13th August 2018

We are so excited to finally announce that The Deep will be featuring in the channel 5 TV show 'Big Week at the Zoo'. Tune in and see Miranda Krestovnikoff joining our Aquarists as they care for our penguins, feed the sea turtles and release the juvenile Zebra sharks in their new home in Endless ocean.

Going live from Monday 20th August at 8pm, this week long show will take you behind the scenes at some of the UK's most well known zoos and aquariums. See what it takes to look after some of the worlds most endangered species and the work that goes into their conservation across the globe.

See the full line up here



10th August 2018

Have you ever wondered what this structure is outside The Deep? This is a diving bell – specifically the 'Globe Probe 2' – an underwater chamber used to transport divers to the depths of the seafloor and communicate with ships on the surface. The worker inside would report on the condition of wrecks and direct recovery vehicles in salvage operations. Take a peek inside the port holes and you will see all the original gear used for this purpose. This particular diving bell was made in Cottingham, not far from Hull in 1981. In historic terms that makes it quite new. In 1535, Guglielmo de Lorena created and used what is considered to be the first modern diving bell.

We asked the helpful staff at the National Museum of the Royal Navy if they knew any more about the Globe Probe 2....

The Globe Probe is an Observation Bell which would be lowered by cable to a wreck site and from which the observer would direct salvage equipment (e.g. cranes, grabs) being operated from the surface. Manufactured of stainless steel, it was capable of operating down to 500m, with the observer in direct contact with the surface for communication and air. The concept was pioneered by Dr Robert Davis of the Siebe Gorman Company in the 1920s and is illustrated in his book 'Submarine and Deep Sea Operations'. The last use of our Globe Probe was to assist in elements of salvage work carried out on the destroyer HMS Coventry, which was sunk by the Argentineans during the Falklands War in 1982. The holes were deliberately drilled to render the Bell useless after its operational life was over. The Globe Probe was last used to recover material from HMS Coventry after the Falklands conflict, including the Cross of Nails that now sits in Coventry cathedral.

Nowadays, however, this bell has a new purpose... Equipped with a solar panel, bench and 2 USB charging points, the 'Globe Probe 2' has been transformed into a power providing, device charging, al fresco resting place! It's free for all to use so fill your boots (or phone) with its green energy goodness!



27th July 2018

Cleaning out exhibits, feeding some fish….. How hard can it really be? Well, pretty tough actually. Being an Aquarist at The Deep is not just a job, but a passion. It requires them to be a biologist, chemist, diver, cleaner, dietician and an animal behaviourist whilst being able to apply a variety of skills in plumbing and carpentry – with a dash of creative flare! But what happens when you throw caring for penguins into the mix?

Despite having a cute and playful disposition, penguins create a lot of mess and often like to get involved and lend a helping flipper.

Located in the heart of the aquarium, the day of the penguin keeper kicks off at 8.30am when they check the filtration system is running smoothly and upon entering the exhibit they conduct visual checks of each and every penguin before they begin the mammoth task of cleaning.

Penguins poo.... a lot!

Penguins poo... a lot. So much that the entire enclosure has to be washed and rinsed from top to bottom each and every morning. Being quite acidic, this job requires a fair amount of elbow grease (and a high powered hose) to complete the task. All the windows and rocks are rinsed down and real ice is produced and piled up in various places to ensure a healthy and enriching home for our feathered friends.

Emma, one of The Deep’s Penguin keepers, says “Extra care and time is needed during the breeding season. We don’t want to disturb them too much, they know how they want their nest to be, so we try not to get overly involved. It’s a sensitive time. After this, they then go into moult during the summer. Each year penguins will moult the waterproof layer of feathers and grow new ones in their place. This presents a new challenge. Not only have we the task of cleaning their home, but also sweeping up loads of feathers. They don’t swim during this time either, they get itchy and a bit grumpy, so we have to work around them”.

Time for food!

The penguins are fed twice per day on a mixture of fish; including capelin, sprat and herring. They will also receive a feed of shrimp in their pool to encourage their natural hunting behaviours.

This is just the backbone of their work. In order to ensure species survival in the wild it is essential to learn as much as they can about their animals behaviour, biology and developmental requirements. This knowledge is then further applied to crucial conservation strategies both within aquaria and out in the field.

It’s not an easy career and you are required to be on call 24hrs a day, 365 days of the year – even Christmas, because who else is going to give the animals their dinner? It’s not glamorous. At the end of the day your clothes are damp and you smell of fish! But they wouldn’t have it any other way.



21st June 2018

We are delighted to have received a silver award for our stunning Lagoon of Light exhibit at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Gala Event earlier this month. After 6 months working alongside specialist exhibit designers and scenic artists it re-opened in spring 2017. Since its reveal, the new look Lagoon of Light has proven to be a huge hit amongst visitors and staff alike.

The bulk of the construction and theming was carried out in house along with supplementary work from the designers and life support specialists. Very little of the exhibit is ‘off the shelf’. Boasting an abundance of colourful fish, small sharks and stingrays, this once palm-lined, sandy beach has been transformed into a lush, tropical mangrove reef, based upon an island from the Palau archipelago.

Aside from improving the overall ‘look’ of the exhibit, emphasis was also placed on upgrading the life support systems. By installing a hidden wave surge device and new pumps, we have dramatically increased the water flow which allows us to maintain a continued high level of water quality. Removing the ceiling above the exhibit meant we could upgrade the lighting system, letting us include sunrise, dusk and moon phases, enforcing essential behavioural and reproductive cues for a number of species within the habitat.

The immersive display draws you into life on the reef. With touch screen interpretation, visitors are free to explore their favourite creatures within the habitat. Presentations and scatter feeds are carried out at the Lagoon every day at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, providing our visitors a fun and informative opportunity to learn more about our animals.



16th June 2018

Saturday 16 June is World Sea Turtle Day! It is so important to conserve these amazing animals. As well as the human activities that threaten their future, it is estimated that as few as 1 in 1,000 marine turtle eggs will survive to adulthood. 

Sea turtles are particularly vulnerable to plastic pollution as they use their beaks to test out objects in the water and often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favourite foods! 

Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. Their biggest threats include:

  • Entanglement in fishing gear
  • Poaching and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells
  • Coastal development
  • Plastic and other marine debris
  • Global warming
  • Ocean pollution
  • Turtleshell Trade

The Deep's two Loggerhead sea turtles, Sensa and MaBouche, were victims of fishing gear that was left in the Mediterranean sea. They were rescued from being entangled in the long lines and subsequently cannot feed on their own, meaning they cannot survive in the wild.

Despite their amazing features and adaptations, six of the seven sea turtle species are considered critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, and the seventh is listed as data deficient. The Deep has been working to help sick and injured sea turtles at New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. Here they rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of injured and sick sea turtles that get stranded on the shores near the aquarium every year. Learn more about this project here.

What are you doing to celebrate sea turtles today? Let us know by tweeting @thedeephull !

FREE DOWNLOAD! Check out this Loggerhead sea turtle poster.

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
  • 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 

The Deep Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

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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

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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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