Known as the third oldest test cricket ground in the world, Trent Bridge has hosted first class cricket since its opening in 1838. Home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Trent Bridge is also a popular venue for the England cricket team, having hosted multiple international matches and Ashes tests.
Found to the south of Nottingham, Trent Bridge also has links to football; Nottingham Forest and Notts County (the world’s oldest professional football club) can both be found in the neighbouring area, and Trent Bridge has also served as a ground for both teams!
Trent Bridge Inn is found on the corner of the ground; this historic tavern is notable as it helped organise the first cricket matches at the location. Now operated by Wetherspoons, the Trent Bridge Inn serves a wide variety of real ales and craft beers, in addition to an all-day food menu.
Further along Bridgford Road is the Botanist, a superb gastropub with a robust food menu and striking cocktails and ales. With live music in the evenings, it’s a great place to wind down after a day full of cricket.
Located in scenic Bridgford Park, Bridgford Hall is a collection of seven luxury suites which provide all the home comforts you could possibly need. Quiet and modern, it’s the ideal starting point for any adventure into Nottingham, and is less than a 10-minute walk from Trent Bridge.
Nottingham City Centre has a number of hotel options too, including big name brands like Crowne Plaza and Mercure. From here, Trent Bridge is easily accessible via bus; it’s a reasonable distance to walk too!
Looking for something in between? Jurys Inn Nottingham is found next to the train station, putting it in an ideal location between Trent Bridge and the City Centre. Stay the night after a full day of cricket action, and you’ll be minutes away from everything else Nottingham has to offer!
With two universities in the city, it’s unsurprising that Nottingham’s bar scene has grown immensely in the past few years. The area specialises in “hidden bars”; quirky locations which only those in the know will be able to find. Venture to Hockley Arts Club for an eclectic mix of styled décor, pay a visit to the backroom of Boilermaker’s boiler showroom for delicious cocktails, or simply wander around the city centre and see what you can discover for yourself!
Another of Nottingham’s well kept secrets is its intricate cave network. Hidden beneath the city for centuries, the caves are now open for exploring as part of the City of Caves attraction. Explore an authentic World War II bunker, along with other historic relics and monuments, all carved or built out of the limestone tunnels.
By rail: Direct travel to Nottingham via train is possible from a number of major cities, including London (from St Pancras), Birmingham, Leeds and Leicester. From the station, it takes about 20 minutes to walk to Trent Bridge.
By car: Several major roads lead into Nottingham, including the A453, the A610 and the A60. Drivers from London will want to take the M1 northbound before joining the A453 at Junction 24. Due to the ground’s close proximity with the city centre, there’s plenty of nearby parking options, including a multi-storey at the train station. Nottingham also operates a park and ride service, allowing you to park securely on the outskirts before taking a tram further into the city.