Travelling Jacks – Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest on 30 April 2022 at 3pm

Distance from the Liberty Stadium: 198 miles ~ 3 hour 50 minutes.

Address: City Ground, Nottingham. NG2 5FJ
Telephone: 0115 982 4444
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City Ground - Nottingham Forest
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What’s the City Ground Like

Up to 2,000 away fans are allocated in the lower tier of the Bridgford Stand, where the facilities and view of the pitch are good.

Pies, pasties, sausage rolls, burgers and hot dogs are sold, with Amstel, Heineken, John Smiths, Bulmers and Strongbow also available.

Visiting Nottingham

Nottingham is a cracking place for a weekend away. I’ve stayed there and you have loads of pubs and clubs to choose from, as well as accommodation ranges from small B&B to chain and boutique hotels.

There are many award winning restaurants, and plenty of shopping, world class venues, arts and cultural festivals, history and heritage, family attractions, trails and waterways, and adrenalin pumping activities.

The city centre has plenty of hotels to choose from including; Hotel Ibis Nottingham Centre (NG1 2FS) and Travelodge Nottingham Central (NG1 6AJ) which are 1.7 miles away from the Ground, Park Plaza Nottingham (NG1 6GD), which is 1.8 miles away, the Britannia Nottingham Hotel (NG1 6BN) is .1 miles away and the Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel (NG1 3BP) is 1.9 miles away.

What’s On in Nottingham

The morning of the game at 10:30, The Theatre Royal (NG1 5ND) has a Limelight Backstage Tour, tickets are £12.

Also at the same venue is Wuthering Heights between the 26th – 30th, with tickets priced £20-£39.50.

The Wednesday before the game at 19:30, Test Match Special – The Live Tour with Phil Tufnell and Jonathan Agnew.

Saturday nights at 7pm, starting from the oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, and finishing in the haunted caves below Ye Olde Salutation Inn.

Eating and Drinking in Nottingham

Nearly all the pubs near the ground are home fans only.

The Nottingham Rowing Club (NG2 5FA – 0.1 miles away) charges £1 entry and the beer is well priced.

The Broken Wheelbarrow (NG2 3HJ – 0.8 miles away) is the Notts County Supporters Bar.

Stratford Haven (NG2 6BA), 0.6 miles away has great beer and food, and is busy with home and away fans.

There are many burger/pizza/kebab and chip shops near the ground, all on Radcliffe Road – the A6520.

If you’re coming by train and have a bit of time on your hands, the Olde Trip to Jerusalem (NG1 6AD) is 1.7 miles from the ground and may be worth a visit. A 12th century pub and some of the rooms are ‘cave like’ having been carved out of the rock that Nottingham Castle is built on.

Also near the train station, 1.2 miles from the ground is Vat and Fiddle (NG2 1NB), it has a big range of real beers and serves food.

Other pubs in the city centre are Ye Olde Salutation Inn (NG1 7AA) 1.7 miles away, The Castle (NG1 6AA), 2 miles away, The Round House (NG1 6FS) and Canalhouse (NG1 7EH) in a listed building has part of the canal inlet running through the the pub. Both are 2.2 miles away.

There’s also the Waterfront complex of bars including a Wetherspoons, The Company Inn (NG1 7EH), near the train station and is 1.7 miles from the ground.

Parking near the City Ground

There’s hardly any parking at the stadium, there is some street parking to be had around the The Broken Wheelbarrow, which is just over the river Trent.

Alternatively if you want to avoid the crowds, you can also choose from a selection of private car parking spaces near the City Ground – including around 59 parking spaces which you can reserve for your visit from just £4.00 for the day.

The council car park (£5) on Victoria Embankment (NG2 2JY) near the cricket ground, is a two minute walk.

There’s parking at the council Eastcroft depot (NG2 3AH) for £4, a ten minute walk.

A multi-storey car park is at the train station, £5 all day Saturday, enter via Queens Road.

There’s parking at the East Midlands Parkway train station (NG11 0EB) off J24 of the M1. A train to Nottingham takes 15 minutes. Cost of £5.10 covering parking and a return ticket. This avoids traffic onto the M1 after the game.

Train to Nottingham

Trains leave Swansea at 06:43, 07:41, and 08:22 for the 5 hour journey.

Trains come back at 17:07, and 18:12, getting in to Swansea High Street station at 22:05 and 23:43.

The ground is 1.1 miles from the station and can be walked in around 20 minutes.

For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!