We visited Fort Paull on Friday and I have to say how disappointed I was. We've visited the area many times as we have family in Hull, but never been to Fort Paull before so we were excited to try somewhere new and find out a bit more of the local history, especially as we'd been told it was very important during the second world war.
It cost £6 per adult to get in, free for our two year old. I don't mind paying more for a day out, but when we walked inside, we quickly realised that £6 is pretty pricey for what you get.
Everywhere was extremely dirty and run down. I know the place has restrictions on what it can and can't do due to it's listed status, however, I'm pretty sure that even listed buildings are allowed to be dusted and cleaned. The toilets were filthy and when I went to wash my hands I had to try 5 taps before water eventually came out of one of them.
Fortunately, we didn't venture into the cafe. Having seen the state of the rest of the place, we thought it was best for our health not to consume anything made of the premises.
My main issue was with the unsuitability of a lot of the exhibits. I was aware there was a section called 'The Witches' and so obviously didn't take my two year old into that. However, a large majority of the exhibits were unsuitable for young children, with no warnings, it wasn't until you'd already encountered them that this became clear. Models of people being hung, smashed under a fallen building, models of children in a burnt bedroom, heads on sticks with blood dripping down, a world war one firing squad are but a few. I'm not naive and I know there is a lot of history that contains gruesome things, however, there is a way of making this information available, without it being totally tasteless and grotesque.
It's saving grace was the large aeroplane that you could actually go inside. It was great to be able to get on the plane and look around inside. But £6 just for this pleasure? No thank you.
My recommendation would be for the place to get their marigolds on and give this place a jolly good scrub, clean it up and re-think their exhibits. We were fascinated by what each of the underground rooms would have been used for in the war, but this information was lacking, most of it seemed to just be general information, not specifically about Fort Paull which was a real shame.
All in all, don't bother going, save your money and go visit the Deep or go into nearby Beverley or York and have a nice afternoon tea!
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