Good morning, guys. Welcome back to our road trip across Northern England. Right now we are in Kingston Upon Hull. Hull was recently named the UK city of culture for 2017 So we’re here to find out a bit more of its contribution to England’s heritage. Let’s roll. Well guys, we’ve managed to score another day of really good weather here, which is always a surprise in this corner of the world. But it should be mentioned that Hull is undergoing lots of reconstruction. They’re basically just pimping it out for 2017. So where are we off to first, Bro? One of the biggest contributions Hull had to English heritage was in the maritime field. This was a major port in medieval times, all the way through to modern era. We’re going to head to the Maritime Museum right now, and meet with the local expert who is going to teach us a bit more about its role. Let’s go. I think it’s “anchors away.” Hull was founded in the 1100s as a trading port and throughout the Middle Ages became part of the Hanseatic League, which was basically the precursor to the European Union, like this sort of network of trading ports around Northern Europe, which connected England and the British Isles all the way with Germany, the Baltic states, and Scandanavia. The reason we are here is to look at Hull’s maritime history. Hull was built, literally, to export wool, and that’s what it did first of all. Not only exported wool, but it also exported lead. And the merchants got quite rich on them. The sea was the first world wide web, and Hull people and ships did their business in great waters. Scratch any story of the sea from across the world, and you’ll find Hull people and ships. Well that was super interesting I think one of the most fascinating parts of travel is by connecting the dots from different places and people. In the last year we’ve been to cities in the Hanseatic League like Talilnn, Estonia And you can see those connections here in the architecture, in some of the street names. It’s crazy how commercial ventures can connect a city like this to the rest of the world. England is such a maritime nation, and cities like Hull are the ones that sent the British out into the world. It’s pretty interesting. Something quirky about Hull: It’s the only place in the UK that has white telephone booths Now we’re down at the waterfront. We’re standing in front of the Arctic Corsair, which is a fishing trawler that used to fish way up in the North Atlantic. We’re meeting up with Derrick and Wally who are two guys who worked as fisherman for a long time. According to Wally here, over 900 trawlers left Hull and never returned. And over 6000 of these fishermen were lost at sea, including your father, your uncle, two uncles, and a father. You see these lists back here of all these names, and then the plaques on the other wall of all the faces of the people who died at sea here in Hull. It’s crazy and it really puts into prespective how important this industry was and how many people died fishing here in Hull because they were motoring all the way up to Iceland Definitely a dangerous job and not one for the faint of heart. Pretty insane guys. To put his into perspective: these guys would go out fishing for two to three weeks, and in that time they would fill this hold with literally 4 or 5 tons of fish. That’s anywhere between 10 and 20,000 fish. They would be up to their chests in live fish, and they would have to gut all of those fish on the deck before they could go into this machine back here. Basically, it was like a conveyor belt, and it would dump the fish down into the hold. And then there would be other guys here who would be shoveling ice onto the fish to keep them fresh. Let’s see where we used to sleep? Down here? Down here That says danger. Keep out. Is that because all of the smell from you guys sleeping down there? No, the anchor’s down here. [Laugh}. That’s the anchor down there, huh? Yeah. But normally you would have slept down there? Yeah. There are two bunks on that side. There are two bunks on this side. That’s where we slept There’s dead man’s corner. There’s no where to stand. When that sea ponies over, if you was caught there that’d smash your arms up bulkhead and kill ya. Story of cod fishing is just a fascinating one. At one point they thought that there were so many codfish that you could walk clear from Europe to North America on the backs of codfish. It was so lucrative that they called the fishing spots silver pits. But eventually, cod was over fished. That was made even worse in the 1970s with what was called the Cod Wars. Iceland, asserting its territorial control over its waters, and not letting English fishing trawlers fish off their coasts where they did for hundreds of years. And that combined with the mechanization of the cargo port, really lead to bad times for the city. And it’s been basically trying to recover ever since that double blow in the mid 1970s. Man. those guys have some stories, huh? Fishermen and their tales. For sure. But maybe the most long-lasting story of English fishermen is the dish that we most commonly associate with the