The northern English city of Hull is not actually called simply Hull. First mentioned as the town of Wyke on the River Hull in 1193, the city was renamed "Kings-town upon Hull' by King Edward I of England and is today Kingston upon Hull. Despite the meandering nomenclature, it has long been a major city which played an important role in both the English Civil War in the 1600s and the abolition of slavery in the 1700s. Expats living in Hull will find the modern city of some 260,000 people a vibrant center of commerce, retail and tourism. A proud Yorkshire city, any expatriate living in Hull will get a feeling of the city's independent spirit – it is the only city in England where the iconic British phone boxes aren't red (they're cream). Expats in Hull will find the city rich in architecture and beautiful monuments, despite having been heavily bombed in the Blitz, with local landmarks worth a visit including Hull City Hall, the striking Maritime Museum in Victoria Square and Hull's Museum Quarter.
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As it's a major port city, expatriates moving to Hull have a number of travel options. Ferries from continental Europe travel straight to the city, and the city's Paragon Interchange is a large bus and train hub with connections to all major British cities. Any expat moving to Hull, from further afield can fly to the nearby Humberside airport, which is a twenty mile drive to the city with some international flights and connections to Aberdeen and Amsterdam, the latter being well-connected to a number of international destinations. For more information on expatriation in general, we have a comprehensive collection of articles on topics ranging from international finance to living and working abroad in our online Expat Magazine. As well as this, we have some great content written by InterNations members, for a sneak preview of the sorts of opportunities and challenges an expatriate moving to Hull can expect.
The city's modern economy is centered around the health sector and the chemical industry, with the University of Hull and the Hull York Medical School providing the city with a strong research sector, while a number of new developments give expatriates working in Hull a good selection of shopping. Hull's cultural life is thriving, with arts, museums, theatres and a strong connection with various modern poets. After settling in as an expat working in Hull, you may wish to contact the city's international community and InterNations provides the easiest way of doing this, through the discussion groups, forums and private communication chanel on our website. This is a popular way for expatriates to organize meet-ups, socialize with other global minds and get information on the latest things to see and do.