The west and north west of Hull are culturally rich with streets that hum with animation. They are a part of Hull that is unlike anywhere else. Home to Philip Larkin, it’s not difficult to see where the poet got his artistic inspiration from, with the likes of Pearson Park still maintaining its Victorian features and curvaceous lake amongst trees that take on each season.
Hull city centre is a brief trip down south, and there’s Cottingham Train Station, a short trip west. The University of Hull brings vibrancy and youth, with Princes Avenue being a prime spot for clubs and pubs and certified best restaurants in the UK. The Avenues has kept its look since the 1870s with its period properties standing alongside tree-lined boulevards, and there exists a range of diverse properties ready to introduce new residents to the wonders of Newland and The Avenues.
History of Newland and The Avenues
The Gentleman’s Magazine, in the 1700s, commented on Newland as having ‘exceedingly rich pasture ground, producing plenty of milk and butter’ as well as being a ‘neat little Hamlet’. Hull merchants flocked to Newland in the 19th century, which brought large houses, such as Etherington House, a former farmhouse turned Georgian manor house. In Raglan Street, crowds gathered to celebrate the end of the Second World War and the university expanded in red brick to include Middleton Hall, now known as The Larking Building.
In the 1870s, The Avenues was developed by architects, solicitors and ship owners, and the estate was officially opened in 1875. The Avenues was designed with ornate fountains in the middle of each road, and now only the fountains of Park and Westbourne Avenue remain as more traffic began to dominate the landscape. Hull had drinking fountains even before London to encourage people to drink water instead of beer. Today, you can spot green plaques above the front doors of houses in The Avenues that commemorate famous people from Hull, including Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1903.
Property Types in Newland and The Avenues
In the Newland area, most houses sold are semi-detached properties which suit many types of people. In The Avenues, the most commonly sold properties are terraced, ideal for students studying at the local university, first-time buyers, and families. Beverley Road, which links to the city centre, has plenty of apartments for potential investors, 4 bedroom semi-detached period properties, and 3 bedroom detached bungalows. Wheelhouse Court on Beverley Road is a new housing development of contemporary properties with open plan living spaces.
The overall layout of The Avenues has remained the same since the 1870s, with its tree-lined boulevards and Victorian, Edwardian, and Interwar terraces. Now too there are modern built flats, and townhouses. There are stunning detached properties in Newland Park, considered one of the most luxurious parts of Hull, with its trees lined up in a figure of eight. Salisbury Street has 4 bedroomed terraced and end of terrace homes close to well-renowned schools. Princes Avenue, opposite Pearson Park, with its pubs, bars, and shops, has apartments to appeal to young professionals, and Ella Street has some impressive period properties of 2 and 3 bedroom terraces. Bishop Alcock has a new housing development for first-time buyers and professionals of detached and semi-detached homes with generous gardens.
Schools and Colleges in Newland and The Avenues
Not only does the area boast two primary schools rated as outstanding by Ofsted, but two co-educational secondary schools, too. St Mary’s College was granted World Class School status in 2017, and Kelvin Hall School converted to academy status in 2016. The University of Hull, which has research expertise in maritime history and nanotechnology, has its campus here.
Nursery and Pre Schools
- Little Acorns Day Nursery - Outstanding
- St John’s Pre-School Nursery - Outstanding
- Sunflowers Day Nursery - Outstanding
- Tiptoes Day Nursery - Outstanding
- Penguin Day Care Nursery - Good
- Bricknell Primary School - Outstanding
- Thoresby Primary School - Outstanding
- Hall Road Academy - Good
- The Green Way Academy - Good
- Endike Academy - Good
- St Mary’s College Hull - Outstanding
- Kelvin Hall School - Outstanding
- Sirius Academy North - Good
- Newland School for Girls - Requires Improvement
- Froebel House School
- Hymers College
Local Universities and College
- Wyke 6th Form College
- Hull College
- Wilberforce College
- University Of Hull
Things to do in Newland and The Avenues
Less than a 10-minute drive from The Avenues is MKM Stadium, also known as the Hull City Stadium and hosts both football and rugby league matches. The stadium cost £44 million to make and opened in 2002 just as Hull City won their game against Sunderland, which marked the occasion well. Regular fans come every week to support their home team Hull City. The stadium has over 25,000 seating capacity and is the largest venue in Hull. It hosts world-famous artists like Bon Jovi, Sir Elton John, and Sir Rod Stewart.
