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Directions to the
New Lawn, Forest Green.
Due to Flooding in July 2007 Gloucester City have entered into a
groundsharing arrangement with Forest Green Rovers and will be playing
home fixtures at the New Lawn, Forest Green, Nailsworth until further
Scroll further down the page to find travel directions to Meadow Park,
but there's not much to see at our 'home' at present....
From North or South leave M5 at J13 signposted for Stroud A419. Follow
A419 to Stroud, and then on entering town take right at roundabout to
pick up A46 singposted for Nailsworth & Bath, passing through Dudbridge
and then taking right turn at lights to remain on southbound A46.
Follow A46 from Stroud to Nailsworth for 3 miles, passing the Crown
Inn on the right. As you enter the centre of Nailsworth you approach
a mini-roundabout. Take right turn here into Spring Hill and follow
steep hill upwards for nearly a mile as it becomes Nympsfield Road.
You will pass new housing on the left (built on site of the old Lawn
football ground) and approximately 300 yards reach a roundabout. Turn
left here for the New Lawn stadium. The main car park accomodates approximately
250 cars and City will not be charging for parking. There is some additional
on street parking in the nearby residential areas to the right or back
down the hill, but take care of any cones or signs advising no parking
as clampers and police do operate in the area.
Nailsworth town centre mini-roundabout to turn up Spring Hill to
Approach from south is pic on left (take left turn). Pic on right is
approach from Gloucester and the north (take right turn).
- From Gloucester or Cheltenham and north.
Follow old Stroud Road A4173 out of Gloucester via Whaddon, picking
up A46 Cheltenham and Painswick road to approach Stroud before
picking up directions to Nailsworth on A46 above. (NB: Diversions are
in place at Salmon Springs just north of Stroud due to flood landslip
blocking A46 - repairs likely until early 2008).
- From Gloucester cross country, not suitable for nervous
drivers or large vehicles!
Leave M5 at J13 signposted for Stroud on A419. Almost immediately take
right turn into village of Eastington. Passing through village turn
right to Frocester and pass again through village heading east up steep
hill. At cross roads pass over B4066 following signs to Nympsfield,
taking first left turn down into village. In Nympsfield pass over staggered
crossroads, following signs out of village for Forest Green and
Nailsworth. This road narrows as it leaves Nympsfield and is one lane
with passing places. Continue past large wind turbine until entering
northern outskirts of Forest Green, New Lawn is on right off roundabout
as you approach built-up area.
- From South or M4 and East.
Leave M4 at J18 and follow A46 Bath Road north, passing Old Sodbury
and Petty France following signs to Nailsworth. Pass through Nailsworth
until reaching town centre and mini-roundabout referred to above, take
left turn into Spring Hill and follow directions.
For more details click
here for alternative internet map with street names from
nearest train station to Forest Green is in Stroud and still four
miles to the ground the other side of Nailsworth.
Bus 93, run by Stagecoach Stroud Valleys, runs from Stroud Bus Station
(5 minutes’ walk from the railway station, through the Merrywalks
shopping centre) to Nailsworth and Forest Green at 30 minute intervals.
(NB. The 93 also runs from Gloucester bus station, see below).
Note there is no return bus available to get you to the train after
an evening game.
Taxi: Around £6-7, journey time 10-15 mins.
Last Saturday afternoon train leaves Glos BR at 13:02 direct to arrive
at Stroud at 13:19.
First Saturday afternoon return train leaves Stroud at 18:40 to arrive
back at Glos BR for 19:01.
Last evening leaves Glos BR at 17:43 direct to arrive at Stroud at
Last evening return train leaves Stroud at 22:20 to arrive back at
Glos BR for 22:43.
Return Ticket - £3.90, based on an adult cheap day return price.
(Because the rail system has now entirely disappeared into the
rabbit hole it may be cheaper to buy separate singles.)
To check latest train travel advice, times and prices visit National
Rail Enquiries online.
