Kingston upon Hull, commonly referred to as Hull, is a city located in Yorkshire, England. In case it wasn’t obvious, the city lies on the River Hull, and is 80km east of Leeds and 3 hours away from London by train. The city is home to over 260,000 residents who live and work in Hull, with 16,000 students enrolled at the local University of Hull.
Hull has always been a busy port town, with over 13 million tons of cargo per year, and a long history in trading and seafaring. Kingston upon Hull is also the 2017 UK City of Culture, with a strong theatrical, poetic and musical tradition. Another unique Hull feature are its cream-coloured telephone boxes, courtesy of its independent telephone network company, KCOM. The Hull New Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre have been the home of stage and TV actors and playwrights such as Alan Plater, Sir Tom Courtenay, Ian Carmichael, Maureen Lipman, and Liam Garrigan, to name a few. The poet Philip Larkin lived and set many of his poems in Hull, and was the University of Hull’s head librarian for many years. The city also hosts many festivals, including the Humber Mouth literature festival, the annual Freedom Festival, the Hull Global Food Festival, and more. These are held in parks such as East Park, Pearson Park, Peter Pan Park, and West Park. There are a number of bars and clubs located in Kingston upon Hull, especially around the University of Hull’s campus, including the popular The New Adelphi.
The University of Hull’s main campus is at North Hull, on Cottingham Road, about 5km north of city centre. Areas around Newland Avenue, Prince’s avenue, and Beverley Road are popular student accommodation locations, as they are near to both campus and the nightlife spots.
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