Pearson Park was the first public park in Hull, established in the 1960s, and still includes its original Victorian features and Grade II listed structures around its serpentine lake. This historical park has a conservatory greenhouse, a pond with ducks and geese, fountains, and statues to see as you walk around and perhaps treat yourself to a 99 flake at Penne's Ices ice-cream shop. Opposite the lake is a great play area for children that will keep them occupied for hours. The great poet Larkin lived in a house overlooking this park, and it's said that the beauty inspired his poems.
The Hull Maritime Museum
Take an 11-minute trip down to Hull city centre, and you’ll find this quaint, unparalleled museum. First opened in 1871 and used originally as Hull’s Dock Offices, this Grade II listed building witnessed ships sailing past its windows and docks. Sometime later, in 1975, the building became a museum, and in 2017, when Hull was named City of Culture, the museum had a record number of visitors. There are two floors packed with many objects such as whaling harpoons, maritime vessels and paintings, and each object is expertly curated. It is a must-visit attraction to learn about the city’s vibrant historical past.
Oak Road Playing Fields
Alongside the River Hull is Oak Road Playing Fields. Here you’ll find 75 acres of land with a fishing pond, jogging route, sports pitches, skate park and playground. Popular with the residents here for its cleanliness and positive atmosphere, you’ll see dog walkers and cyclists making frequent trips here. In addition to the facilities available, there are many community clubs and activities held, too. The lake is a great place to enjoy a scenic picnic with ducks and swans that come out of the shelter of the embankment. There is a large playground with high swings for toddlers, climbing frames, a zip wire, and a water play area during the spring and summer months.
Ferens Art Gallery
A ten minute trip to The Ferens Art Gallery is where you can immerse yourself in the Hull art scene from paintings to sculptures, from the old masters to the contemporary and modern. The Annual Open Exhibition has celebrated local talent since 1967 where artists come to showcase their work. Guests can view different types of art from photography, textiles, ceramics, and sculptures, and can purchase one-off pieces. A recent exhibition dedicated to Monet had pieces recreated in his style and was a testament to Hull and its local art scene. Not only can you spend hours viewing the art here, but the building also houses a fantastic café with a great menu of tasty cuisine.
Top 3 Things to do With Kids in Newland and The Avenues
Off National Avenue Road is Big Fun, suitable for children of all age groups with play equipment based around slides, a ball pit, and an indoor assault course to keep you active while you have fun. The main play area has a steep drop slide if you’re brave enough, along with rope walkways and swings and trampolines. There is a separate area for the under fives and another area for the Under twos. If that wasn’t enough, there are electric Go-Karts to race around the track for an unforgettable day out.
One Stop Golf
Here you will experience pirate mini-golf for children aged five and over in a 9-hole challenging but fun game. It’s set in an environment that will spark the imagination, full of cannons, pirate flags and skeletons! One Stop Golf is also proud to be the first Toptracer Range in Yorkshire. The children can compete against each other with fun games and challenges and use the Toptracer software to accurately track their shots, taking driving range golf to another level.
Little Monkeys Hull
Next to One Stop Golf is Little Monkeys Hull, a local, family-friendly centre with sports, soft play, snooker, classes, and much more, great for any child wanting a place for fun, active play. One of Hull’s oldest play centres and designed for children under 12, Little Monkeys is run by friendly staff. The indoor soft play centre also comes with an additional Sensory Den for children with special needs. There are four outdoor pitches, a snooker hall with seven tables, and a significant attraction of the play area is its dark maze, piranha pool, and dangling snake walk!
