Nottingham Forest Football Club - The City Ground

The City Ground, Pavillion Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, NG2 5FJ







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Our Impressions of The City Ground

The City Ground is an impressive stadium which has a current capacity of approx 30,000. Three of the stands are reasonably modern with no impaired views, and good facilities. The away fans are normally located in the lower tier of the Bridgford Stand, which is one of the afore mentioned newish stands. Located behind the goal, this particular stand was converted to all-seater following the Taylor report at the start of the 1992/93 season. The stand is unique in that it slopes down at one side, which gives the overall appearance a rather bizarre look. The facilities and refreshments are pretty good because the stand is relatively new. Beer and lager are available on the concourse, however, if you want a swift one at half time, be prepared to go early because the queue gets very big very quickly. All the standard 'footie' food items are offered, at the normal extortionate prices!

The Bridgford Stand is joined to the recently re-named the Brian Clough Stand, which was built in the late 1970?s and early 1980?s following Forests European successes.

The Trent End was built in 1994, and is the newest of the stands. This houses the majority of the vocal Forest fans and is usually full. Obviously, as this stand was only built in '94, the facilities are excellent, and there are no impaired views.

The remaining stand is the 'Main' stand, and nowadays looks a little out of place compared to the rest of the stadium, but the facilities are adequate.

Directions to The City Ground

By Road

From North

M1 to junction 26 and pick up the A610 Nuthall Road into Nottingham. Continue onto the A6514 Ring Road at Western Boulevard and turn right signposted Ring Road South, passing Queens Medical Centre, which becomes the A52. Travel over Clifton Bridge, past the Nottingham Knight Island to join the Lings Bar Road at the next traffic island. Continue to Gamston Island and turn left into Radcliffe Road A6011 and then take a right into Colwick Road for the ground.

From East

Take the A52 Radcliffe Road into Nottingham following signs for Trent Bridge. Approaching Trent Bridge is a major intersection, bear left remaining on Radcliffe Road and take the next right into Colwick Road.

From South

Leave the M1 at junction 24, and travel on the A453 towards Nottingham. At the Clifton Bridge complex follow signs for the A52 signposted Grantham past Nottingham Knight Island to join the Lings Bar Road at the next traffic island, then as north.

From West

A52 into Nottingham, then follow signs for Melton Mowbray and A606 Trent Bridge. Cross the river, then as north. Alternatively, from the M42, follow the A453 to the Clifton Bridge complex and follow routes as from south.

By Bus

The ground is 2 mins from station. Matchday specials otherwise buses 12, 85, 90 and 95 all stop by the River Trent.

By Rail

The City Ground is only a 10-15 minute walk away from the station. As you come out of the station turn left. Then, take the immediate left and follow the road down to the bottom where it meets the dual carriageway. Turn right and the Ground is about half a mile on the left hand side. You will pass Meadow Lane, home of Notts County on the way.

Local Area around The City Ground

Car Parking

Parking around the City ground is not usually a problem, as there are numerous car parks close by. Probably the best option is the pay & display car park at the Cattlemarket site adjacent to the ground. These car parks are not cheap though, and you may want to explore the street parking available near to the ground. Fro street parking your best bet is London Road.

Pubs Near The City Ground

Larwood and Voce Tavern

The pub is a real away fans haven, and is highly recommended for any travelling fan. Situated only a few hundred yards away from the Bridgford Stand where the away fans are situated, this pub offers excellent food, a big screen TV, and above all a warm welcome for away fans. The pub itself adjoins the cricket ground. To find the pub from the ground, turn right off Radcliffe Road, near the pedestrian crossing, into Fox Road, and the pub is approx 100 yards along of the right hand side.

Trent Bridge Inn

The famous Trent Bridge Inn is situated opposite the county hall and Trent bridge. This is a large pub, with good food, big screen TV, and a late bar/club on Friday and Saturday nights. There is no outdoor seating though, and limited parking. They employ bouncers on match days who won't let anyone in without a home ticket. Downer!

The Casa (...formerly the Aviary)

Situated on the River Trent on the City side of the River. This is a typical Casa bar, minimal decor in the Ikea style, and only recently opened (Aug 2000), large outdoor seating area overlooking the River Trent, good parking. Providing you haven?t got away colours on you shouldn?t have a problem getting in.

The South Bank Bar

Located on the Trent Bridge, this pubs is very popular on any sporting day. It's a sports friendly pub with 2 large screens and 4 televisions. It is 1 minutes walk from Nottingham Forests' ground and the same distance to the Trent Bridge cricket ground. It sells a large variety of beers and lagers and there is a very good selection of meals. It is an ideal place to go for breakfast before a Test Match as the pub opens at 9:00am for Test matches and weekends. There is no parking as such, people go there to drink really!

The Stratford Haven

This pub is located just off Bridgford Road, behind the cricket ground. It serves real ale, and is fairly new and very popular

The Lady Bay Inn

Situated on Trent Boulevard - Ideally located for the ground but a real 'Forest Fans' pub

Fast Food Near The City Ground


The legendary Hooters pubs. This will not be to everyone's taste, but if you fancy some good food and drink (although it's a little bit expensive), and want to be served by semi naked ladies, then this is a must. To find the pub from the train station, turn right and right again. At the end of the road, cross the dual carriageway and you can't miss it. From the ground, walk along the Trent Bridge and carry along the carriageway past Meadow Lane, and Hooters is about half a mile along, on the right.


Radcliffe Road 2 minutes from Forest/County Ground (you could spit at it from the Cricket Stand that runs on the opposite side of Radcliffe Road) - 3 in City Centre along with a huge numbers of pubs and bars.

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