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

Many are the 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.

Use the touchscreens to find out more about these critters and their habitats. 

DID YOU KNOW? The David Bowie spider was so named because of the red stripe on its head resembling David Bowie’s iconic lightning bolt!

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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.

Giant flower beetle

Coming in a multitude of rainbow colourations these beetles are the jewels of the rainforest. The second largest flower beetle in the world, coming second only to the Goliath beetle, they can reach 8cm in length. They feed on fallen fruits and decaying leaves.

Malaysian leaf katydid

An excellent leaf mimic, these katydids are a master of disguise. Their spectacular 'eye spots' and thorny spines are enough to deter any would-be predator hunting amongst the tree tops. They feed on leaves and occasionally fallen fruit.

David Bowie spider

This species of huntsman spider was only discovered in 2008. These unusually hairy spiders grow to only 2.5cm long, with the females being slightly larger than the males. Excellent hunters, they feed on small insects and other spiders.

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
  • 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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