In October 2019, we visited The Deep in Hull with Keith’s family to celebrate his mother’s birthday. The Deep is a huge aquarium that has over 3000 creatures and apparently the only place you can see sawfish in the UK.
We purchased tickets online before the day as it works out a little cheaper than at the door. All tickets include return visits for 12 months if you wanted to return. Prices are as follows (online price/on the door price):
Adult : £13.50 / £15.00
Child (3-15yo) : £10.57 / £11.75
Child (under 3): Free (must be accompanied by at least 1 paying adult)
Student : £12.60 / £14.00
Senior (60+) : £12.60 / £14.00
Although the car park is fairly large it was really busy when we went on a Saturday morning. We were able to find parking in a small overflow car park. Car parking costs £3 for 6 hours which was great as it allowed us to finish walking with the Deep as well as have a late lunch after at a nearby pub.
Upon entry, despite having purchased tickets in advance, you are still required to queue as they need to take your details for the 12 months for return visits. They take your photo and next time you come back they’ll be able to pull you up on the system.
There were bathrooms and baby change almost as soon as you entered past the ticket desks which was quite handy after having driven more than 2 hours. There are also several baby change facilities dotted about the place which is quite helpful.
Its all accessible so we were able to take the buggies every where. The entire facility is full of interesting exhibits and information which is quite educational. They have a glass tunnel as well as an elevator that basically takes you through the same aquarium on the way out.
All in all, its still an aquarium and with 2 young babies (Baby H at 13 months, her cousin at 5 months), I think the adults probably enjoyed it a bit more. Baby H just wanted to lick the glass and toddle about.
It will probably be somewhere I’d bring her back when she’s a little older and can appreciate it a bit more.
1. Changing – as previously mentioned, there are facilities dotted about everywhere which is great
2. Accessibility – there are elevators to each floor so we were able to take the pushchair everywhere
The Deep – www.thedeep.co.uk