The Deep's elevator named in world's top 10 lifts with Empire State Building and Eiffel Tower
ONE of Hull's top tourist attractions has been given a lift after its underwater elevator was voted as one of the world's best.
USA Today magazine put The Deep alongside the likes of the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.
The online article featured the most dramatic lifts across the world.
It was published to commemorate the birth of Elisha Otis, the creator of the safety elevator in 1852.
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He perfected a safety brake that prevented an elevator from falling even if its rope broke, changing not only building designs but also tourism as a whole.
The Deep is no stranger to receiving accolades but featuring on the list helps boost its global appeal.
Chief executive Colin Brown said: "For The Deep to be named in a list alongside the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and Christ the Redeemer in Rio is absolutely fantastic for us and the city of Hull.
"Our glass lift is one of our most well-known and loved features and it's great to be gaining recognition like this.
"Not only do our visitors get to ride through the 10m Endless Oceans tank, which is home to some of our biggest species, they also get a snapshot of behind the scenes."
Visitors to The Deep believe the lift is one of the highlights.
Margaret Clark, of Barton, said: "I've been swimming underwater abroad and I've never experienced anything like that before. It's just amazing."
Her grandson, Thomas Dixon, 12, of Goxhill, was exhilarated by the lift.
He said: "It was well worth the wait. It was really cool and almost a bit scary – I felt like I could just reach out and touch the fish.
"I've not been in anything like that before."
Melissa Peach, 5, came with her two-year-old sister Chloe and her grandparents Michael and Carolyn Kenning.
Melissa said: "I loved going up in the lift.
"I liked the stingray and being really up close to the sharks."
Her grandad Michael, 46, said: "It's a great experience in there and the kids have loved it."
Paul and Amy Houghton, from Nottinghamshire, took their one-year-old son Rory as a birthday treat.
Amy said: "Rory was quite taken with it while we were going up.
"You could tell he was enjoying the experience."
Stewart Walker, 48, of Cumbria, visited The Deep for a second time with his daughter Kayleigh, 23.
He said: "We came here a couple of years ago and really loved it.
"It's a great feeling in the lift because you feel like you're in there and underwater."