The Deep Aquarium

Ideal for:

  • Babies & Toddlers (0-3)
  • Young Children (4-8)
  • Older Children (9-12)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Big Kids (19+)

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About The Deep Aquarium Hull :

The Deep

Located in Hull, East Yorkshire, The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world.

Situated a short stroll from the marina and city centre, it is in the perfect location for visitors to enjoy Hull and all it has to offer as UK City of Culture 2017.

We are home to almost 3,500 fish including UK’s only pair Green sawfish, spectacular sharks and rays; not forgetting our snakes, invertebrates, turtles and colony of Gentoo penguins!

Journey through the story of the world’s oceans, travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Take a walk through our underwater tunnel to admire the stunning marine life swimming right above you, before riding in our glass lift up through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek behind the scenes!

Take a walk through our underwater tunnel to admire the stunning marine life swimming right above you, before taking a ride in our glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek behind the scenes!

There are a host of activities happening at The Deep every single day to enhance your enjoyment and knowledge of our residents. These include: daily dive show, touchpool sessions and penguin feeding time presentations.

Upcoming Events

Little Nippers 
Don’t get crabby, come to little nippers at The Deep! Join us on Tuesday mornings 9:30am-11:00am for our fun-filled discovery and play sessions for children aged 2 and under. Enjoy sing-a-long and story time in the soft play area along with a light snack. Adults pay £13.50 for 12 months entry, plus £1 per session for your little nipper! This includes all visits to the aquarium too! No need to pre-book simply turn up on the day! Please see our website for a full list of dates.

Tranquil Tuesdays
Join us on the first Tuesday of each month for Tranquil Tuesdays (Term time only). From 3pm until closing the lights will be brighter and the audio turned down, creating a tranquil environment for our visitors. This event is perfect for those who prefer to visit during a quieter and more peaceful environment. Everyone is welcome to attend. Normal admission rates apply and there is no need to book. We have a range of aids available to hire free of charge for visitors with access needs including ear defenders, Braille guides, large print guides, MP3 audio guides, international language leaflets, rollators, electric mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

Shark Egg Case Hunt (28 July)
Join us at Fraisthorpe beach for our third Egg Case Hunt of the year! Taking place along the East Coast, these free events are being delivered in partnership with the Shark Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in a bid to involve local people in shark conservation. Ideal for children aged 3 upwards, you can support marine life whilst enjoying a great day out. All participants are asked to wear suitable and sturdy footwear – wellies may be required. The event is expected to finish by 3pm. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There is a cafe and toilet facilities onsite. Car parking is £3. For more information or to register your place please email

Quiet Day (12 September)
Experience The Deep in a more tranquil environment on our upcoming Quiet Day. The audio will be turned down for those who find the sounds distracting and the lights will be brighter to make our information more clear. Audio and Braille guides are also available free of charge at reception, the timetable below includes all BSL signed presentations and shows throughout the day! Normal admission charges apply and there is no need to book. Please note, there will be no school visits on this day.

Beach Clean (22 September)
The Deep is on the lookout for volunteers for our second beach clean of 2018 at Hessle Foreshore. This event is part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch, a nationwide annual beach clean-up and litter survey organised which takes place on beaches all over the UK. Each piece of litter collected is identified, weighed and recorded before being carefully disposed of. The data collected goes towards the Marine Conservation Society’s national survey, which is subsequently used to help raise public awareness of the impact of litter on the environment. Suitable for children aged 3 upwards, this is a great way of helping your local environment. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times and will receive a free goody bag for taking part. Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy footwear on the day. Gloves and hand sanitiser will be provided on the day. To get involved email

Slime time! 
It’s all about slime this summer at The Deep from 21 July to 2 September. Join us at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for ‘The Slime Show’ where your little scientists can help with exciting experiments as we explore which animals use slime in their everyday lives. There’s props galore, and of course, lots of gooey green stuff. And if that’s not enough, you can even make your own pot of slime (12-4pm) to take home for just £1 – the question is, what colour will yours be? Don’t forget to take a picture at the mad scientist photo board too and share it with us at #thedeephull.

Home Educators Day (Thurs 6 Sept – 2018)
Following the fantastic success of The Deep’s Home Educators Days in 2017, we are pleased to announce we are holding another event at The Deep, Hull, specifically for children who are educated at home.
This will take place on Thursday 6th September from 9.45am.
This year’s event theme is Pole To Pole. We will be travelling into a world of ice and snow and meeting some peculiar penguins and the different animals that share their habitat along the way.
Visitors will also be able to see our 5,000 residents including a colony of Gentoo penguins, spectacular sharks, rays and Europe’s only pair of green sawfish, whilst exploring the story of the world’s oceans through a unique blend of stunning marine life, fun interactives and audio-visual presentations.
If you would like to book a place, please contact 01482 381000

Junior Experience Day (7 August 2018, 29 August 2018, 24 November 2018)

Is your child aged between 8-11 with a passion for marine animals? Then join us for a fun-filled experience day where your youngster can help carry out some of The Deep’s daily activities. 

Your child will be part of a group of up to 8 children, who will spend the morning with a member of The Deep’s crew, allowing them to get hands on within the attraction. Activities will include:

·         Seeing behind the scenes of our river turtle display and Discovery Corner plant room

·         Taking part in a nori feed at the Lagoon

·         Cleaning the exhibit acrylic

·         Taking part in a slime workshop and touch pool session

·         Invertebrate handling 

·         Question time with a guide

·         Trying on a dive kit and watching the dive show

Experiences start at 8:30am and finish at 2:30pm. Places cost £32.50 per child, full payment is required at time of booking. Spaces are limited. Please note: adults are not required to accompany children on the day.
If you would like to book your child a place please call us on 01482 381000 (option 3)

DEEP EXPERIENCE – Various dates available – The Deep 1 to 1 Experience is a morning with a difference for those with a love of the marine world. Get hands on and help The Deep crew with a series of day to day activities as well as seeing behind the scenes. Experience days are ideal for youngsters with a passion for the marine world or those looking at getting into a Marine Biology career, but are also perfect for adults with an interest in aquaria. The Deep Experience is suitable for participants aged 8 and above. Exact details are dependent on participant age. Find out more here.



ATM, toilets on every floor, onsite café (open 10-5 serving hot food until 3pm), halfway café (open peak periods only), indoor and outdoor picnic areas, baby changing facilities, paid onsite parking, pushchair friendly, Two Rivers Restaurant (open Thursday Friday and Saturday evenings. See for more information)

Accessible facilities – wheelchair friendly, dedicated disabled/accessible entrance, accessible toilets on all floors, complimentary hire of mobility aids and ear defenders (subject to availability), braille/audio/large print guides available on request.


The Deep, Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

Phone: 01482 381000

Web Address:

Opening Hours:

Every day 10am until 6pm (last entry 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Pricing structure – from £10.50 (child price) under 3s FREE, concessions and family tickets available. Save 10% when you book online at gain FREE entry for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass* All standard entry purchases eligible. Please see for further information and full T&Cs

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