West Hull is quirky and distinctive. Every direction you take offers something new. Head north and encounter the University of Hull, where arts and culture trickles down, and further north still, the stunning village of Cottingham. The Humber Suspension Bridge is just south, connecting you to the East Midlands, and to the east, you have all the benefits of Hull’s city centre, with its attractions and train station, and easy access to the A63.
The streets are loved by residents here, with Hessle Road, Princes and Newland Avenue crammed with the best restaurants, bars, and independent cafés, not forgetting Pickering and Pearson parks. The Costello Stadium is home to West Hull’s athletics track, and there are several outstanding state primary schools. The west side of Hull is very much an enviable and desirable location in which to settle.
History of West Hull
The Avenues, up until the 1200s, was comprised of grassland that was regularly flooded by seawater and later used for agriculture. In 1874, shipowner David Parkinson Garbutt transformed 2,230 acres of land and developed it into a housing estate, and the iconic Princes Avenue was born.
The Sculcoates area of West Hull thrived in the 18th century when industries were established next to the river. Records show a windmill in 1558, evidence of brickmaking and a brewery. By 1740 a new sugar-refining industry came about, and a sugarhouse was built near the river. Until the 18th century, shipbuilding and weaving was a prominent part of everyday life. The iconic Pickering Park of West Hull opened in 1911 with spectacular iron gates marking its entrance. During the war, the gates were considered too important to use as scrap metal in the war effort, and today, the gates have a shield and a lion sculpted upon them.
Property Types in West Hull
The Anlaby Park suburb has a range of properties. From cul-de-sacs of three bedroom semis on Anlaby Park Road South to Anlaby Park Road North with its traditional 2 bedroom semi-detached homes with generous lounges and bay windows. There are 2 bedroom cottages on Anlaby Avenue for first-time buyers or downsizers and 4 bedroom bungalows on Anlaby road. Close to local amenities, there are 3 bedroom terraces for investors and first-time buyers on Hessle Road and Boothferry Road, overlooking Peter Pan Park.
Some of the most desirable areas of West Hull include Newland Park with its stand-alone 4 bedroom detached homes, and of course, The Avenues, with its Victorian housing and tree-lined streets in the northwest. Victoria Avenue has 4 bedroom semi-detached homes with original features and 4 bedroom terraced period properties, three floors high. The popular Avenues area is close to highly regarded schools, local amenities, supermarkets, restaurants, and cafés.
Brand new homes have been built on Bishop Alcock Road to accommodate modern living for families.
Schools and Colleges in West Hull
West Hull has some outstanding primary schools that score above average in reading, writing and maths performance. There is a range of independent local primary and secondary schools from Hessle Mount School for early years or Hymers College from year four to sixth form, and a few miles north, you have the University of Hull.
Nursery and Pre-Schools
- Anlaby Park Methodist Pre-School - Outstanding
- Playmates Pre-school - Outstanding
- Tiptoes Day Nursery - Outstanding
- Teeny Tots Day Nursery - Good
- Kiddie Castle Children’s Day Nursery - Good
- Eastfield Primary School - Outstanding
- Thoresby Primary School - Outstanding
- Bridgeview Special School - Outstanding
- Christopher Pickering Primary School - Good
- Ainthorpe Primary School - Good
- Ganton School - Outstanding
- Sirius Academy West - Requires Improvement
- Hessle Mount School
- Hymers College
- Froebel House School
Local Colleges and Universities
- Wyke Sixth Form College
- East Riding College
- University of Hull
Things to do in West Hull
Rockcity Climbing is a complex that offers climbing facilities as well as a skateboarding and BMX arena. The climbing walls reach 4.5 metres with plenty of padded mats beneath and hand holes to get you to the top of the wall.
Founded by local Hull businessman Christopher Pickering in 1911, Pickering Park is home to a fishing lake and pond with ducks and swans, an outdoor gym, and a paddling pool for the warmer months. The play equipment has recently been refurbished with swings, seesaws, and roundabouts.
The Lost City Adventure Park
A couple of miles away, in St Stephen’s shopping centre, you will discover The Lost City Adventure Golf indoor 18-hole adventure golf courses. Nestled between each course is a Tiki Bar for a bite to eat or a cheeky cocktail or two!
