A collaborative project, bringing together research institutions, zoos and public aquaria to work on developing a better understanding of keeping reef building corals. 

A number of key factors in Coral cultivation and husbandry were investigated and included, but were not limited to; fragmentation, transportation, nutrition and sexual reproduction. The research aimed to optimise the sustainable aquaculture of stony corals in aquaria.

The project ran between 2005-2009 and as a result of the work undertaken the consortium produced a comprehensive manual of protocols in coral husbandry techniques and a number of scientific papers.

The Deep was a key partner in the initiative, which was funded through the European Commission. Other partners include the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Rotterdam Zoo, Burgers Zoo, Wageningen University, Costa Edutainment S.P.A., Astridplaza N.V., Red Sea Corals LTD., Israel Oceanography and Limnology Research LTD.

To learn more visit www.coralzoo.org

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Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm
  • Last admission is at 5pm, although we recommended you to arrive no later than 4pm
  • We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • 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 £12.15 £13.50
Child (aged 3 to 15) £10.35 £11.50
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £11.25 £12.50
Senior (60+) £11.25 £12.50
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £40.50 £45.00
Family of 5 (max 2 adults) £49.05 £54.50
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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Safety Update

The Deep takes the safety and security of its staff and visitors seriously and continue to work with Counter Terrorism Police Officers to review security regimes on a regular basis. Whilst the details of such plans cannot be shared we have in place measures to respond to changes in the threat levels for international terrorism. In light of recent events the security within the building and external spaces has been reviewed.

As per Government guidelines more information on how to play your part can be found on line.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film https://www.mi5.gov.uk/what-you-can-do

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