Open since 2002, The Deep is an education and conservation charity, which in recent years, has become an international player in marine conservation. Forging partnerships with key governing bodies, conservation organisations and other reputable zoos and aquariums we are working to make an impact in the protection of our oceans. Having forged a ground-breaking partnership with the IUCN, The Deep now sits in the forefront for conservation, becoming actively involved in species assessments across the globe, informing critical conservation actions for the protection of our worlds most threatened species.

Located in Hull, East Yorkshire, it is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and plays home to over 5,000 animals, including magnificent sharks and rays. Amongst many other threatened species, it is the only aquarium in the UK where you can view the iconic and critically endangered Green sawfish.

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. 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 into a brand new future. Since it's inception, Hull has seen huge invesment ensuring it is once again a thriving city. 

Each year the aquarium grows in both popularity and reputation; as a visitor attraction and centre for environmental excellence.


Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at The Deep. It is because of our loyal visitors and supporters that we are able to carry out vital research and conservation work, both in-house, around the UK and right across the world.

The Deep has produced a video to solidify its mission and purpose for being, what we are truly about. We are more than just a tourist attraction. Put simply, we are "for the oceans, for their future".


Our achievements

You can see a full review of The Deep's acheivements in these documents: 




Our Partners

The Deep is proud to be partnered and working with the following organisations:

Plan your visit

Opening Times

The Deep is open daily from 10am – 6pm Monday - Friday and 9am - 6pm weekends & school holidays (last entry 5pm)

Car parking is available at a cost of £3 for six hours. It can become full during school holidays – alternative car parks can be found here.

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Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online
Adult £16.50
Child (3 - 15) £13.00
Under 3s/Essential carers FREE
Student*/Senior £15.50

* Students must provide a valid NUS card or proof of age is required for school/sixth form students

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