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Culture and leisure

Hull is an exciting and dynamic city bustling with entertainment.

With a thriving arts and culture scene, Hull is proud of its history of nurturing and inspiring big names in the areas of poetry, theatre, film and art, from world-class poet Philip Larkin and Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella to more contemporary figures such as Liam Mower, the young star of the successful West End musical Billy Elliott.

Free entry to our galleries and museums offers you the chance to explore Hull’s history and enjoy works by local artists.

More information about our museums and galleries 

Hull offers a great all round shopping experience with department stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams, shopping centres including the newly opened St Stephen's, unique smaller outlets and designer boutiques.

A walk along the waterfront will reveal a thriving café culture, while a wide range of cosmopolitan restaurants await those with a hearty appetite.

Hull has always enjoyed a vibrant nightlife offering a variety of theatres including Hull New Theatre and Hull Truck, a wide selection of pubs and clubs and even a casino.

More information about our theatres and halls can be found within culture and leisure 

Visit the VHEY website for more information about things to do in Hull (link opens in a new window)