Larkin Trail funders,
partners and supporters

Philip Larkin Society


Larkin With Toads


Human Design

United Creatives


Faber Finds
Bringing great writing back into print

Society of Authors

Arts Council England

Hull City Council

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire

Welcome To Yorkshire

Hull Civic Society

Hull and East Yorkshire
Hospitality Association

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Hull Tours


University of Hull

Geography Department
Staff at the Department of Geography at the University of Hull provided invaluable assistance in developing the Larkin Trail, from the provision of archive images, to help in geocoding all of the Trail sites, to advising on the text for the website.

Artists and Arts Organisations

Work from the following artists, arts projects and organisations is featured on The Larkin Trail.

All Night North
Songs to words by Philip Larkin.

Man Made Noise
Man-made Noise is the creative vehicle of Terence James Dunn.

Beverley Folk Festival
Annual music and arts festival.

Proper Records
Creators of the Larkin’s Jazz compilation.

Martin Jennings
Sculptor of the Larkin statue at Hull’s Paragon Interchange.

Ensemble 52
Theatre company – produced Dr David Pattison’s Something Hidden, inspired by Larkin’s life and loves, for Larkin25.

Hull’s newest arts venue played host to many Larkin25 events in 2010.

Classlane Media

Created the acclaimed short based on Larkin’s Here, narrated by Sir Tom Courtenay.

Hull Truck Theatre
Former Artistic Director John Godber commissioned Alan Plater to write a play about Larkin, Sweet Sorrow, revived for Larkin25.  The theatre hosted a season of performance as part of Larkin25, including Dr David Pattison’s new play based on the life of Larkin’s publisher, Dr Jean Hartley, Wrong Beginnings.

Martin Waters
Spurn Point’s first artist in residence

Five Leaves Press
Publishers of Old City: New Rumours, an anthology of work by poets who have lived or worked in Hull, a city described by Philip Larkin as having ‘a different resonance.’

 Larkin Trail Sites

Places to visit, or to stop and rest, along the Larkin Trail.  Please also see the Trail Guide section for help in planning your visit.

Royal Hotel
The first site on the Larkin Trail.

Ye Olde Black Boy 
Site 10 on the Trail, the pub dates back to 1729

Hull History Centre
Hull History Centre offers a wonderful opportunity to discover more about Larkin’s life, as well as other poets with a Hull connection, and about the rich heritage of the city in which they lived.

Pearson Park Hotel
Hotel overlooking the tranquil location of Pearson Park (location 14 on the Larkin Trail).

Larkin’s Bar
A recently opened bar with a toad as its logo, not far from site 16 on Newland Avenue.

University of Hull
Art Collection
The Hull University Art Collection features 'Art in Britain from 1890 to 1940' by UK and international artists.

University of Hull
Philip Larkin Centre

The Philip Larkin Centre attracts some of the very best writers to platform appearances in Hull – to excite readers, and make sure some of the very best writing keeps coming out of Hull.

St Mary the Virgin Church, Cottingham
Larkin’s funeral took place at St Mary’s Church

Beverley Arms
Site 23 on the Larkin Trail

Beverley Racecourse
Mile and a half circuit located on the historic Westwood. Hull Band The Neat’s Larkin Toad is on permanent display at the Racecourse.

Blacktoft Sands

Spectacular Wildlife at the start of the Humber Estuary

Spurn Point
A unique coastal reserve with a long sandy spit stretching three and half miles into the Humber Estuary from the Holderness Coast.