Follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce

Hull, East Yorkshire

The Wilberforce Trail explores the politician’s fascinating past, from his early life and politics to his passionate campaign against the slave trade.

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The Wilberforce Trail is a walking route through the ports and cobbled streets of Hull’s Old Town, taking in places associated with the life of the city’s most famous Member of Parliament, the politician and anti-slave trade campaigner William Wilberforce.

Wilberforce was born in Hull in 1759 – at a time when the city was northeast England’s leading port – and made his name as a powerful advocate for the abolition of slavery. Ceramic markers guide you from the grand Georgian house where he was born to the Wilberforce Monument overlooking Queen's Gardens.

Don’t miss the fascinating exhibition about Wilberforce’s battle against the slave trade in Wilberforce House, as well as the hands-on History Museum, offering a unique glimpse into life in Victorian Hull.

Hull sits on the estuary of the River Humber in the northeast of England. It is 2 hours 30 minutes from London by train.

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