Hull's (Its full title is Kingston-upon-Hull )maritime pre-eminence dates back to 1299, when it was laid out as a seaport by Edward I. It quickly became England's leading harbour, and was still a vital garrison when the gates were closed against Charles I in 1642, the first serious act of rebellion of what was to become the English Civil War.
The central Princes Dock sets the tone for Hull's modern refurbishment, the once abandoned waters now lined by landscaped brick promenades and overlooked by Princes Quay, a multi-tier, glass-spangled shopping centre, with the revamped marina beyond.
The train station is on the west side of town, on the main drag of Ferensway, with the bus station just to the north. The main tourist office is bang in the centre on Paragon Street at Queen Victoria Square