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Our Italian Day Out in Hull

I’ll always have a soft spot for Hull, my university city, the place I spent three years of my life, studying, having fun, growing up.  I’d been promising the boys for ages that I would take them to see “Daddy Shark” i.e. a shark at an aquarium and as Matteo’s parents were over to visit I suggested we go to The Deep.

Our Italian day out in Hull blog

We arrived and parked up at the park and ride and headed into town on the bus.  We asked the bus driver to let us off the bus at the nearest stop to the restaurant I had found online.  It was slightly too early to eat so we went for a quick walk. It’s always windy in Hull but we were prepared with plenty of layers, hats, scarves and gloves!

Italian day out in Hull

Italian Day Out in Hull

We made our way to Operetta. I’d just googled Italian restaurants in Hull and found it. I’m always keen to try new places and to stay away from the chains.  The boys enjoyed looking around the restaurant.  Matteo’s Mum and Dad chatted to the owner. We ordered pizza and it was lovely.  Oliver definitely enjoyed it and his chocolate ice cream too!

Italian day out in Hull

Italian Day out in Hull

After lunch we walked through town to The Deep.  Ethan & Oliver looked like two munchkins with their lollypops from the restaurant!

Italian Day Out in Hull

Italian Day out in Hull

I’d pre-booked The Deep tickets online (as there is a 10% discount) so we just had to wait in a short queue to pick them up and then we went into the aquarium.  We bought the Day Plus Pass which means that your tickets are valid for a whole year (apart from certain bank holidays).

Italian Day Out in Hull
The Deep

The main highlights of the Aquarium for us were 1) The Lagoon of Light:

Italian Day Out in Hull

Italian Day Out in Hull
Blue Spotted Ribbontail Ray

Italian Day Out in Hull

2) The Endless Ocean:

Italian Day Out in Hull
White Tip Reef Shark AKA Daddy Shark
Italian Day Out in Hull
Green Sawfish
Italian Day Out in Hull
Loggerhead Sea Turtle

3) The new Penguin enclosure – The Kingdon of Ice. We loved watching them swim up and down and being fed:

Italian Day Out in Hull

We had a really good day, although it was quite long with all travelling and walking. Ethan was so tired from all the walking and fresh air that he didn’t even wait until we got to the car to fall asleep, he fell asleep on the bus back to the car park!  We were all ready for bed when we got home.

Italian Day Out in Hull

We’ll definitely be back soon to use our tickets again.  We hope you enjoyed reading about our trip and seeing our photos.

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26 Comments

  1. My two love visiting aquariums, but the one near us is a bit small to go often. It looks like you all had a lovely day out, the photo of the children in front of the flower bed is so adorable!

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      Thank you, I love that photo too!

  2. The Italian meal looks delicious and The Deep would be my daughters heaven! She loves watching the fish 🙂

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      The fish are definitely mesmerising, my favourite was the turtle x

  3. We visitsd The Deep when we were up visiting family in Grimsby – it’s fab! Going to make a note of the Italian for next time we are there.

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      Glad you enjoyed it too x

  4. I have never been to Hull it is on my list of places to go! We went to our local Sea Life Centre last weekend and had a lovely time – the sharks are always amazing x

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      The sharks were definitely the main attraction for my boys x

  5. My girls just adore aquariums. This looks like a lovely day.

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      Thank you, definitely worth a visit x

  6. The Baby Shark song is so hip today, I am sure they were excited knowing about meeting Daddy shark. Haha. I love the pictures too, they seemed to be enjoying a lot!

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      Thank you, we had a really good day out x

  7. Scandi Mummy says:

    This looks like a brilliant day out! I love Italian food and this looks tasty, especially the ice cream 😉

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      Ice cream is most definitely the best dessert when you’re five!

  8. Jono says:

    Never been to Hull. Always fancied going to the deep. Looks fab.

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      Thank you, yes definitely worth a visit 🙂

  9. What a great day out. My littles love a wee aquarium visit. Cx

    1. Mummy Lauretta says:

      It was a really lovely day x

  10. Looks fabulous. A friend of mine tells me often that Hull is improving all the time in terms of wheelchair accessibility. So it is on my list of places to visit. Your little ones have gorgeous smiles – melted my heart! #KCACOLS

  11. Looks like such a fun day out! We love going to aquariums #kcacols

  12. We love The Deep! And the lighting in the aquarium always creates such nice photos of the kids looking at the fish! Looks like you had a lovely day x

  13. Mainy - myrealfairy says:

    The sharks and the penguins went down brilliantly with my boys when I took them to the sea life centre when we were on holiday. We loved it and the boys learnt so much.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you back next time.
    Mainy

  14. queerlittlefamily says:

    I love aquariums especially if they have penguins. We recently went to the seaside centre in Brum. #kcacols

  15. I love this whole themed day. The Deep looks fab too! I’ve heard great things about it from others.

    Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS

  16. My kids love visiting Aquariums. This looks like such a wonderful day out. #KCACOLS

  17. Looks like a fabulous day!

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