Carlton is a suburb to the east of the city of Nottingham in the borough of Gedling. It is close to Bakersfield, Colwick, Gedling, Mapperley, Netherfield, Sneinton and St Ann's. It is near the River Trent and has an NG4 post code. In the Domesday Book of 1086, Carlton is referred to as Carentune.
The main shopping street is Carlton Hill, which has several shopping chains and smaller shops such as newsagents, chemists, and grocers. There is also a fairly large shopping area in Carlton Square, the traditional centre of Carlton and where Carlton Urban District Council was based before Carlton became part of Gedling Borough council in 1974. Before this date, the area was used by Carlton Central Primary School for almost a hundred years up until the 1960s but after a piece of masonry fell one night from the roof into the school assembly area, the school was demolished and the council house and the current Carlton Square were built in its place. Fortunately, a new school had been built on Foxhill Road/Carlton Hill and Carlton Central Primary School was relocated there. The new school had originally been built to replace the deteriorating St. Paul's School on Carlton Hill. St Paul's was closed in 1983 after many years and attempts to find a new site and financing for a new building were unsuccessful. Carlton Central Primary School is not the only primary school in Carlton. Amongst others, Porchester Junior School (which has recently been extended) is situated at the top of Standhill Road.
There are numerous areas of grass for children to play on, as the roads tend to be quite busy. Carlton is blessed with two leisure centres: Richard Herrod Centre (an indoor bowling centre) on Foxhill Road and Carlton Forum (a swimming pool, gym and all-weather pitches) on Coningswath Road, off Cavendish Road.
There are number of churches in Carlton, of many denominations. St. Paul's Church, Carlton-in-the-Willows was built between 1896 and 1891 by Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon. A prominent one is Carlton Pentecostal Church, located opposite the Fire Station on Station Road.
Carlton railway station is on the Nottingham to Lincoln Line. Local schools are Parkdale School, Carlton-le-Willows Academy, Sherwood E-ACT Academy (formerly Gedling School) and The Carlton Academy (next to the large Carlton Forum Leisure Centre on Coningswath Road). There is a Tesco supermarket at the bottom of Carlton Hill, which was built on the site of St Paul's Primary School, which stood from 1869 until 1983. The school was built next to a 17th-century graveyard, which was relocated when the Tesco supermarket was to be built on the same land.
Carlton is also where the Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama (also known as MADD) is based. It is one of the UK's top musical theatre colleges.