Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Deep Aquarium, Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

Contact: 01482 381000



Hulls award winning aquarium, The Deep is home to over 3,500 fish including critically endangered green sawfish (the only pair in the UK), sharks, rays and turtles. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates and a colony of Gentoo penguins!

Students can enjoy a unique and memorable visit as they travel from the beginning of time and into the future. Explore a diverse range exhibits including our newly refurbished Lagoon with tropical fish, sharks and rays, small and interesting species in our Slime zone and some of our biggest animals in Endless Ocean.

To see all of what The Deep has to offer, take a look at The Deep tour on our website.

The Deep is primarily an environmental and conservation charity dedicated to increasing the knowledge and understanding of the world’s oceans through its participation in vital research and conservation schemes around the world. Visitors can learn about the work that we do throughout the attraction as well as how they can play their part.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
The Deep has a purpose build Learning Centre and a dedicated team of staff that help make school visits exciting, educational and fun.

Our learning centre is home to three Sea Labs – immersive learning spaces with large interactive teaching screens, child-friendly microscopes and laptops which allow pupils to get hands on with their learning.

Since opening in 2002, The Deep has welcomed 300,000 pupils to the Learning Centre where our experienced teachers deliver workshops closely referenced to the National Curriculum in subjects including Science, Maths, English, Art, Geography and Citizenship. For older students Marketing, Customer Care and Travel and Tourism workshops are available.

All workshops, presentations and hands-on activities are delivered to groups from pre-school pupils to post sixteen students

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We have the LOtC.

What does a typical educational visit include?
All school visits include a workshop relevant to the student’s key stage, a self-guided tour of The Deep visitor attraction.

Also available are:

• A teach preview visit per class (Please note: any accompanying family and friends will be required to pay the standard entry price)
• Downloadable resources and activity trails for use before, during or after your visit
• Free on-site coach parking
• Secure bag storage (by arrangement)
• Dedicated packed lunch area.
• Free teacher places. These are based on rations of 1:6 for primary schools and 1:10 for secondary schools and colleges. Additional adult places cost £7.50 per person.

What group sizes do you cater for?
The Deep’s minimum charge is for 12 pupils, we can cater up to 420 pupils. The capacity of each of the Sea Labs is 36 pupils so large groups will be split into smaller groups and given an individual itinerary for their visit.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We are pleased to able to offer the use of loan boxes to teachers free of charge* which are the perfect support for students.

The two boxes, Oceans and Habitats, are ideal as a pre or post visit support for teachers and their pupils to enhance learning and engagement. Offering a variety of cross curricular resources for Key Stage 1 and 2, the loan box resource can support whole class teaching group sessions or independent learning.

Loan boxes include real artifacts that can be researched, discussed or used creatively by a class. They offer a range of key words, questions and definitions cards to aid knowledge and understanding as well as a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

*refundable deposit of £25 is required to hire the loan boxes. Please e-mail to find out more and reserve your box.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Visitors are welcome to take photos, however please be advised that flash is not permitted for the welfare of our animals.

For video or audio please discuss with the education team at the time of booking.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We conduct our own risk assessments and provide guidance for teachers visiting us, further information can be found on our website at

This is also where you can view guidance issued by the Department for Education in regards to health and safety on school trips.

Does your venue have an education officer?
There is a Bookings officer as part of the team that is pleased to assist in booking your visit or answering any questions, who can be contacted by phone on 01482 381000 (option 3) or email

What is the cost of the visit?

Prices start from just £6 per pupil*, please see our Bookings and Information section for further information.

*during off-peak times. A visit during peak times (May, June, July) is priced at £7 per pupil, adult rates and free adult ratios remain the same.  

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
No specific clothing is required, however there are some restrictions on the use of reflective vests.
Recent research has shown that the reflective strips on fluorescent vests can change the way in which our animals behave. In order to avoid any potential problems we would like you to assist us by either:
Removing reflective vests when in the attraction, OR
Turning reflective vests inside out whilst in the attraction

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
The Deep have first aid staff stationed around the building so it is not a requirement that groups bring a qualified first aider.

Please list facilities available.
In addition to facilities previously mentioned for school visits, these include:

• There are indoor and outdoor picnic areas available on a first come, first served basis
• Our third floor café serves a variety of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks
• There is a gift shop on the ground floor offering a wide selection of items from 50p upwards. Goody bags are available to pre-purchase from £3 per child.

What are your disabled facilities?
The Deep prides itself on being an accessible attraction for all.

Our qualified Learning Centre staff are available to discuss the most appropriate learning sessions for special needs groups. It is possible, with sufficient notice, to modify most learning sessions to meet individual requirements.

A social story is available to download from for those who may require a little extra preparation for their visit. Hard copies of these are also available from our front desk.

We have a range of facilities that include:

• Mobility aids, audio guides and braille guides are available for hire free of charge from the front desk
• There is a first aid room positioned on the ground floor should this be required.
• Toilet facilities (including accessible toilets) are stationed on every floor.

You can find out more about accessibility at The Deep on the ‘Access for All’ section of our website.

What are your opening days and hours?
The Deep is open every day from 10am – 6pm (last entry at 5pm) excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
We have a teacher review facility on our website that can be found here

This is a forum for those who have visited The Deep to leave their feedback and give their visit a star rating. This is a fantastic way for teachers to find out what their colleagues think of a school visit to The Deep. You can access the teacher’s forum at

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Sleep next to the sharks!

Does your primary school have a sense of adventure? Then come and join us for a fun-filled night of activities for your key stage, a guided tour of the aquarium and the chance to sleep inches away from the sharks.

Sleepovers are perfect for uniformed groups. Places cost £23 per child for a minimum of 60 children Sunday to Thursday (100 children Friday and Saturday).

To find out more or make a booking, please contact our Bookings officer by phone on 01482 381000 (option 3) or email


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Museums Sea life SEN Themed Attractions Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Citizenship English Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Science STEM

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December