UK: fish and chips. So we’re going to head into the Lion and Key, one of the oldest pubs in town here, have a pint, have some lunch, and then start an ale trail. Chips That’s it right there. Cheers. Yum. Thank you. One pub down. The next one is Ye Olde Heart, which has a pretty interesting story because it’s the pub that sparked in many ways the English Civil War back in the 1600s. You’ve got to love when you walk into a pub and there’s just a huge human skull on display. No big deal. Chill. So now we are in the Plotting Parlour, which is named like this because it used to be the governor’s house, and a couple citizens at the outbreak of the English Civil War decided to deny the king, Charles the First, entry into the city. And you know what happens when you deny the king? You get seiged. Bad things happen. There was a seige that happened after that, and that was the first conflict of the English Civil War, and it eventually….. Pretty poorly for Charles, right? Yeah, he lost his head. What do you think we should plot in this room, Bro? I think we should plot to have more pints. I think we should plot the same thing we plot everyday: How to take over the world!! I know the last video was about haunted places, but…… yeah, I feel it here! What is that? Where? Oh my god. There’s an arm in here. Limbs everywhere and then there’s…oh my god that scared the hell out of me. I know, right? Thank you. So you might notice that Ye Olde White Harte heart is actually a deer. Not like the heart in your chest. And we just learned that that is because King Richard the Second mandated that all pubs have some sort of sign. I just generally love the way that pubs are named in the UK. Now please don’t take this the wrong way, but there are so many names of pubs that are really sexual, but also not. And I don’t know if this is like a running joke, but I don’t get it. Because the word “cock” means a hen. No, a cock means a rooster. Well yeah, OK. Either way, it’s not perverted: it’s just old English So this is the most narrow and small window in all England. It was designed to allow the porter to be able to see when coaches were coming so he could give them good service. That’s the George Pub here at home. Right guys. Well… kind of an interesting turn of events this afternoon. We are being interviewed by ITV And we’re in front of the Hull Theater, which is kind of a landmark in the city. Now it’s a big year for Hull. There’s a lot of people here who are excited about becoming the city of culture, and I think they’re interested to see what we think, which so far has been….[thumbs-up] all positive. Anyway, we’re going to head back inside because we have to do a quick interview with the theater director. My name is Mark Babich I’m the artistic director of Hull Truck Theater It started in the early 1970s by a director called Mike Bradwell who was with a bunch of quite revoluntionary theater makers, and they decided to create a theater companty in probably the least likely place in the early 1970s, and that was Hull And they literally started from making work out of the back of the truck. So hence the name Hull Truck. It’s been quite the day, man. I’ve had a great time here in Hull. We’ve explored part of the city, and now we’re going to the marina. We’re going to this restaurant, 1884, which has played a part of giving some energy to this part of the city. Hull was really badly damaged in WW2. So not only did you have the fishing industry leave, the port kind of shut down. But in World War Two, 90 -95 % of the city was destroyed in the whole Blitz, which was basically a German bombing campaign. Restaurants like 1884 have started putting in a lot of energy in this part of the city. So we’re going to go meet up with Laura Waller. the chef and have some “din dins.” Started off as an attempt to bring the Manhattan style steak house to the UK. But also to put something in an area that previously had been quite neglected for a number of years. It’s all very beautifully presented. We have venison wellington, some sea bream and sole, all local produce, all delicious I momentarily forgot that I’m eating pure bacon and lard. It’s super nice. Mark said that eating bacon makes your beard better. What bacon does is put the oil in your beard that you need to make it all thick. It also puts the oil in your heart that makes you have a heart attack. But trade-offs, man. Beards are worth it, right? until you have a heart attack. Until you have a heart attack. Well, I had an absolutely amazing day here in Hull. It was super fun. Yeah, we definitely did. It’s been a great little addition to our road trip here in Northern England. So if you’ve not seen the rest of the videos, make sure you check out the rest of this playlist. There’re links in the description box. If you like the video, make sure you give it a thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to Vagabrothers for new travel videos every Tuesday. In the meantime remember to stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Next stop: Liverpool. Peace. I means Leeds. We’re going to Leeds, actually. [Laugh]


