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 and opened in 2002 in, what was then, one of the most deprived and unfashionable cities in England.

In its first year The Deep welcomed over 850,000 visitors, making Hull’s new aquarium busier than London Zoo. This early success financed a £5 million extension in 2005, which included additional exhibition space, retail, catering and education areas.

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 operates as an education/conservation charity and in recent years has become an international player in marine conservation. It is also the most commercially successful Millennium Project.

It has won many accolades including:

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 was funded by the following:

Phase 1 - 2002

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

Phase 2 - 2005

The Millennium Commission £2.485m
European Regional Development Fund £1.700m
The Deep's own resources £2.100m


*includes donations of good and services


You can find out more about The Deep's Environmental Policy here. 


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