This week has seen a true battle between two prominent Yorkshire cities as the people of Hull have announced that the up-and-coming City of Culture will soon beat the likes of York, Leeds and Sheffield in tourist numbers. With that in mind, Team SuperBreak have decided to pit the two cities against each other in the areas that matter the most: Attractions, Culture, Food, Drink and Transport. Let the battle commence!
From the Minster to melt in the mouth chocolate, there’s plenty to discover in the historic city of York. Key attractions include the impressive National Railway Museum, the diverse York Castle Museum, the spooky York Dungeons and the delicious York’s Chocolate Story. For shopaholics, there’s a great mix of high-street favourites, designer haunts and independent hotspots to explore.
The Deep is arguably the most popular attraction in Hull, and it’s easy to see why. With its dramatic displays of aquatic life plus its firm focus on ecology, The Deep is firmly rooted in Hull’s tourist success story. Other attractions to check out include the Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull Maritime Museum and Ferens Art Gallery. Princes Quay is the place to be for a spot of retail therapy.
Often seen as a hub for the historical in the UK, York enjoys a varied cultural scene. York Art Gallery has recently seen redevelopment, and brings a new range of exhibitions with it. York also has at least one festival for every month of the year, meaning there’s bound to be something of interest over the course of the cultural calendar.
The city is currently in preparation for carrying the title of ‘City of Culture 2017’, and there’s a lot going on! Exhibitions, events and instalments all play a pivotal role in the transformation, which are sure to bring in the visitors in their droves. The city also has a thriving arts scene, which is set to be a focus over the coming years.
Two words: Yorkshire Puddings. These battered bad boys are the pinnacle of Yorkshire cuisine and taste delicious with pretty much anything you throw on them (especially thick, meaty gravy). Other culinary delights in the area include a traditional Bettys Afternoon Tea, tempting creamy fudge from the many local sweet shops and fresh deli sandwiches and cakes at either of the Perky Peacock cafes in the city centre.
Imagine fresh, flaky fish encased in a crisp, bubbling batter. Add some seasoned chips (with chip spice – it will blow your mind) and a side of mushy peas/gravy/curry sauce and you’ve got yourself a slap-up meal. Hull is also renowned for its savoury pies and inventive curries, which can be tried at a multitude of eateries in the area. If you’re in the mood for a meal with a view, the Two Rivers Restaurant at The Deep is sure to impress.
With over 365 pubs and bars to its name, York is a hub of drinking activity. With a nod towards real ale establishments (Duke of York, Pivni and The Hop to name but a few) as well as trendy cocktail bars (Lucia’s, Bora Bora, Evil Eye), the city is well worth a visit for a tipple or two.
From cosy pubs to stylish bars, there’s a veritable explosion of watering holes within Hull! Olde-worlde ale houses seem to work best in the area, such as Ye Olde White Harte, Hop & Vine, Polar Bear and The Whalebone. Other honourable mentions include Pave and Larkins Bar.
The multitude of train connections in York is difficult to beat! With other key cities being a stone’s throw away via rail, tourists can flock to York with ease. The city is also motorway-friendly for those travelling by car.
We had to mention the towering Humber Bridge! This feat of modern architecture is not only aesthetically pleasing, but practical for visiting the area, too. Due to its central location, Hull is pretty easy to visit for a short break.
Hmm… Seems to me like they’re both winning tourist hotspots! It’s a draw!
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