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The Deep

Things to do in Hull

The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, is located in Hull, East Yorkshire. This award-winning attraction is home to 3,500 fish including magnificent sharks and rays. The dramatic building, which overlooks the Humber estuary, was designed by world class architects, Sir Terry Farrell and Partners. It is just a short walk from The Deep into Hull Marina and the Museums Quarter. As part of the regeneration of Hull The Deep has become an internationally recognised landmark and has even featured on a Royal Mail stamp!

The building exploits the landscape on which it is built and was inspired by natural geological land formations. Gleaming glass and aluminium thrust into the dramatic landscape on the confluence of the two rivers marking the historic entry to Kingston upon Hull with a brand new future.

The Deep is operated as a charity dedicated to increasing the enjoyment of the world's oceans. It has won many accolades including:

  • Gold award for Green Tourism Business Scheme
  • Gold award in Sustainable Tourism (National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence)
  • Silver award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009 (Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards)
  • Mumsnet voted us number one UK aquarium in their Best Awards

Funders and Sponsors

The Deep receives no on-going revenue funding and is therefore totally dependent upon ticket sales and income from the on-site shop and café to cover the costs of running the project and carrying out its education, conservation and research work.

Hull’s £52.285 million Millennium project is funded by the following:

Phase 1
The Millennium Commission £21.480m
European Regional Development Fund £7.740m
Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) £3.800m
Yorkshire Forward £3.370m
Hull City Council* £5.400m
University of Hull* £0.800m
Garfield Weston Foundation £0.250m
Private finance/other miscellaneous sources £2.660m
The Deep’s own resources £2.100m
Phase 2
The Millennium Commission £2.485m
European Regional Development Fund £1.700m
Citybuild £0.500m

Total £52.285m
*includes donations of good and services


The Millennium Commission - http://www.millennium.gov.uk
Yorkshire Forward - http://www.yorkshire-forward.com
European Regional Development Fund - http://www.erdf.odpm.gov.uk
Hull City Council* - http://www.hullcc.gov.uk
University of Hull* - http://www.hull.ac.uk
Single Regeneration Budget (SRB)
Garfield Weston Foundation
Private finance/other miscellaneous sources
The Deep’s own resources - http://www.thedeep.co.uk


KC - http://www.k-c.co.uk
Natwest - http://www.natwest.com

Find out more about the History of The Deep and our Environmental Policy here.

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