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Third Longest River in  England

The river and is very wide and quite fast flowing as it passes through Nottingham on its way to  Newark and Gainsborough before joining the  Humber on its way to the North Sea.

The main point of attraction for visitors is the curving stretch between the old Toll Bridge at Wilford and Trent  Bridge  – with the pedestrian Suspension Bridge in between.

The City Ground - home to Nottingham Forest Football Club  lies on the south bank of the river.


Meadow Lane is almost directly opposite, being the ground of Notts. County FC - the oldest club in the Football League.

Trent  Bridge  cricket ground and County Hall, offices of the County Council also overlook the river at this point.

Some long overdue development has already taken place, and is planned for the near future, downstream of Trent  Bridge, mainly commercial and (expensive) residential.

The River Trent Near Nottingham

One of the Nottinghams’ main assets, along with Robin Hood, but the River Trent seems to be yet another area whose potential has been very much overlooked and neglected by the City Council. 

An area that could, and should, have become a major visitor attraction to folk from miles around - with the right amount of foresight and investment.

The War Memorial Gardens

Nottinghams grand tribute to those who gave their lives in two World Wars and other conflicts. The park behind the memorial also contains a magnificent Statue of Queen Victoria - which once had Pride of Place in the City Centre, before being moved to this ‘backwater’ location.

There is currently  an air of general neglect (July 2008), which will now take a great deal of effort and expense to put right. Some photo’s to be seen in the slide show.

The Victoria Embankment is on the City side, Northern bank, of the river and houses Nottinghams War Memorial and park, plus a  bandstand, playing fields and football pitches.

Unfortunately, an uncontrolled invasion of Canada Geese has spoiled what was once a top weekend spot – the stretch between Trent  Bridge  and the Suspension Bridge. This stretch is now very unpleasant underfoot and certainly not a spot for a picnic !!

Gone are the rowing boats (so popular with families in years past) though it is still possible to take a cruise down the river in one of the pleasure boats during the warmer months.  The Victoria Embankment is an area that any other City would have "made the most of ", as a tourist attraction, but almost nothing has been done to promote and utilise this long stretch of waterfront

Trent Bridge Nottingham - detail of the central arches

Trent Bridge - the West Bridgford crossing

War memorial at Nottingham Victoria Embankment, River Trent