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 nearest small town shopping centre

Though not the most inspiring or attractive of market towns, has the advantage of being just a mile or so from Rise Park  and is well served by buses from the estate.


Bulwell has excellent transport links to the City Centre, Rise park and surrounding areas.

There is a large bus terminus in the centre of the town and also a tram stop

Adjacent to this is the station for the Robin Hood train line which links Nottingham with Hucknall, Mansfield, Worksop and stations in between

Bulwell, has a reasonable (but limited) range of small shops including a post office, chip shop and takeaways, hairdressers, jeweller, pet shop, butcher, furniture stores and a J D Wetherspoon public house. Also a rapidly diminishing choice of smaller public houses. The town also has the usual quota of Charity shops.

Shops include a Wilkinson's Hardware store and Argos.


There are no nightclubs or high class restaurants or eateries in the town, but there are a couple of betting shops and two snooker clubs.

Bulwell Market is an open air market which is held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. There is also a Flea Market every Wednesday.

The outskirts of Bulwell, on the Rise  Park side, have a Morrisons store, Matalan and Wickes . Also the Ken Martin Leisure Centre and swimming pool (featured on separate page).

A Tesco Extra store is under construction at time of writing (Sept 2010) and is due to open at the end of the year. This now has to be a case of severe “overkill” as far as this Company is concerned , with no less than three major stores within a very small radius Hucknall, Top Valley and Bulwell.

Bulwell shopping centre

The Main street in Bulwell

The Downside
Parts of the town unfortunately suffer from an air of dereliction due to a continuing lack of investment and maintenance, of premises long since vacated by the Vauxhall car dealers (on the main street). This has been a serious blot on the landscape for several years past.

September 2011 saw a considerable improvement to the appearance of the High Street when J D Wetherspoon opened the William Peveril pub in what was originally the Old Palace Cinema building (also previous home to Wilkinson Hardware store)

Bulwell Bogs and River Leen

Much more attractive than the historical name suggests - the town centre has an excellent water park for children, built in 2008.

From here there is a very pleasant short riverside walk and picnic area. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that the river seems to be regarded by some as a suitable repository for dumping of rubbish and shopping trolleys. Which the Council and River Authorities sometimes take a while to clear up.

For more information and photo’s of this feature please see separate page for River Leen.

Bulwell Bogs - the River Leen at Bulwell Nottingham

Children paddle in the River Leen at ‘Bulwell Bogs’.

Local Links

Bulwell Model Railway Club

A Tram pulls into Bulwell Station

A tram from the City pulls into the centre of Bulwell