Days out in Yorkshire: Wilberforce House, Hull

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If ever there was a great time to visit Hull, now would be it.

Because come 2017 when it becomes the UK City of Culture it’s fair to say there will be a lot of people finding out why it’s an awesome place to visit, so get in first.

But that freedom to choose wouldn’t exist for many was it not for the humanitarian work of William Wilberforce.

And his former home is a fitting setting for a museum.

It celebrates the hero of the abolitionist movement and the life of the man who successfully campaigned to have the slave trade banned in the British Empire.

The compact townhouse from the 1660s today holds the Wilberforce House museum that documents the history of the transatlantic slave trade as well as the life of the campaigner.

It’s gripping stuff – the gallery focusing on the life of Wilberforce is particularly interesting, containing original clothes and documents from the period.

As is the West African gallery that gives an insight into the lives and culture of the victims of slavery before they were captured and transported abroad.

A good tip is to check out the website beforehand and download the MP3 audio tour to help add another dimension to your visit.

If you want to travel forward in time and venture further after your visit, then the heart of Hull is on the doorstep and home to a marina, Yorkshire’s very own Premier League footy team in Hull City, The Deep submarium and of course several shopping centres.

It’s a modern to finish to a historic start.


Price: Free

Opening Times: 10am to 5pm (see website)

Address: 23 – 25 High Street, Hull

Car Parking: Nearest is Princes Quay (paid for)

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 01482 300 300

Sat Nav: HU1 1NQ

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