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Queens Gardens

In the historic site of Hull’s first dock, wander around lakes and ponds and learn about Robinson Crusoe and William Wilberforce.

The Queens Gardens is a set of scenic grounds spread across a 10-acre (4-hectare) plot that formerly held the waters of the Queen’s Dock. It has tree-lined paths leading to an eclectic array of informative monuments and colorful floral displays. Admire the majestic buildings and relish the serene ambiance in these landscape gardens that take you away from the bustle of the city center. 

Wander along the meandering paths and encounter the picturesque ponds in this glorious park. Snap photos of the fountains and examine the brilliant colors of the blooming flowers that adorn the raised patches of grass. Relax on a bench and watch people go by.  

Gaze up at the impressive statue of William Wilberforce, a key figure in the movement to abolish slavery, atop a tall Doric column. Spot the plaque with an engraving that depicts Daniel Defoe’s fictional character Robinson Crusoe, who sailed from Hull before getting stranded on a desert island for 28 years. Through the center of the park runs a tree-lined avenue flanked by vast areas of grass, where sports games often take place.

Enjoy snacks and refreshments at the charming café. Attend a musical recital or rock concert at the Mick Ronson Stage. Go to events that form part of the Freedom Festival in early September and the Jazz Festival in July.  

Consider the intriguing history of this plot of land. In the 1930s, the Queen’s Dock was partially filled in, before the gardens were built on top. Note that it was initially known as the Old Dock, until Queen Victoria visited in 1854 and the harbor adopted the name of Queens.

Find the Queens Gardens a little west of the River Hull in the center of the city. Walk east from the railway station to get here in about 7 minutes. Go to some of the attractions in this area, including the Hull Maritime Museum, the Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Guildhall.


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