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Hull’s maritime guided tours underway for 2024

Hull’s maritime guided tours will restart during the half-term school holiday from Saturday 10 February.

The group of 17 volunteers, who are White Badge accredited tour guides, will lead the free guided tours exploring our maritime city.

The tours will take place every Thursday and Saturday, at 10.30am along with a Sunday morning walk at 11.30am and Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm.

Starting at the Museum Quarter gardens, outside the old Arctic Corsair unit and the Hull and East Riding Museum, the full route begins at 10.30am and 11.30am, lasting approximately 2.5 hours.

The tour stops at the future home of the Arctic Corsair at North End Shipyard, Queens Gardens, the exterior of the Maritime Museum and the new home for the Spurn Lightship in Hull Marina. Other key landmarks include Blaydes House, Trinity House and Hull Marina.

The shorter route takes place on Sunday afternoons at 1.30pm, lasting around 1.5 hours and covers half of the full route.

In 2023, the maritime guided tours saw a 50 per cent increase in visitors with more than 660 people taking part.

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “I would thoroughly recommend anyone who wants to learn more about Hull’s maritime past to go on one of the tours. As part of the guided tours, you will discover some fascinating nuggets of information and facts about Hull’s maritime heritage.

“If you have lived in Hull for years or are new to Hull, you will learn something new about our wonderful city. The walks will also provide you with all the latest updates from the maritime project, creating a brand-new maritime experience for Hull, our residents, and visitors.”

Accredited White Badge Tour Guide Sam Wright delivers guided walks and shares his wealth of knowledge.

Sam Wright, Tour Guide, said: “I absolutely love helping people explore the rich maritime history of this wonderful city. Being an access point for people to be able to engage with stories from Hull’s past is a real privilege, and one of the main reasons I love tour guiding so much.

“There’s no better feeling than helping someone make those historic connections to the modern city, regardless of whether they have lived in Hull all their lives, or if they are visiting for the first time. There’s something for everyone in Hull! I can’t wait to get started again in February of what will be a really exciting year for the project, especially with the re-opening of the Spurn Lightship. There really is no better time to come along and explore Hull’s maritime history, and I can’t wait to meet you there!”

Although booking your free place is recommended, there will be a small number of places available on the day.

For more information and to book your place, visit maritimehull.co.uk/getinvolved/guided-tours

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