  1. Yeah!! – a great review of my home city – looking forward to next years City of Culture 2017 – sharing this on FB 🙂

  2. AMAZING! Thank you so much for showing that Hull isn't as terrible as people make it out to be! Hull is fantastic, and I'm never ashamed to say that I'm from here! Especially in 2017 where I'm sure I'll fall in love with my home town even more ❤️

  3. I do find that Hull can be a bit underrated at times, and there are nice things to do and to visit in Hull, though I'm sorry, but I don't think it deserves to be city of culture, there are just quite simply nicer places and places with more historical landmarks etc… I find though then again you may disagree and there are probably a lot of things that I've missed in Hull too

  4. Thankyou guys for saying some nice things about my home city.The rest of England like to put us down but you two gave a honest account..Cheers

  5. I'm getting so giddy about how the steps I take nearly everyday are on YouTube, also hulls redevelopment is almost finished, and right now there's a wind turbine blade in Victoria square. Plus there's a new memorial for the trawler men lost at sea

  6. It's not pronounced 'YE', it is pronounced 'THE'…that isn't the letter Y, it's just the closest to the thorn letter: Þ

    Olde English, innit.

  7. I was born and live in Hull and proud of my City. I shared your great video on FB last year and going to do it again today – I wish you guys could come back to do an up-date now most of the refurbishments are completed – lots of great things happening every day 🙂

  8. It was actually the EEC, later to become to EU, through the common fisheries policy that destroyed the fishing industry. One of the many reasons were out of the EU as soon as possible.

  9. One fact: in 1969 three ships sank in various different places but sank together they were 60 people all together and 59 died 1 survived all of them came from Hull

  10. So glad you mentioned the Hansiatic League something that is often overlooked by people that even live in the city.

  11. When I worked as a fundraiser once I was speaking to a guy and asked him where he was from, he said "Hell, er I mean Hull" I once lived there for a few months so I understood the Freudian slip. I'm glad they are putting some funding into the place it needed it.

  12. Great video. Thanks so much for uploading. We in Hull don't brag or show off, no big need really. Not in our nature. But we are proud of our city and are so happy when people come and enjoy it. It really does have that 'end of the line' feeling, as someone once said ;o)

  13. Great Video guys, I'm producing a website about the Humber area and would love to include your video. Would that be ok with a link / credit back? Thanks

  14. Violent city and it's all a front – people can kick out if you do one thing ! Just end of the road ville . It's not the city itself it's the people . Very negative attitude to their European heritage and being a European country even though an island . You'd think they invented islands by how into themselves they are . I mean seriously ???? . The surface is being air brushed but underneath there is a vile culture of hatred

  15. I was born in Hull & saw it's decline in the 70's. I eventually left in the 80's to find work elsewhere. I come back to my home town every couple of years & have to admit the place looked depressing the last few year, but the City of Culture has brought new life & vibrancy to city.These guys have done a great video to promote Hull, I hope the city can build on from the City of Culture 2017 & attract even more tourists. One omission is glaring, why do people who visit Hull never mention William Wilberforce, the man who abolished slavery. His house is a must visit.

  16. I left Hull when I was 19. Came back when I was 27. Have loved living back here for the past 17 years. The city has the same problems most other cities do. However it also lacks prolific problems other cities have. I have lived in far worse places in the UK than this great city. I am proud to come from Hull, and even prouder I returned and will forever stay.

  17. I was born in Hull and now live in York (I watched then York video! I support the local football (soccer) team and I love the Maritime museum!

  18. Thanks for not saying anything negative about Hull because everyone has forgotten Hull even exists. And when something does come up then the newspaper or the tv just say bad things. So thank you so much😛😍😜

  19. im from hull and live here still and my family all had something o do with fishing and my gdad worked on the artic corsair

  20. Sorry but I’m disappointed as you still haven’t been to the city of football, sheffield. You should come.

  21. Went to uni there, brought up less than 50 miles away and you guys, two Americans still tell me lots I didn't know

  22. Hi good video hope you enjoyed Hull I say this as I am the youth mayor of hull and am proud that people are enjoying it.

  23. You can buy a property in hull and surrounding area for the price needed as deposit to buy a property in london.

  24. i live in Hull and i was born in hessle just outside Hull i moved from Hessle for a few years and missed the place so i moved back to Hull and i love it

  25. I was here in my first trip to England ever. I really liked the city. Nice beer prices and polite people. Would recomend a Guiness at ye olde white harte.

  26. FYI: British Culture and "English Heritage", not the same thing! Anyway I loved how you picked the most old fashioned museum and made it interesting.

  27. Thanks for the video, guys. I'll be in Yorkshire in May for about three weeks and didn't have Hull on the radar at all. Now I will do some research and maybe take a day trip there.

  28. I visited Hull last December during my trip to England from Canada. I absolutely loved it there and spent most of my time there. I'm going again in a few weeks and I'm so excited to see what Yorkshire and Hull has to offer in the summer!

  29. A fantastic video. Really giving our City a name in the good light. People always stereo type Hull to be a bit boring and a run down place. This video gives in depth review into the history behind the City and it's docks. I love Hull.

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