From Civil Wars to World Wars, Kingston Upon Hull has had its fair share of tough times. It even received the dubious honour of being named the worst place to live in the UK in the first ever ‘Crap Towns’ in 2003, as voted for by readers of The Idler website.
Yet today Hull has been undergoing something of a mini-renaissance. It has been named the UK City of Culture 2017 (beating Leicester, Swansea Bay, and Dundee to the accolade), while also popping up at number 8 on the top 10 places to visit in the world, according to Rough Guides.
Hull is confidently brimming with shiny new restaurants, old-fashioned pubs, eight fantastic museums, a large number of green spaces, and a wonderful Old Town complete with cobbled streets.
No longer the butt of the joke when it comes to UK towns and cities, Hull is certainly finding its feet as a modern home of British culture.
Location, Location, Location
Renting in Hull means renting in East Yorkshire’s up-and-coming city. With so much recognition being given to the city from home and afar, it’ll only be a matter of time before the property prices start to reflect the positivity. For the time being however, it’s still a relatively affordable place to live, with a great selection of bars and restaurants, plenty of parks, and handy transport links, connecting residents with surrounding areas such as Leeds and York.
Calm and Connected
If you’re looking to live outside the city, but still within easy commuting distance, then look no further than the elegant market town of Beverley. Named in the top 50 best towns and suburbs to live in the UK, it is an utterly charming part of Yorkshire, and a mere 20 minutes away from Hull via train.
The historical buildings and cobbled streets of Beverley are complemented by top notch shopping and stunning courtyards, not to mention a popular Saturday marketplace. There are also plenty of cafes, coffee shops, and fine dining restaurants to keep even the fussiest foodies happy.
Living in the city centre of Hull offers the ideal mix of historic apartment buildings and brand spanking new builds along Victoria Dock and the Marina.
The Marina in particular is a lovely part of the city, with the Old Town on its doorstep and some absolutely stunning views over the Humber. Plus it’s only a 20 minute walk to the city centre.
For young professionals, they’ll enjoy being so close to a number of terrific bars and restaurants, while those with young families will be pleased to know that they have a number of primary and secondary schools to choose from.
And it might just be the perfect time to move to the city centre, thanks to the ongoing and exciting regeneration plans.
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