Pearson Park still retains many of its historic, Grade II listed structures from the Victorian era in which it was created. There are stunning fountains, bird ponds, and a conservatory greenhouse to reflect and get lost in your surroundings.
The largest venue in Hull, the MKM Stadium, is the home of Hull City Football Club and hosts musical performances from top-class acts. Capacity is more than 25,000, and the stadium doubles up as an exhibition and conference space.
Teamsport Go Karting Hull
Teamsport Go Karting is a new 400-metre track and multi-level circuit where you can easily reach speeds of 40mph. This National Karting Association approved centre is one of its kind in the East Riding of Yorkshire and is all-weather purposed and fully floodlighted.
One Stop Golf
One Stop has three thrilling activities to choose from, the first being Pirate Adventure Golf. Kids will love the pirate-themed objects on each hole. There is also a Footgolf Course. The aim is to kick the ball into a hole with the least number of kicks. One Stop Golf is also proud to be the first Toptracer Range in Yorkshire which means it has the latest technology that helps you keep track of your progress and accurately assess your golfing shots.
Big Fun is open seven days a week with daytime play sessions and a play centre with slides, ropes, swings, and trampolines. There are separate areas for under 5s and under 2s to have a safe playtime experience. The indoor Go Karts are well worth a lap or two.
The beach here has the famous Humberston Fitties sand dunes, with splendid views of the two Humber Forts, first planted during the great war to protect the sea entrance to the Humber estuary. The area adjoining the beach is a public walkway and footpath that runs the entire stretch of beach.
South Bay Beach
Northern rail from Hull train station has a service to Scarborough, and it is here you’ll discover South Bay Beach and its white sands. The beach is popular with families, and there is an outer harbour with boat trips available along its coast. The grand Victorian building, The Scarborough Spa, is at the south end of the beach and holds entertainment shows, including the Spa Orchestra, during the summer.
Danes Dyke Beach
An hour’s drive along the A165 will take you to Bridlington and Danes Dyke Beach. The beach is made up of stones and is a haven for fossil hunters. Horses are available for local hire along the bridle path. There is a 30-minute walk along a coastal path to the nearby village of Sewerby. At Sewerby, you can visit the Bondville Model Village and its 200 miniature buildings, which took two years to build.
Shopping and Leisure in West Hull
On Henry Boot Way, there is a large ALDI store, Heron Foods, and a Nisa convenience store. Take a trip down Newland Avenue for Sainsbury’s local, Tesco Express, and the KRAKOW and Indian and Continental Foods for some diverse ingredients. Newland Avenue can also offer you The Clothes Factor, for a great selection of clothing for men and women, Zebra, a gift shop selling essential oils, jewellery and fabric, and there’s also a John Hargreaves furniture shop. On Hessle Road is Just You & Me accessories shop. The Rose Blossom Boutique on Bothferry Road is a ladies clothing shop.
Delicious takeaway options are available from La Lup Roma on Hull Road with pizzas, wraps, and more. Next door, you have the Dawaat Indian Restaurant & Takeaway with contemporary decor and Bengali seafood dishes. A&M Fisheries has your fish & chip takeaway sorted with excellent service and is a popular favourite with locals. For piping hot delicious burgers, Gourmet Burgers is the best of its kind. On Chanterlands Avenue, visit the Cognac French Restaurant and Piccolo Italian Bistro, which have rave reviews. Princes and Newland Avenue have too many restaurants to mention, including Luxe Restaurant with top-notch food from a first-class chef, El Toro for Spanish cuisine, The Greek Restaurant for an abundance of delicious food, and Gusto da Gianni, a charming, rustic Italian, to name a few!
Pubs and Bars
There are plenty of pubs and bars to suit your needs in West Hull, like The New Empress on Hessle Road, a two-roomed pub with a dance studio above, and a big tv and pool table. The Drum & Cymbals is a modern pub with entertainment and sing-a-longs, and the Anlaby Park Pub has a garden picnic area and has undergone a modern makeover under new management. On Willerby Road, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better selection of cask ales, and Manor Pub is great for a party, a get-together, or an unwind with a new takeaway service available, too. Princes Avenue has 80 Days Bier Haus bar with a cosy, relaxed atmosphere and promises a good time, and The Bowery pub has a dreamy drinks menu with cask ales, premium spirits, and pink gin to take your fancy.
