To follow in Larkin’s tracks is to take not only a literary journey, but also journeys through diverse landscapes and rich architecture and, seeing the city through a poet’s eyes, to gain a philosophical view of the place where Larkin lived and worked for three decades.
This diverse Trail takes you on a journey through Larkin’s Hull, which today remains very much ‘a working city, yet one neither clenched in the blackened grip of the industrial revolution nor hiding behind a cathedral to pretend it is York or Canterbury’.
The Larkin Trail consists of three parts- Larkin’s Here (City Centre) starts at Hull’s Paragon Interchange and takes in sites across the city, ending at the Hull History Centre. Larkin’s Here (Beyond the City Centre) enables visitors to explore the fringes of the city, particularly the University and Avenues area where Larkin spent much of his time. Larkin’s Elsewhere encourages an exploration of the wider countryside, celebrated in Larkin’s writing and captured in many of his photographs and letters. Maps, public transport and further visitor information can be found in the Trail Guide section of this website.
MAPS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE WELCOME INFORMATION CENTRE IN HULL PARAGON INTERCHANGE