Trowell area is made up of mainly residential housing, with open green areas such as Pit Lane. Pit Lane is a nature reserve comprising of both open grass areas and some woodland. There are also some play areas for small children. There are few shops, a couple of local public houses, a garden centre and some small business premises.
There are various major roads running through and around Trowell, the main one being the M1 motorway. The boundaries of Trowell include Coventry Lane onto Nottingham Road, through to Ilkeston Road to the junction of Stapleford Road, leading back to a mini island on Pasture Road.