Acton can be a confusing place for rail travellers, who when planning their journey must contend with no less than seven similarly-named rail stations. North Acton, East Acton, West Acton and Acton Town are all underground lines, with Acton Central, South Acton and Acton Main Line servicing the National Rail. As needlessly complex as that may initially seem to tourists, the upside is that the area is extremely well-serviced by transport links in comparison with many areas of semi-urban London, and your Acton hotel is likely not to be too far away from the tube. The fact that Acton has been a notable feature in Monty Python, Alan Partridge, and was the setting of Only Fools and Horses gives some indication as to its character. It’s an affable, slightly run-down area obviously very fondly thought-of by its current and former residents. As homebase to a community of fun-loving Antipodean visitors, it can have a bit of a party atmosphere come the evening.
Closest to the station is the Acton Town Hotel, which is a family-run B&B, and a good budget option for people looking to spend their days more centrally. Families and groups can find small but comfortable apartments here, equipped with little kitchens and sitting rooms.
Next closest is the Blue Star Hotel, which obviously prides itself on style and modernity, with more neon tubing than one might expect from an Acton hotel. The Pearl Water Restaurant is the first of its kind in Acton, selling Asian Fusion cuisine.
Finally, the four star Ramada Ealing is a more prestigious option, just over 1km away from Acton Town Station. The Ramada is not too pretty from the outside, but has large and comfortable rooms combined with excellent conference facilities. The most attractive part is probably the Arts Brasserie.
Acton Town Station services the District and Piccadilly Lines, while North, East and West are all on the Central Line.
This is Acton Town Tube Station, which is on the District and Piccadilly lines. There are a few other stations with “Acton” in the title (for example, East Acton and South Acton) which are on different lines, so take care not to get confused. Acton Town is in Travelcard Zone 3. It’s in the borough of Ealing, West London.
The original station on this site was opened in 1879. The current building dates from a reconstruction in the early 1930’s. It is designed a geometric style using brick, reinforced concrete and glass. A recent refurbishment has added two new lifts, providing a step-free access to the station for disabled passengers and those with luggage. An accessible toilet was also installed.
To the north of the station is Ealing Common Depot. Here, in a former repair shop, is housed the London Transport Museum’s reserve collection of rail and road vehicles, as well as a vast store of posters, artwork, signs, ticket machines and ephemera. Public access to the Museum Depot is limited, but guided tours can be booked on certain weekends throughout the year.
Gunnersbury Park is near the station. It has 186 acres of woodland and grassy spaces, as well as a collection of historic buildings. You can see the Orangery, “Princess Amelia’s” Bath House, Gothic ruins and the Stables. The large mansion, Gunnersbury Park House, is the home of the local history museum. There is also a café, children’s play area and a pitch and putt golf course. A bowling green, sports pitches, lake and boat house can also be discovered in the park.
South Ealing Cemetery is a Victorian graveyard dating back to 1861. It has a collection of gothic headstones and statues.
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