Kingston upon Hull, referred to as Hull, is just 25 miles from the North Sea on the River Hull joining the River Humber. The Humber Bridge is one of the world’s largest single span suspension bridges which joins East Yorkshire with North Lincolnshire and together with the M62 are the main routes in and out of the city. The M62 joins the M18 and then the M1 linking Hull to the main road networks.
Hull is a university city with an ancient and flourishing port which over the years has witnessed a decline of the whaling industry and also deep sea
fishing, mainly due to the Anglo-Icelandic Cod War in the 1970’s. Nowadays, however, with the investment in the rail network the port handles millions of tonnes of cargo a year. The city is home to Wilberforce House a museum to commemorate the MP for Yorkshire William Wilberforce’s campaign to abolish the slave trade in Britain. ‘The Deep’, a spectacular aquarium, draws
thousands of visitors to Hull each year and there are also maritime and transport museums. Although Hull suffered almost total destruction during World War II it was rebuilt during the post war years and continues today with the Humber Quays redevelopment of the waterfront into offices, apartments, hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Although the city centre has a variety of residential apartments such as Queens Court, Kingston Court and the popular Victoria Dock and the University is situated just off the A1079 the areas of Cottingham, Hessle, Kingswood, Bilton are also popular areas on the outskirts of the city with the town of Beverley to the north.