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Sometimes there's nothing better than strolling around a historic garden or beautiful park at the weekend with your family. We've rounded up our top five green spaces in the local area. With regular trains running daily from London King's Cross to the UK City of Culture, everyone can enjoy the amazing outdoor areas that East Yorkshire has to offer.

Queen's Gardens

If you don't want to leave the centre of the City of Culture during your visit, Queen's Gardens are a great choice.

Located in the middle of the city, the tranquil spaces offer a break from the hustle and bustle of the shops and attractions. Originally the space was Queens Dock, but in 1935 it was filled in and fashioned into public gardens. In the late 50s, the park was remodelled into what we see today.

Take a walk around the iconic Rose Bowl fountain and say hello to William Wilberforce as he towers over the scene.

Pearson Park

This Victorian urban park is just a short bus ride from Hull city centre. Pearson Park, originally known as the People's Park, offers a modern playground, conservatory greenhouse and a wildlife garden.

The space is so beautiful that it has inspired many creative thinkers over the years. From 1956 to 1974, acclaimed poet Philip Larkin lived in a house that overlooked Pearson Park; his work was heavily influenced by the view from his window, particularly the intriguing autumn scene.

Nowadays, families can enjoy a wide range of activities, including the exciting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature garden. Equipped with its own pond, hedgerow and woodland, as well as a wildflower meadow, it's a great place to spend an afternoon. 

Pickering Park

Founded in 1911 by merchant and ship owner Christopher Pickering, Pickering Park is a fantastic choice when it comes to green spaces.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by two magnificent iron gates featuring a shield and a lion. Walk through and explore 50 acres of land, including stunning ornamental gardens and a serene wildlife pond.

East Park

Hull's largest public park, East Park was opened in the same year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

Recently modernised thanks to a council-assisted lottery grant, the green space is ideal for a family day out. Take a stroll around the 130 acres and enjoy a ride on the Wicksteed splash boat. This rare water chute dates back to 1929 and still brings smiles to children's faces today.

Meanwhile, a trip to the animal education centre is a must, with its many creatures and critters. Afterwards, enjoy afternoon tea at the Pavilion Cafe.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Venture out a little further and you will discover the breathtaking grounds of Sewerby Hall. Along with acres upon acres of parkland, there's also the grand eighteenth-century house, and even a zoo to keep you occupied.

The landscaped gardens are a must-You can also meet real monkeys at the Sewerby Zoo.

After all that, put your feet up at The Clock Tower Cafe and browse the Stables Gift Shop.

For the cheapest fares, no booking fees, Nectar points and free 4G Wi-Fi, book your trip with Hull Trains today.

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