Beaches Close to Newland and The Avenues
The Cottingham Bridlington train can take you to Bridlington coastal town and its harbour in under 40 minutes. Bridlington Harbour is a thriving part of local business for its residents, with fish caught and loaded from its water for the market. The harbour homes the Yorkshire Belle cruise boat, which sails to nearby sightseeing attractions such as the 72-year-old lighthouse with its cliff's edge view.
Fraisthorpe is the best beach near Bridlington, with vast open sands and a large field next door for parking at a reduced price. Dogs are allowed on the beach, and because of the ample space, you’ll notice kite-surfers and even horse riders. The Cow Shed Tea Shop at the beach has home-cooked food from locally sourced ingredients and is ideal for popping in after working up an appetite on the beach.
Shopping and Leisure in Newland and The Avenues
Everday supermarkets like Sainsbury’s, Co-op Food, Tesco Express, and a Tesco Superstore are situated on Hull Road. There are also some culturally diverse supermarkets such as Euro Fresh Local, Ninnsi Oriental, Indian and Continental food and Krakow, a Polish supermarket. At Clough Road Retail Park, GO Outdoors specialises in outdoor clothing, footwear and camping equipment, and there's also a Halfords, Currys, and a Smiths Toy Superstore. There are plenty of well-known charity shops. The area is brimming with independent, quirky shops on Newland Avenue, with Bed Boutique, a ladies clothing shop, Grain Wholefood health shop, Budget Books, Babes In The Wool, and iOccasion, a fancy dress shop that also sells suave suits.
Greenwood Avenue has delicious takeaway options with The Italian Job for pizza, and Big Bite and Fletchers Bakery for delicious sandwiches and cakes. There are several fish and chip shops for you to take your pick, including The Funky Fish, Batter and Fry, Kingfisher, and Blue Dolphin. Chowki Indian Restaurant has excellent reviews and Oriental Palace Chinese, with their dim sum menu, is beyond compare – as is Meze Bar and Grill Turkish restaurant for its huge portion sizes and great value. Newland Avenue’s Malai Thai Street Food has excellent vegan options, and Uno’s Trattoria Pizzeria has great choices from specials, lunch, and a main menu. Princes Avenue is positively overflowing with delicious food options with El Toro Spanish Restaurant with its regularly changing menus. Marrakech Avenue has a Moroccan feast extravaganza, not forgetting Rupert and Darwin for its delicious traditional roasts.
Pubs and Clubs
Head north and find The Ship Inn, a lovely country style pub, or to the Lord Nelson for themed nights, Sunday pub quizzes and bingo. The Haworth offers a great selection of craft beers and ciders that are regularly updated, and the Gardener’s Arms Hull is good for live sport and a cosy meal to lift your spirits. Newland Avenue has Larkin’s Bar, named after the poet, with a bare-brick aesthetic and hearty menu. Princes Avenue is a hotspot for bars and clubs, having Pearsons Bar, the dog-friendly 80 days Bier Haus and Pave and Garbuttes - two of its gastropubs. The nearby University of Hull has Asylum Hull for live music and Polar Bear Music Club for affordable drinks with comedy and music performances. Not forgetting The Piper Club, a buzzing student venue with cocktails and The People’s Republic Bar, with cracking tunes in this cosy venue.
Cinema and Theatre
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to which cinema you watch the latest blockbuster at. The Reel Cinema Hull and the Vue Cinema Hull are only a 15-minute car journey away, and The Cineworld Cinema Hull has a Tenpin Bowling Alley and amusement arcade next door to make a day of it. In Kingston Square, 15 minutes away, the Hull New Theatre has recently reopened after a 16 million pound refurbishment and puts on musicals, opera, drama, ballet and shows for children. Park Street Performing Arts Centre offers classes for all ages in dance, drama, singing, and musical theatre, with the venue hosting outside productions. Situated by the University of Hull is Middleton Hall, a spectacular 406-seater auditorium adapted to house theatre productions and The Gulbenkian Centre, the first completed building for teaching drama at a British university.
