Less than three miles west of York, the large suburb of Acomb has a wide range of properties, from terraces to period manors, which attracts families and city professionals. With a number of pubs, amenities, shops and facilities as well as great transport links, it is a popular area.
THINGS TO DO
Acomb green is in the middle of the suburb, there is the West Bank Park, nature reserve of Acomb Wood teeming with wildlife and the expansive Hob Moor, which is popular with dog walkers and perfect for summer days. Here you are also near York Racecourse at Knavesmore, there is a football club, rugby league club and a sports and social club that is home to the local crick and hockey club. There is also a £6.5 million swimming facility on Cornlands Road.
EATING & DRINKING
There are a number of pubs in the area including: The Red Lion, The Sun Inn, The Marcia Grey, Inn on the Green, The King William and The Acomb. Many of these serve food and there are also takeaways offering fish and chips, pizza, Chinese and Indian.
The main street in Acomb is vibrant and home to a variety of shops including a butchers, pharmacy, computer repair, charity stores, Peacocks, pet shop, Bathstore, Co-operative food and a Morrisons supermarket. Everything you could ever need is there but big brand high street stores are a short bus ride away in York.
There are four main primary schools in the area: Carr Infant School, Carr Junior School, Poppleton Road Primary School, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary School. Manor Church of England Academy Trust is the closest secondary school.
The A59 from Harrogate runs through Acomb on the way into York and this makes for simple access by car or bus to the city centre. To get out of the city you can take the A1237 and A1036 and easy reach Wetherby and Leeds. York train station connects you with the rest of the country and the closest airport is Leeds Bradford International.
Acomb is known to have been around before the Norman Conquest in the 11th century and is noted in the Domesday Book. It is believed that the name means 'at the oak trees' and spellings have varied over the years. St Stephens church was built in the 12th century and renovated in 1832. In the early 19th century there were just 600 residents - that figure is well over 20,000 today - and there was a cinema from 1934 until 1959.
DID YOU KNOW?
The 18th century painter and engraver Thomas Stothard once lived in Acomb and Charlotte Richardson, the romantic poet, was born in York and spent most of her life living in the suburb.