Away days: Notts County
As the Swans get set to face Notts County in the FA Cup on Saturday, we bring you a fan's guide to Meadow Lane to improve your matchday experience.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 3pm
Address: Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ
Telephone No: 0115 952 9000
What’s it like? Swans fans are in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, on one side of the ground. The views are pretty good and the concourse is spacious. The big disappointment is that the big supporters club doesn’t let in away fans. A visit to Meadow Lane is usually a hassle free and enjoyable day out.
Pubs and grub - There are a few pubs around the ground that let away supporters in. The other side of Trent Bridge is the ‘Southbank’ (NG1 6DQ), which serves good food and has sport on the many TV screens. Real ales are on offer including one from the local Mallards brewery.
Across from the front of the station down Queensbridge Road is the ‘Vat and Fiddle’ (NG2 1NB), next door to the Castle Rock micro-brewery. It offers real ales and hot and cold food, and children are welcome. The 'Trent Navigation' (NG2 3HS) is close-by.
A five minute walk from the train station is ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’ (NG1 6AD); the pub dates back to the 12th century and some of the rooms are ‘cave like’ and carved out of the rock that Nottingham Castle is built upon. There’s real ale, food and a small beer garden.
‘Trent Bridge Inn’ (NG2 6AA), a Wetherspoons, is opposite the county hall and Trent bridge, attached to the cricket ground and always busy. ‘Larwood and Voce Tavern (NG2 6AJ) is another pub just off the Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium. ‘The Lady Bay’ (NG2 5BE) is a Forest Fans pub.
There are many burger/pizza/kebab and chip shops located near the ground, all on Radcliffe Road – the A6520.
Parking and trains – Parking is at the Cattle Market, opposite the away end at £3.50 or at Nottingham City Council's Eastcroft depot (NG2 3AH) at £4. The depot is a five-minute walk from Meadow Lane, just off London Road. The entrance has banners and has security guards during the match.
There is some street parking but it's limited as the council have introduced pay and display parking on roads close to the stadium.
There’s a new multi-story car park at Nottingham Railway Station costing £4. You enter the car park via Queens Road.
There’s a 'Park and Ride' scheme, if leaving the M1 at J24, follow the A453 towards Nottingham, then the Clifton South Park & Ride site is signposted. Parking is free and you can take a tram to Nottingham Railway Station. If you show your matchday ticket then you pay £2 return, otherwise its £3.50 return (children £2); you need to buy your ticket before getting on the tram. The journey time is 15 minutes and trams run every 10 minutes.
By train: The ground is a ten-minute walk from Nottingham train station. As you come out of the main station entrance, turn left from the station across the car park and turn right at the traffic lights. The ground is 0.25 miles down the dual carriageway on the left.
Trains leave Swansea at 7.11am, 7.59am and 9.42am for the five-hour trip. Trains leave at 5.10pm, 6.10pm and 7.10am.