in 1989 by the then Hull East MP, John Prescott. Highlights of the collection include veteran cars, horse-drawn carriages, and objects relating to local public transport.

The museum forms part of the Museums Quarter in Hull, based around the historic High Street in the Old Town of the city.

2. Gothic sites in Beverley

A trip to Beverley is worth including in any group travel itinerary - don’t miss out on the gothic architecture of Beverley Minster church.

With an impressive interior and exterior, the church offers a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts.

Beverly also offers history, heritage, and a host of interesting buildings including housing, pubs, shops and restaurants.

3. Walk the Wolds

Walking in the Yorkshire Wolds can be as easy or as demanding as you like. With short circular walks to more challenging rambles, there are walks to suit groups of all abilities.

The Yorkshire Wolds is a crescent of rolling chalk hills extending from the Humber estuary at Hessle to the cliffs of Flamborough Head and Bempton, and offers a scenic backdrop when exploring the countryside on foot.

Bridlington Coastal Town - Group Travel Ideas

Pictured: The award-winning promenade at Bridlington coastal town.

Enjoy exploring this hidden corner of England at your own pace, and pass through small market towns and scattered villages, and then back out into the countryside with only skylarks and a hare or two for added company.

Group travel organisers can now opt for one of the newest free trails in the Yorkshire Wolds, which offers the chance to follow in the footsteps of artist David Hockney.

4. Enjoy the sea air in Bridlington

Bridlington is a town on the east Yorkshire coast which boasts sandy beaches, award-winning promenades and a historic harbour.

Whether it’s a day at the beach searching for sea life or a walk along the promenade with fish and chips, this is a popular attraction for groups of visitors.

Bridlington is steeped in history with a heritage coastline and a high street in the old town that is teeming with ancient buildings.

5. Museums galore in Hull

There are seven more free museums to learn from and enjoy in the city of Hull. Take your pick from the Hull & East Yorkshire Museum, The Guildhall, Spurn Lightship, Hands on History Museum, the Maritime Museum and Ferens Art Gallery.

Make time to visit the Arctic Corsair, berthed on the river Hull between Drypool Bridge and Myton Bridge, at the rear of the Streetlife Museum.

The Arctic Corsair was built in 1960 at Beverley Shipyard for the Boyd Line, and was the last of the Hull side fishing vessels or 'side winders'.  A veteran of the Cod Wars, the Arctic Corsair was rammed by an Icelandic gun boat in the 1970s, and after a lay-up of seven years she achieved a record-breaking return to fishing in 1986 before being finally laid up in the winter of 1987.

The vessel opened to the public in 1999, and group travel organisers can pre-book tours which begin with a ten-minute action film of Life at Sea.

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