Conquer your fears of creepy crawlies in our bugs’ exhibit and discover the marvellous miniature world right under our noses.

From camouflage to colours, sharp fangs to potent venoms, these tiny creatures have more strength than first meets the eye. Many are masters of disguise, so you will need to have your wits about you to spot them. Take your time, soon small movements and shapes will begin to reveal the bigger picture of their tiny world.

See nine different species of invertebrate, some of which can’t be seen anywhere else in the UK. From the Green bottle blue tarantula to the leafy Katydid, the colourful Flower beetle to the stripy Tiger centipede, there’s sure to be something to ‘weta’ your appetite.

Fast growth teamed with speedy reproductive rates support their vast numbers. It is thought that insects could outnumber humans by as much as 200 million to one. 

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Meet the Stars

Here you can see some of the stars of Bugs, so make sure to look out for them on your way round.

Question mark cockroach

This beautiful species of cockroach is so named for the question mark pattern on its wings. At only 2-3cm in length it feeds on leaf litter and fallen fruits.Once mature they reproduce fast, but nymphs can take up to 3 months to hatch.

Bullshead cockroach

Cockroaches have adapted to live in virtually every habitat on the globe! These opportunistic feeders consume dead plants and animals, helping to recycle nutrients and mix the soil.

Green bottle blue tarantula

This striking ground dwelling spider lines its burrow with web-like silken threads to stop it from collapsing. This also doubles as a trap to ensnare prey right on its doorstep.

Vinegaroon

Although known as a 'whip scorpion', the vinegaroon is not venomous. They are nocturnal and feed on insects such as grasshoppers, cockroaches and crickets which they catch and crush in their long pincers. When threatened, they can release a concentrated acid which smells of vinegar.

Plan your visit

Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm. We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • 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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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.

For the safety and reassurance of visitors, The Deep reserves the right to carry out random bag searches at reception. To avoid delays, please avoid bringing large bags and rucksacks.

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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