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Discover Larkin

Follow in the footsteps of Philip Arthur Larkin, the famed English poet.


Explore the Larkin Trail in Hull City Centre. This self-guided trail allows visitors to follow in Larkin’s footsteps to see the diverse landscapes and rich architecture of Hull. Starting at The Royal Hotel, and takes in sites across the city. Discover the pubs where Larkin indulged his passion for jazz, and explore the literary and architectural history of this ‘isolate city spread along the water ‘.


With an abundance of pubs and independent restaurant on Hull’s historic High Street there's little wonder that Larkin found himself visiting many of the pubs hidden in the labyrinth of cobbled streets, alleyways and staithes that make up the Old Town.

Larkin’s favourite pub in the Old Town is noted as being Olde Black Boy where that he gave a talk on clarinettist Pee Wee Russell and played a selection of his records to the Hull Jazz Record Society.

Another of the Old Town pubs favoured by Larkin was The White Hart, where in 1977, that Larkin gave an informative and amusing talk to the Jazz Record Society entitled ‘My Life and Death as a Record Reviewer’.


Continue with the Larkin Trail and explore the wider city.

This section of the journey visits places that were at the heart of Larkin’s life in Hull. From the ‘lucent comb’ of Hull Royal Infirmary, where he stayed as an in-patient, the trail guides you on up to the old General Cemetery of which he was so fond, then to Pearson Park, where Larkin lived in an attic flat for 18 years. Entering the long, leafy boulevards of ‘The Avenues,’ the trail pauses for reflection at the place where he went ‘to the inevitable’ and died.