When the weather isn’t great, normally we would venture out to the library or one of the many free museums Hull has to offer. Even a cheap trip to the swimming pool still remains off the cards for the time being. However, with art galleries still closed, I decided to get creative and take the boys on a graffiti tour of Hull instead!
Hull Graffiti Tour
The first thing to say is that any graffiti tour comes with a caveat that graffiti is in its nature, temporary. Therefore if you see an amazing picture in this post, it does not come with any guarantee to still be there at a later date. That said, when Banksy came to Hull, the council decided to support its protection. The artwork, which appeared on the Scott Street bridge over the River Hull in January 2018, was taken down by specialists to preserve it. It will be restored and put on display at a later date. But throwback video to when I got down there the morning it appeared! *Please note it is not there now and currently in storage*
Additionally, as with any art, I have my preferences which might not be to your taste and I promise there is such a huge range of styles on the Hull Graffiti Tour but basically, graffiti artist’s tags don’t do it for me. Graffiti which is more pictoral and maybe the odd slogan are my personal bag. I’ve also a preference for family-friendly graffiti for obvious reasons!
So here’s where to start.
Anlaby Road Flyover
If you want a picture of your kids in front of the Bored of Lockdown graffiti above then head to Anlaby Road Flyover. This is a perfect addition to the lockdown scrapbooks so many of you are making!
Where to park: KC Stadium or West Park.
Postcode: HU3 6HU. Approaching Hull from the A1079, take third exit from the Beverley Bypass and continue down Beverley Road towards the city centre.
Head under the flyover for lots of colourful work where you’ll also be protected from the elements briefly!
Then get yourselves up to the top of the flyover to catch more graffiti lining the pathway walls. There are loads to look at but this is my current favourite. Anything topical is always a hit with me.
Fruit Market Area, Wellington Street and Humber Street
I’ve noticed there’s less turnover of graffiti in this area which helps you plan your day with kids. So you’ll be able to ask the kids, who can spot the witch? And for older children you can get into the political messages that are conveyed in the graffiti.
Remember to look up if you want to spot some superheroes too! Spiderman can be spotted close by.
Where to park: On street parking on Wellington Street or the car park infront of CD41. Alternatively, you could pay for parking at The Deep and walk across the bridge towards Dock Street and Humber Street.
Postcode: HU1 1TH.
This is a great spot to grab a snack or something more substantial. We love getting ice creams from Tasty on Humber Place in front of the marina and doing a bit of fancy yacht spotting. There’s plenty of seating to have your picnic if you’re keeping things completely free and the weather is dry or you might hit lucky with a marina view parking place to eat your sarnies from the comfort of your car.
Finally, make your way to the Bankside Gallery.
This outdoor (and legal) gallery decorates the seemingly neglected buildings and walls in the Bankside area of Hull.
The artist collaborative often holds ‘graffiti jams’ and publicise where they’ll be on their facebook page, so its a great opportunity to see graffiti in action. If its wet weather though, this is a really great place to have a drive around if you have a car as its pretty much all viewable from the road.
There’s such a great mixture of styles from the vivid and obscure works by MrJoe…
…to the ethereal feel of the wall murals by Katy from Wall Things Bright and Beautiful.
There’s plenty of space to park on the street if you’re keen to have a wander around and let the kids get up close the graffiti. Many of the buildings are factories so just make sure you’re not blocking any exits or entrances for deliveries.
Where to park: Either don’t park and do a “driveby” or park on-street for a wander. You’ll want to start in the Wincolmlee area to tour up Bankside, Air Street, Swann Street and Sculcoates Lane near Crown Paints (who have been big supporters, often donating paint to the cause!)
Postcode: HU5 1RU.
For more outdoor adventures, many in the Hull area, then check out these posts.