The Deep employs a team of committed Aquarists to care for the 5,000 plus animals housed within the aquarium. From sharks and stingrays, penguins and turtles to jellyfish and bugs they have their work cut out for them, providing the crucial care they need to thrive.

A skilled and varied role, the life of an Aquarist encompasses many skills. On top of keeping all the exhibits clean, they commit their days to water analysis, food culturing and preparation, pump and filtration maintenance, record keeping and not to forget diving – which many describe, unsurprisingly, as the best part of the job! Any additional time is dedicated to designing and building new exhibits, research, breeding and conservation work.

A typical day for an aquarist requires them to be a biologist, chemist, diver, cleaner, dietician and an animal behaviourist whist being able to apply a variety of skills in plumbing and carpentry – with a dash of creative flare!

To ensure that the wellbeing of our animals is also maintained at its highest level, our Aquarist devise methods of enrichment to ensure that they are able to display a full range of natural behaviours for feeding, breeding and as in the case of our penguins, moulting.

The Deep also employs a specialist vet to oversee the care of our animals. On call 24 hours per day, and with the support of a local veterinary practise, he is on hand to undertake regular health checks and assessments as required.

Our vet has specialist knowledge and experience of providing care for a wide range of creatures, from sharks and stingrays, from fish to frogs and even our creepy crawlies.

Plan your visit

Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm
  • Last admission is at 5pm, although we recommended you to arrive no later than 4pm
  • The Deep’s peak times are between 11am – 2pm, should you prefer a quieter environment please visit outside these times.
  • Car parking is available costing £3 for six hours. It can become full during school holidays. Alternative car parks can be found here

The Deep Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

01482 381000 Any questions?

SAT NAV (HU9 1TU) this will take you to Tower Street, Hull, the nearest main road to The Deep.

Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult £12.60 £14.00
Child (aged 3 to 15) £9.90 £11.00
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £11.70 £13.00
Senior (60+) £11.70 £13.00
Essential carer FREE FREE

* in full time education, valid NUS, University card or proof of age is required for school and Sixth form students.

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Customer Safety

The Deep takes the safety and security of its staff and visitors seriously and continues to work with Counter Terrorism Police Officers to review security regimes on a regular basis.

The Deep reserves the right to carry out random bag searches at reception. To minimise delays, please avoid bringing large bags and rucksacks into the attraction.

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