We visited The Deep for the first time and it was brilliant! It is said to be one of the most spectacular aquariums and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep. The interactive nature of the exhibition was perfect for both kids (Eliza nearly 4 years and Henry 6 years) and they were highly engaged for the entire visit.
There is so much information to get across but the kids don’t really realise that they are learning. There are touch screens at nearly all the exhibits which they loved. Both kids were captivated by the aquariums, the main tank can only be described as enormous. All the fish looked amazing and it was a pleasure to see them. My favourite was the stingray swimming over the tunnel with the rare pair of green sawfish a close second. It was amazing to be able to get so close to such lovely fish, including a beautiful pair of Loggerhead Turtles. We also loved the Garden Eels, they were really cute! The jelly fish were also amazing and Eliza thought they were great!
Henry has always loved Sir David Attenborough from an early age so he was in his element. He read every poster and screen, just mesmerised. When I told him this morning, we were going to The Deep, he was so excited and he certainly was not disappointed. He was asking loads of questions and massively engaged throughout.
One of The Deep’s star attractions is their Gentoo penguins. You can view them from two different levels which are above or below. They have a tank where you can watch the penguins jumping in or out of the water and swimming around. One thing that really struck us was how well they looked. They look great characters and are fab to watch.
There is a great interactive area where the kids could brush away sand to find fossils etc as well as “touch and feel” holes. There is also a great projection onto the floor which makes them feel like they are walking and jumping on water. Plus, at selected times throughout the day, you are given the opportunity to touch and feel starfish and sea urchins.
We both particularly liked the way the World’s plastic problem was being dealt with and clearly highlighted to all visitors, every bit of awareness can only help.
The underwater tunnel was amazing – to have those fantastic fish swimming over you was just incredible. We chose not to do the underwater lift as there was a slight queue and Mr Mumbler prefers the stairs!
There is small soft play for children under 1 metre. It is surrounded by some fantastic exhibits about bugs and a couple of snakes! The ants here, are not to be missed!
We bought both kids an activity book for £3 each and it was so informative with loads of puzzles etc. They really enjoyed it during the visit but also after so we could talk further about the visit. Not only that, there are loads of facts in the books which are great for Mum and Dad too!
The Deep has many themed activities during the school holidays, throughout the year. We did the Festive Fishmas, which certainly kept Eliza busy and looking for the signs.
It is a great way to spend a day – perfect for a rainy day and we followed it with a meal in Hull’s Fruit Market (which was lovely). There is a cafe in The Deep (choice of hot and cold food with great views of the Humber) and there are plenty of places for you to stop and have a picnic if you prefer. There are also loads of toilets, on all floors, which is fabulous for a family attraction.
The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website. The Deep has a large pay and display car park which costs £3 to park there for 6 hours (£1 in the evening).
Pre-book online for a 10% discount here
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm). Only closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.