Gym and Health
There are many fitness options, from David Lloyd Hull with excellent facilities for all the family to more close-community fitness venues like Latus Training Gym with coaches to motivate and encourage your fitness journey. Beverley Road Baths has one of the few remaining Victorian pools in the country, with two fitness suites and aqua fitness classes. At the university, Allam Sports Centre has a 120 station gym, 12 courts, and four artificial pitches for a variety of fitness classes. On Princes Avenue, you will find Yoga in Hull: The Amiyoga Studio, for a workout for the body and mind, as well as a pilates studio next door called Pilates Avenue. The Spartans Academy of Krav Maga has transformative classes with exceptional teachers, and The Space Dance Studio teaches modern, ballet and tap.
On your doorstep is the Springhead Park Golf Club, founded in 1930, and an area of open land between Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The course is created with exciting challenges in mind to appeal and challenge the golfer, with tree-lined fairways on each hole. The club has produced many golfers that have represented East Riding. Just over 4 miles away is the Cottingham Parks Golf and Leisure Club, set in a natural landscape of 200 acres, with hand-built water features which offers an enjoyable challenge. On the east side of Hull, there is Sutton Park Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72 course, covering 2,310 yards of parkland.
The entertainment never stops with Hollywood Bowl Hull offering a fantastic venue full of fun, an on-site diner, and VIP lane options for the ultimate bowling experience. The Rebound Trampoline Park Hull is for children and adults to let loose and revel in the music, bright lights, and jump to their heart's content on an array of trampolines. There are also plenty of clubs to get stuck into and meet like-minded people, including Hull YPI Lawn Tennis Club, one of the largest in Europe, and Hull Badminton Club with its excellent facilities.
The local bus services take you on a tour of Hull and to Cottingham Train Station and the Hull Paragon Interchange in less than 30 minutes. The two local train services will take you to the seaside and to nearby cities like Manchester and London. The nearest airport is just under 1 hour by car, and there are easily accessible major A roads that connect onto motorways including the M62.
Ten minutes away, at the nearby village of Cottingham, is the Cottingham Train Station which has the Northern Rail service to coastal areas including Scarborough and Bridlington and to cities like Sheffield and York. The Hull Paragon Interchange is around 15 minutes away and can take you to Manchester Piccadilly and London Kings Cross.
The A1079 and A63 are instantly accessible and take you to Leeds and York, with the A63 linking onto the M62 motorway and Manchester and Liverpool. The M62 is also your route to Doncaster, and once in Doncaster, the M18 and M1 take you straight to London.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is the nearest international airport via the M62 in just over 1 hour. Leeds Bradford Airport is under 2 hours away via the M62.
Less than 30 minutes away is the P&O Ferry service from Hull to Rotterdam.
The 105 is a frequent bus that stops at the Hull Interchange, Hull University, and the nearby village of Cottingham, and the Cottingham Train Station. 5 Kingswood takes you to nearby North and northeast Hull, and the 4 North Hull Estate takes you on a tour of Hull from North to South. The X47 and X48 pass up through Beverley Road and on to York.
5 quirky facts!
- English poet Philip Larkin lived in Newland Park and worked at Brynmor Jones Library until he died in 1985.
- The University of Hull is England’s 14th oldest University, founded in 1927.
- Being the third-largest port in the UK, Hull was subjected to many raids in WW2, and Hull Northern Cemetery contains 279 war burials.
- The first trees planted in The Avenues and regularly placed were Horse Chestnut, Common Lime and Sycamore.
- Newland School for Girls was founded in 1907 to meet the growing demand for young women's education, and Maureen Lipman was a notable pupil.