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Down by the river in Barton-upon-Humber

Situated on the south bank of the Humber estuary, this small north Lincolnshire market town was once the most important port on the river.

The mighty Humber Bridge - at one time the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world - connects Barton with East Yorkshire on the north bank. Explore the local habitat in the shadow of the bridge at Waters' Edge Country Park and Far Ings nature reserve.

Celebrate the arts at The Ropewalk

This Grade II-listed arts centre is a lovely place to spend time down by the water's edge. It has galleries, artists' studios, a sculpture garden and coffee shop.

The Ropery Hall hosts live music, theatre and cinema, while the Ropewalk Museum charts the history of Barton's rope-making factory, which opened in 1767 and supplied UK and US naval fleets during the two world wars. Photos and artefacts show what life was like for the workers and their families.

Drive across the Humber Bridge to Hull

A 20-minute car journey across the bridge takes you to Hull, 2017's UK City of Culture. Thanks to a programme of investment, the city is unrecognisable from a decade ago, and has fantastic attractions such as the Deep and the free Streetlife Museum to explore. If you're visiting at night, see a show at the revamped Hull New Theatre or go for a pint in the Old Town.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Barton-upon-Humber? Travelodge Hull Central Hotel is around six miles from the town, across the Humber Bridge. You could also try Travelodge Hull South Cave Hotel.