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The Victoria Dock Heritage Trail takes you on a journey trhough the past to learn of the dock's history from pre Doomsday times until the present day. It also identifies local nature sites, which provide the habitat for the several rare species of wildlife, which make this area their home.
The trail allows you to examine what little evidence remains of the bustling dock, whilst discovering the original reason for its existence, who built it, who worked there and the reasons for its eventual closure.
Each site holds a great story from Hull's past, from the individuals that shaped its history, to visiting royalty, through the dark days of disease and epidemic to the rise of local industry, which is still evident today.
The trail's route is comprised of 20 stops and takes around two hours to complete; however, it is designed in such a way that it is just as easy to complete the trail in two smaller sections as in one go. The trail does not require a tour guide, meaning there are no booking fees for time constraints. Each stop is clearly marked and with the help of a guide leaflet you can follow the trail at your own pace.
The Victoria Dock Heritage Trail is fun, educational and insightful, following the dock's existing pavements, making it safe and accessible to all ages. You can get a real sense of the history and geography in this pocket of the region; peeling away the layers that have formed over time to reveal the charm and significance of these key features.
The walk starts and finishes at The Winding House, an impressive local icon of the Industrail Age that appears the same as it did at the time of its construction in 1866. This wonderful building was known to some of the dock workers at The Purchase House and in time it is hoped that it can be fully restored, to be enjoyed by the local community. For now it still retains those unique and essential features that provide a reminder of its past significance.
The Heritage Trail Walk is free of charge and open to all. The route is peaceful, scenic and follows the safest possible pedestrian routes with great views of the River Humber and the Humber Bridge. Every point of interest is clearly marked with a descriptive plaque so that you are in no doubt as to your location on the trail or the significance of each site. Copies of the Guide Leaflet can be purchased from the shop at The Deep, the Spar on Victoria Dock, Hull Tourist Information Centre and good local bookshops.
Open all the time
The trail is completely free of charge and suitable for all ages so discover the dock for yourself, today!
- Grounds for outdoor activities
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted