Wilberforce House

The Wilberforce House Museum is currently closed due to work taking place to install a new heating system. We hope to reopen as soon as possible.

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.

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How to find us

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 – 20 minute walk away. The nearest bus stop is Myton Bridge on Alfred Gelder Street.


  • There is on street blue badge parking on Gandhi Way (formerly George Yard) approximately 50m away from the entrance to the museums and Alfred Gelder Street (opposite the White Hart pub).
  • Short stay pay and display parking is available at Lowgate car park on Wilberforce Drive, just a five minute walk away.
  • We have limited mini bus parking available. Please telephone 01482 616 657 to book and discuss your requirements. You can also email us at museums@hcandl.co.uk

Roads and Paths

  • The entrance to Wilberforce House Museum is level access.
  • High Street has dropped kerbs at the Museums Quarter entrances.


While you are here

Assistance Dogs

  • Assistance dogs are welcome.

Moving Around

  • The Wilberforce House building is largely wheelchair accessible. 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 upstairs are too narrow for larger electric wheelchairs.
  • Some areas of the museum can be quite dark; upstairs some of the rooms have dark wood walls and the middle passage part of the slavery galleries is quite dark.  


  • There is a set of toilets (including a combined accessible toilet/baby changing facility) through the main entrance opening on to the gardens.
  • The nearest Changing Places toilet is on the ground floor of the Guildhall. Please ask at the reception for directions.


  • We have a manual wheelchair available to borrow.