Now visited twice in the last few years. Been to many similar establishments - the London Aquarium, Sea Life Centres in Oban, Scarborough and Birmingham, Deep Sea World, Macduff Marine Aquarium......
But in one sentence: what makes The Deep so good is that it was purpose built.
There is a real sense of progression from one area to the next - this makes it a particularly good experience for children (mid-primary age upwards).
Overall, it is not enormous, and whilst other aquariums may boast greater diversity and wow-factor features (such as the tunnel at Deep Sea World), The Deep has one VERY big stand-out attraction....
The giant marine tropical (open) tank is a delight - haven't come across another place in the UK with anything on such a scale. My wife and I keep a small marine tropical aquarium at home, so have first hand experience of how difficult it is to establish and maintain one - top marks to The Deep for doing a fantastic job here.
Anyone interested in keeping marine tropicals at home would be well advised to pay a visit here just to see this exhibit!
Perhaps just one - it's a shame that the very large (and relatively quiet) car park is separately chargeable.
I understand that, being close to the centre of Hull, it would not be feasible for the parking to be free, as people would take the mick.
But why not, say, add another pound to the price of the car parking ticket - but also give a discount of £2 off the price of admission when you present a car park ticket receipt for the same day? My local city centre supermarket does something similar and it works brilliantly.
Overall though, very much worth the trip to Hull - admittedly, somewhere I would have no cause to visit were it not for the fact I have family close by.
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