CATCHING AN OVERNIGHT ferry from Hull? Then why not get to Hull a little early and spend some time at one of the city’s top attractions, The Deep.


Caravanners taking their tourers to the Continent via Hull for a low-season break can stop off at the world’s only submarium before boarding the ferry.


“The Deep’s car park is ‘free form’ gravel and has plenty of space for touring caravans during term time, en route for the ferries,” said communications director Linda Martin during a visit by Practical Caravan in early November. Linda suggested that the best time to visit would be between 3.30pm and 6pm, after school groups have left. She couldn’t guarantee there would be appropriate space for tourers during the school holidays but suggested there may be availability later in the day.


Good stopover

The Deep is open between 10am and 6pm, with last entry to the aquarium at 5pm. “Our café serves hot and cold snacks and meals until 3:30pm, then cold snacks and drinks till 5:30pm,” said Linda. So it would make a good stopover if you want refreshment en route to the port.


The dramatic building, which overlooks the Humber, is home to 3500 fish species, including sharks and swordfish. Visitors can get up close and see the fish from some unusual angles via a glass tunnel and lift that pass through the huge glass tanks. The Deep is also a learning centre and houses species from the great rivers of the world, showing their diverse habitats. You can also go birdwatching in Brazil via a live webcam link to the rainforest.


Charges are: adult £9.95, child (3-15 years of age) £7.95, under-3s free, concession £8.75, family of four £32, family of five £39. Book online and you get a 10% discount. The car park is £3.


It is a fascinating place to visit and will make a relaxing start to a holiday.