The Deep is involved in a number of European Aquarium and Zoo Association (EAZA) Breeding Programmes to help conserve threatened and endangered species.

Each programme consists of a co-ordinator who manages a particular species. This co-ordinator maintains records of individual animals, their location and their history. From this information, if needed, they can make recommendations for ideal breeding pairs that will ensure a healthy gene pool for future generations.

The Deep manages the studbook for the highly endangered Green sawfish and the Monitoring Programmes for Honeycomb Whiptail ray and the Epaulette shark. We also contribute to the Monitoring Programmes for the Zebra shark, Blue-Spot ray, Blue Spotted Ribbontail ray and not to forget, our Gentoo penguins.

All animals born here under these guidelines are moved (under recommendation from the co-ordinator) to another aquarium to prevent the risk of inbreeding. These animals, once mature, can contribute to healthy future generations.

We have also bred from our frog species, including the critcally endangered Golden Mantella frog. Many of our invertebrate species are also captive bred and by working alongside Bristol Zoo Gardens, together we have achieved the first documented breeding of the Giant vinegaroon in captivity within the UK.

In 2015 The Deep became the first aquarium in the UK to successfully breed and rear Zebra sharks. Of the 6 pups born, the four males have been transferred to Lisbon Oceanarium and the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. The two remaining females stayed with us at The Deep.

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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.

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