A couple of weeks ago we visited The Deep Hull with some friends. Since taking Leo to Sea Life in Scarborough we’ve been keen to take him to more places like aquariums or wildlife parks to let him explore!
About The Deep
The Deep is one of the UK’s biggest aquariums. The Deep opened in 2002 and is an education and conservation charity. It’s an international player in marine conservation and works hard at the preservation and protection of our oceans.
The Deep allows you to explore the oceans history, how it is currently and the future of our ocean. There are a lot of interactive displays to help educate you and your children.
Animals At The Deep Hull
Here are some of the animals you can see at The Deep Hull:
- Blue spotted ribbontail ray
- Atlantic mudskipper
- Blue spotted ribbontail ray
- Black pacu
- Blue poison arrow frog
- Brittle starfish
- Common clownfish
- Garden eel
- Garter snake
- Gentoo penguin
- Green sawfish
- Grey reef shark
- Honeycomb whiptail ray
- Kuda seahorse
- Laced moray
- Lipstick tang
- Loggerhead sea turtle
- Milk frog
- Moon jellyfish
- Moorish idol
- Nurse shark
- Red devil crab
- Red-bellied piranha
- Redtailed catfish
- Regal tang
- Scribbled pipefish
- Sunburst diving beetle
- Whitetip reef shark
- Wolf eel
- Yellow dogface pufferfish
- Zebra shark
Ticket Prices at The Deep
Tickets are £16.50 for Adults, £13 for children aged 3-15. Students and seniors (60+) are £15.50. Children under 3 go free.
Tickets are valid for a year, which means you can visit as many times as you like.
Tickets must be pre-booked in advance.
Special offers and discounts on tickets
If you have a Tesco Clubcard and collect points, you can get triple the value of your Clubcard vouchers and use them at The Deep.
So we should have paid £33 for two adults. I used the Tesco Clubcard App to convert £11 of tickets into £33 of vouchers for The Deep. This then gives you a QR code that is scanned when you arrive at The Deep.
Parking costs £3 for the day, which is great. But the only downfall is that you have to pay in coins. Theres no way to pay via card or on a parking app like Ringo.
Accessibility at The Deep
The Deep is committed to offering a great experience for all visitors.
The centre is spacious and it’s easy for those with wheelchairs and pushchairs to move around. There are a few locations with stairs, lifts are available in these locations. There are various mobility aids available to book.
If you need a quiet spay to pray, breastfeed or any other reason, a member of staff can help you.
The Deep Hull supports a number of schemes, including The Sunflower Scheme, Not Every Disability is Visible and Safe Place Scheme
You can find out more about access at The Deep here.
The Deep is involved in a number of conversation projects around the world such as beach cleanings, reducing plastic, turtle rehabilitation and my personal favourite – project Galapagos.
If you want to get your kids learning about the oceans, you can visit The Deep’s Free Resources page ot download loads of activities and quizzes.
Our Visit To The Deep
We went to the Deep on a Sunday. We got there 15 minutes before our ticket time which was 11am. It was easy for us to get a space, but our friends arrived about 10 minutes later and they struggled!
The was a bit of a queue to get in, but not much. We showed our tickets and scanned our QR code and headed to the toilet before meeting some friends in the cafe.
The aquarium is very spacious and it’s easy to stay distanced from others (for both COVID purposes and just general avoiding other humans).
The first part of the aquirum is more interactive activities, it took a while to get to the actual animals. I wouldn’t normally be bothered by this as I do like reading about things and learning. But we had our 10 month old baby with us and this first area wasn’t something he could get involved in. We would have liked to explore it all but he would have got bored, but hopefully we will spend more time in this area when he is older.
Not to worry though, we quickly got to the fish area! There were many tanks, big tanks, small tanks and you could see lots of different animals.
We went through looking at them all and Leo loved it! There’s some penguins too, one is even called Leo!
There’s a few really big tanks that have sharks and rays in. You can see the the big tank from many different angles.
At the end, there’s the option to use a glass lift which allows you to see the big tank or the scenic stairs. I really advise taking the stays! There were long queues at the lift and our friends used it as they had a push chair. The stairs were 3 or 4 stories and at the top of each flight of stairs, there was a viewing panel so you could see into the tank. As most people were using the lift, it was pretty quiet. We spent a bit of time looking at each viewing area and got to the top quicker than our friends in the lift due to the queue.
So, that was our visit to The Deep in Hull. I’m sure we will be back again as we have a year to use our tickets!