Cinema and Theatre
There are plenty of options for entertainment in film and performing arts only a few miles away from West Hull. Take your pick of cinemas from the Vue Cinema on Princes Dock Street, the ODEON Luxe at Kingston Retail Park, and at St Stephen’s Shopping centre, the Reel Cinema. There are many theatres, including Middleton Hall, a 406-seater auditorium with theatre productions and shows. The Hull Truck Theatre has a unique northern voice and regular productions, and Hull New Theatre features opera, musicals, ballet, children’s shows, drama, and one-night-only performances.
Gym and Health
The Costello Stadium on Anlaby Park Road is home to Hull’s outdoor tennis courts available all year round, an 8-laned floodlit athletics track, and an indoor sports hall. On National Avenue, Active+ is located at the heart of West Hull with four outdoor sports pitches and an indoor hard-court pitch. There is a weekly 5k park run at Peter Pan Park, and at Spring Bank, there are Pole 4 Fitness and Aim High Dance fitness classes. Popular gyms nearby include Coolhands Fit24 Central, open 24 hours and equipped with cardio, weights, and boxing facilities. At Fit24, there is plenty of equipment and fitness classes to join.
West Hull has an unlimited array of golf clubs nearby. Springhead Park is great whether you are a low or high handicapper as its 18-hole course will test and challenge. The Hull Gold Club is a fine, highly respected course with a long history of hosting professional tournaments and has a gorgeous Georgian clubhouse. Cottingham Park has a picturesque 200-acre setting to test and trial golfers of all levels. Hessle Golf Club has excellent facilities in a secluded location and is perfect for a peaceful golfing session to unwind.
A couple of miles away lies the Rebound Trampoline Park for bouncy fun! There are many local clubs to join, like Tranby Social and Snooker Club for darts, snooker tables and a bar. At Chanterlands Avenue, there are cricket, tennis, and badminton clubs to join as a way of keeping fit and socialising. The aviary at Pickering Park has a display of exotic birds and mammals from across the continent.
With excellent transport links and two local train stations that can take you to nearby villages, towns, and cities as far as London, West Hull has excellent travel connections. The local buses can take you around every part of Hull and north to Beverley and onto York. Plus, the A63 is easily accessed and is your gateway to major northern cities.
In the nearby town of Hessle is the Hessle Train Station with a northern rail service to Doncaster town and York. The Hull Paragon Interchange offers many more stops, including Beverley village, Scarborough resort town, and Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, and London.
The A63 is instantly accessible and goes west to Leeds, where you can then access the M62 for easy access into Manchester and Liverpool. The A164 north to Bridlington is also easily accessed. The A1079 is a few miles north and goes directly to York.
Crossing the Humber Bridge, you’ll find yourself at Humberside Airport in no time. In under an hour, you can be at the Doncaster Sheffield Airport via the M62, and via the M62, is Leeds Bradford Airport.
Just south of West Hull is the option for single and return P&O ferries to and from Holland.
On Hessle Road, you can catch the 57 bus to the nearby village of Bilton and Hessle, the 82 to Sutton Ings in the east part of Hull by East Park, and the number 1 bus which goes to Hull train station. From The Avenues, you have the 3 bus to Bilton Grange near Holderness Road, and the X47 EastRider north to Beverley village and onto York Railway Station.
5 quirky facts!
- Pickering Park was founded by Christopher Pickering in 1911, who made his fortune in the Hull fish trade.
- Costello Stadium was originally called the Butlin Track after Billy Butlin, founder of Butlins, funded the construction.
- The Pickering Road Community Orchard has 350 fruit trees, including apple, pear, and plum.
- Graffiti murals around Wincolmlee were inspired by street artist Banksy, who left his trademark art on the disused Scott Street Bridge.
- Dragon Park got its name after a competition was held for local school children to choose its title.