Wilberforce House

Please note that on the 28 May and 29 May 2019 that the West African Galleries in Wilberforce House Museum will be closed for essential maintenance 

Wilberforce House is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, famous campaigner against the slave trade. Admission to Wilberforce House is free. The museum tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. Galleries also offer a fascinating glimpse into West African culture.

The permanent displays at Wilberforce House include journals and items that belonged to William Wilberforce, including original costume. There are many significant items linked to slavery and the campaign to abolish it.

How to find Wilberforce House

Wilberforce House is in the Museums Quarter on High Street in Hull’s Old Town. It is near the Streetlife and Hull and East Riding Museums, next to the River Hull.


Wilberforce House
23-25 High Street

General Enquiries - 01482 300300
School and Group Booking – 01482 318733

Opening hours
Monday 10am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 10am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4.30pm
Thursday 10am - 4.30pm
Friday 10am - 4.30pm
Saturday 10am - 4.30pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Last admission - 30 minutes before closing

We are open bank holidays (excluding Good Friday) and closed 24 to 28 December inclusive, and 1 January.

Public transport

Hull bus and train station (Paragon Interchange) is a 15 to 20 minute walk away. The nearest bus stop is Myton Bridge on Alfred Gelder Street. 


On street pay and display parking is available just outside the Museums Quarter entrance. Alternatively, short stay pay and display parking is available at Lowgate car park on Wilberforce Drive, just a five minute walk away.

There is on street blue badge parking available on Gandhi Way (formerly George Yard) and Alfred Gelder Street (opposite the White Hart pub).

Cycle parking is available outside the Streetlife Museum in the Museums Quarter.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair access to Wilberforce House is via the main entrance. The ground floor and majority of the first floor are fully accessible. Three galleries on the first floor are not accessible via the lift. In addition a number of thresholds are too narrow for larger electric wheelchairs.

Hearing and visually impaired patrons

Audio tours can be downloaded prior to your visit.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome, no need to book - just turn up.


Limited disabled parking available please ask at Wilberforce House reception or telephone 01482 616657 in advance of your visit to discuss your requirements.  Alternatively two on street blue badge only parking bays are available on Ghandi Way approximately 70m from the Museums Quarter entrance