Diocese of York

HRH The Prince of Wales to visit Hull Holy Trinity

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is to visit Holy Trinity Church next month as part of a series of engagements in Hull.

The Prince of Wales will meet the clergy, church staff, volunteers and members of the congregation when he visits the magnificent 700-year-old church on Wednesday, February 8. The visit recognises the good work Holy Trinity does within the local community.

The Vicar of Holy Trinity, the Reverend Canon Dr Neal Barnes, said: “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to Holy Trinity next month.

“It’s such an exciting time for us at the moment, with our development project progressing so well, the recent completion of the public realm works in Trinity Square and arrangements being made for a very special service to re-dedicate Holy Trinity as a Minster in May.

“It will be an honour to be able to show His Royal Highness the good work the team has been doing in the community and tell him about our plans for the future during a landmark year for Holy Trinity and Hull.”

As Hull’s civic church, Holy Trinity plays a central role in the life of the city and has a congregation that has nearly tripled in five years. The clergy and staff support the community through pastoral care and outreach programmes, especially among the vulnerable, socially isolated and disabled members of the community.

The team at Holy Trinity ensures the church is a vibrant, lively and motivated place to work and worship, full of nurturing and joyful people whose desire is to see growth, engagement and community prosperity.

The royal visit comes just three months before Holy Trinity is due to be re-dedicated as Hull Minster by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, on May 13, in recognition of the church’s inspiring regeneration, physically and spiritually.

The status of Minster is an honorific title bestowed on major churches of regional significance in the Church of England, to reflect their importance and contribution to the local communities they serve. It means that the status of Holy Trinity, which is England’s largest parish church, will be elevated 725 years after it was founded in 1292.


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Notes to Editors


There will be a Royal Rota in operation that will cover the visit by HRH. Please make contact through the usual channels if you wish to be accredited or contact Amanda Foster from the communications team at Clarence House amanda.foster@royal.gsx.gov.uk

Holy Trinity

  • Holy Trinity, Hull’s finest grade one listed building, is a unique and iconic place – a magnificent, vibrant place of worship offering a welcoming Christian presence in the heart of Hull’s Old Town.

  • It is England’s largest parish church, the oldest brick-built building in the country still used for its original purpose, and Hull’s civic church. With its beautiful architecture and vast grandeur, Holy Trinity’s impact is jaw-dropping – it is an amazing place for all to use, enjoy