The 93 bus mentioned above runs first from Gloucester to Forest Green
via Stroud. The bus joureny takes approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes
from the city centre and leaves the Bruton Way Gloucester bus station
at 12:00 or 13:00 for Saturday afternoon games, or at 17:10 or 18:00
for midweek evening matches. The route passes through Linden, past
St Barnabas roundabout and upper Tuffley on the Stroud Road.
On Saturday afternoons the last bus returns to Gloucester from Foxes
Dell at 18:05. The sting in the tail is you can't get back this way
from an evening kick-off as the last bus is long departed - but perhaps
someone will let you hitch home...
For more details on the bus call Stagecoach on (01453) 763 421 for
further information, or alternatively click
here for timetable details (opens as a PDF file using Acrobat
Click here for more details
on the New Lawn Stadium and matchday information
or visit the Forest
Green Rovers website for further details on the stadium and its
people seem to head straight for the ground where the Green Man bar
outside the stadium complex is fine for a few pre-match jars, if not
exactly at bargain prices. Back down in the town there are a few pleasant
enough country town pubs, including the big Britannia hotel (pictured
left). Do bear in mind that any drinks in Nailsworth do still leave
you with the considerable uphill hike up to Forest Green and the ground.
Local Food, Facilities & Cashpoints
place to stop for food and local amenities is in the small car park
behind the main High Street. Following directions above, this is a
quick first left after the mini-roundabout taking you up Spring Hill
towards Forest Green. There is a Tesco Express store here for sandwiches
(or a slightly larger Co-Op a bit further up the road), and the McCoys
chip shop for warm food, or an Indian and Chinese also nearby if you
have time to stop for a little longer.
The Tesco Express (pictured left) also boasts one of those gloriously
promiscuous RBS cash points to make sure you have plenty to spend
on City merchandising once you get to the New Lawn. Lloyds and HSBS
also have cash points on the main road.
Nailsworth town centre itself is also worth a look if
you have a spare half an hour. It might not be large enough to satisfy
a whole afternoon of alternative entertainment to the football, but
it is an old historic wool town and has a fair few spots of prettiness.
There also a few diverting shops selling antiques, crafts, old books
and organic produce - you kind of get the idea. The town is also well
served by restaurants - ranging from the Walkers Fish Bar (pictured
right) to a range of seriously rated and posh restaurants that are
amongst the best in the county. Strangely Nailsworth always seems
to have punched well above its census weight on cuisine and if you
want to celebrate a victory there's little need to head back to Stroud
or Gloucester for a good meal.
Directions to Meadow Park
From the North: Leave the M5 at Junction 11 and follow A40
signs to Gloucester, at roundabout turn right (3rd exit) onto dual
carriageway following A40 towards Forest of Dean, straight on at first
roundabout. At second roundabout take A417 into City Centre bearing
right around the Homebase island and follow signs to the Historic
Docks along the Quay with River Severn on your right and the prison
on your left. Take next right across the swing bridge onto Severn
Road and then right again onto Llanthony Road/ Hempstead Lane past
the Colin Campbell pub. The ground is signposted second right turn
into Sudmeadow Road with Meadow Park and limited car parking on the
From the South: From the M5 (Junction 12) following signs
to Gloucester, take the second exit at the first roundabout on to
the A38 (dual carriageway). At the traffic lights go straight ahead
following signs for City centre on the A430 (Bristol Road). At the
Peel Centre (with Burger King and Toys 'R' Us on the left) traffic
lights continue to follow signs to City centre. The ground is sign
posted from the 8th (Eighth) set of traffic lights from the M5, turn
left here into Llanthony Road towards Hempstead, over the swing bridge
and follow the road around to the left, past the Colin Campbell pub.
The ground is signposted second right turn into Sudmeadow Road with
Meadow Park and limited car parking on the left.
