It’s been a loooong time coming, but we’re so pleased to report that legendary Hull aquarium, The Deep, is open again. It’s one of the most popular family attractions in Yorkshire, home to over 5000 marine animals, from sharks to rays, Gentoo penguins, turtles, jellyfish and tropical fish galore. Watching the creatures swim around you as you walk along the wonderful underwater tunnel is always a highlight. There are daily dive presentations and you can see the penguins being fed, too. As well as seeing awe-inspiring creatures, it’s a brilliant place to learn about the seas and oceans in an accessible, family-friendly way. As it’s all indoors, it’s no wonder that The Deep a popular rainy day destination. If that’s not enough to persuade you to visit, it’s worth mentioning how tough the last year has been for The Deep: it costs £5,500 a day to look after the animals, with over 70 individual habitats to maintain and as much as 98% of their incoming coming from visitors. So, by enjoying a day out with your children and seeing the sealife, you’d also be supporting one of the UK’s best aquariums.
What you need to know before you visit
If you’d like to visit The Deep, you’ll need to book your tickets online in advance for a specific timeslot. For the time being, bookings can be made for a maximum of six people or two households. There’s a limit on numbers, so it pays to be organised to get the date and time you would like. The cafes are open, and you can take your own food too.