Try the New White Rabbit City Trail

The history of Hull’s magical Whitefriargate and Old Town area is being celebrated with a new trail inspired by the White Rabbit from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Carroll’s family had a strong connection with Hull, with his mother being raised in the city. The trail will visit locations in the Old Town that are linked to the Carroll family and the work of Lewis Carroll.

The White Rabbit Trail is a fantastic way for families to explore the area and find out how one of the world’s most famous children’s authors, and his most famous book, are connected to Hull.

Lewis Carroll’s grandfather worked in the Old Town in various positions and his grandmother was buried at Hull Minster (formerly Holy Trinity Church)

The illustrator of Carroll’s first stories, John Tennial, a Victorian Artist, also worked on Whitefriargate as an illustrator for Hull News.

To celebrate the city’s connection with Carroll, local Primary Schools were asked to design a Hull-based interpretation of the White Rabbit character from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The winning entries will be displayed on the trail along with some quirky facts about Carroll and his family.
The White Rabbit Trail, which will run from Saturday 22 May until Tuesday 8 June, will also highlight other stories from the historic Old Town.

The project has been funded by Historic England as part of Hull’s High Street Heritage Action Zone and delivered in partnership with Hull Schools’ Library Service.

The Whitefriargate regeneration project includes a number of grant schemes and funding projects.

Whitefriargate has benefitted from £1m from the Humber LEP’s Humber High Street Challenge Fund and secured £1.75m from Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme.

With special thanks to:

Hull Schools’ Library Services

Ainthorpe Primary School

Alderman Cogan’s Church of England Primary Academy

Eastfield Primary School

Ings Primary School

Northcott School

Oldfleet Primary School

Thanet Primary School

Victoria Dock Primary School


Download the Trail Map here



You can win your own copy of Chris Riddell’s beautifully illustrated book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by designing your own Hull-based version of the White Rabbit character from Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s story. A sketch can be found here or you can draw your own. Please send your entries to us via the Visit Hull social media channels on twitter and facebook, or email including which age category you are entering (see below) and how we can contact you if you are one of our winners.
All entries must be submitted by midnight on 8th June 2021.
Entrants will be divided into age categories – Under 5 years old,  6-9 years old, 10 – 13 years old, 14 – 17 years old, 18+ years old.
Each winner will receive a copy of Chris Riddell’s book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
The prize is non transferable and there is not a cash alternative.
The judges’ decision will be final.