The Deep is the largest aquarium in the British Isles and the most popular in Europe outside of the Mediterranean region. Part of the Millenium Commission Project, it was one of several major public works projects across Britain designed to spruce up the coutnry’s culture at the dawn of the new millennium. It is now one of the most visited wildlife attractions in England.
In 1993, the Millenium Commission was established by the British government as a means to fund public works projects across the country. One project selected was an aquarium to be built in the city of Hull, an ancient port site. It was the first maor modern-day aquarium to be constructed in Britain. It was opened in 2002.
The Deep, locally referred to as the submarium, is smaller than Europe’s other major aquariums but nevertheless state—of-the-art. It has 660,000 gallons in environments housing over 3,500 animals. The Deep takes a different approach to oceanography. Rather than focus on geographic regions, this aquarium uses its exhibits to tell the history of the oceans of the world. Most popular are the various species of Shark and Ray that are on display here.
The Deep Aquarium is located along the old harbor just southeast of the city center of Hull. It is open year round. As of this writing hours were not available. The cost of admission is L11.50. Web: www.thedeep.co.uk (official website).