This is my first post in a new series of reviews of Thrifty Days Out and this week’s is all about Ferens Art Gallery.
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Culture & Leisure
Queen Victoria Square
Monday to Wednesday
10am – 5pm
10am – 7.30pm
Friday and Saturday
10am – 5pm
11am – 4.30pm
30 minutes before closing
How do we get there?
The Ferens Art Gallery is right in the city centre of Hull in Queen Victoria Square. It is near the Maritime Museum and Hull City Hall.
Hull bus and train station (Paragon Interchange) is a five to 10 minute walk away. The nearest bus stop is Monument Bridge on Carr Lane.
There are limited pay and display car parking bays nearby. The nearest council car parks are Osbourne Street multistorey car park and Lowgate pay and display car park on Wilberforce Drive.
The nearest cycle parking is on the right of the main entrance, and on the corner of Carr Lane and Alfred Gelder Street. There is a secure covered cycle parking facility opposite, just outside Hull City Hall.
We took the train on this occasion as Ted hadn’t been on a train before!
Ferens Art Gallery has ramp access to the front, is flat inside and has lifts. However the internal doors between galleries have to be pushed and are quite awkward and heavy to move whilst pushing a pram. The staff and City of Culture volunteers were great in helping with these though.
What’s there to see and do?
Ferens Art Gallery is one of the key venues for Hull’s year as UK City of Culture.
Ferens has a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by European Old Masters, portraiture, marine painting, and modern and contemporary British art.
Highlights include masterpieces by Lorenzetti, Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Frederick Leighton, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.
What’s there for kids?
The recent refurbishment of Ferens Art Gallery has included a gallery specially designed for children. It focuses on sensory development and is intentionally interactive so you don’t have to worry about little hands touching everything! This isn’t just a posh soft play, there’s a real focus on developing little ones’ appreciation for art.And you’re encouraged to make your own art too!
Is there food and drink available?
Ferens Art Gallery Venu Cafe has been extended and includes a gift shop. There’s plenty of seating and highchairs (although they are the ones without a lap strap or tray).Children can choose from the ‘Little Artists Menu’. Plus there is comfy seating for feeding babies.
This is located in the disabled toilet off gallery 2. There is enough room for a double pram and was clean and tidy.
What’s the best bit for kids?
James loved the floor which altered when he walked over it. He found it fascinating!
What’s the best bit for adults?
They have an impressive afternoon tea with Prosecco or cocktails!
For adults, Ferens Art Gallery hold special evening events including a Sparkling Wine and Chocolate Tasting. Tickets are available from the cafe. You can check dates for the next event here.
For kids, Time Troopers is a Saturday morning club held once a month for under 16s. It runs 11am-1pm with a different theme for each event. You can find out more here.
We all had a great morning out at Ferens Art Gallery. We spent a good couple of hours in the gallery and had lunch in the cafe. For slightly older children there’s some interesting artwork and sculptures to explore in the rest of the gallery so could be made into a full day out. I am looking forward to visiting the Time Troopers club with James later in the year.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve been and what you thought of it.