For more details check the Map (click to enlarge)- .
north the best stop is the Esso station on the left of the A417, opposite
the dreaded Homebase island. Follow the road beside the river past
the prison, and it is about a mile from Meadow Park. If you are going
south out of the city there are a number of stations on Bristol Road
(A430) once you pass The Avenue pub and Lidl traffic lights.
is on the main line with regular trains available to London, Bristol,
Birmingham and Cardiff. The station is about a mile and a half from
Meadow Park, opposite the bus station. Head into town and you should
find your way onto the 1950s architectural disaster which is King's
Square (much improved in recent years, but you'll still know when
you've arrived). The square also boasts the city's obligatory Wetherspoons
pub in the old cinema. Head towards Debenhams on the far side and
walk beside Debenhams to find your way onto Northgate Street, with
the Cross to your left.
match pub is the Golden Cross on Southgate Street, although Kings on
Northgate Street is also football, if not City, friendly. Nearer to
the ground is the docks where Dr Fosters is a popular stopping off point.
On Bristol Road adjacent to the docks are two other pubs on many pre-match
pub routes, especially The Whitesmiths and The Tall Ships for cheap
beer and a pool table.
The nearest pub to Meadow Park is the Colin Campbell on Severn Road
which now does lunchtime food and is serviceable and less of a dive
after refurbishment. Once here though you may as well head on to the
ground and drink in the social club.
nearest chip shop is Smileys on Spa Lights. Follow Severn Road over
the bridge and past the National Waterways museum to the traffic lights.
Smileys is across the road on your right. A drive-in Burger King is
past Smileys at the Peel Centre, take right at the next lights after
Chip Shops and Takeaways
For other food head into town by going to Spa Lights (see above) and
turning left at the lights, onto Southgate Street. Walk past the docks
and you should pass another chip shop, a kebab shop, and a Chinese.
For McDonalds follow Southgate Street until the Cross, here turn left
down Westgate Street (sorry, no cars). For good kebabs turn right at
the Cross onto Eastgate Street, walk for about half a mile until you
see Forest Kebabs on your left, just before the leisure centre.
Most city centre pubs do good lunches, but if you want a decent evening
meal easiest to find are either the Brasseria (Spanish) on Bristol
Road, a few yards down from Smileys chip shop (see above) and right
from Spa Lights. Alternatively try Topoly's (Italian) on Southgate
Street, left at Spa Lights and opposite the Triangle -better food
than the scruffy facade might suggest. If you continue south down
Bristol Road by turning right at Spa Lights and passing Burger King
you'll find a couple of Indian curry houses too.
Shops and Tourist Attractions
Gloucester has become a popular tourist city, all the main
shops are found in a compact area around the Cross, about a mile from
Meadow Park. The Docks is very popular with visitors, and is close
to the football ground. Tall ships are often docked here, while regular
attractions include the National Waterways Museum, the PackAge Museum
and an antiques centre as well as several shops and pubs. The most
obvious Gloucester attraction is the magnificent cathedral that dominates
the skyline (visible from the T-End), and the finest in the northern
Gloucester is good for getting bladdered, but not a great deal else.
The Guildhall Arts Centre occasionally has good bands and also has an
art house cinema. There is a multiscreen cinema at the Peel Centre,
by Burger King, right at Spa Lights, and then right again at next lights.
If you want to go to a club there is the recently re-named Liquid off
Westgate Street, or The Avenue underneath the Leisure Centre at the
end of Eastgate Street. Crackers behind the bus station and near the
railway station plays a good range of indie and alternative music. Unfortunately
though, much as it pains me to say it, if you want clubs you're better
off heading over to Ch#*tenham.
best place to head if you need money is the city centre. The HSBC
is on the Cross with the Royal Bank of Scotland's sluttish cash point
that's unfussy as to whose bank card you give it is opposite on Westgate
Street. Barclays machines are in a side alley off Southgate Street,
while Lloyds are on Eastgate Street by the old Guildhall.
If you fancy making an away trip to Gloucester part of a longer holiday
in the area contact the Gloucester
Tourism Webpage for hotels or guesthouses. For further information
on the area call in at the local tourist office at 28 Southgate Street
or phone (01452) 421188.