Owing to its proximity to the city centre, Carrington has a number of hotels and guest houses along its two main roads, (A60 - Mansfield Road and A611 - Hucknall Road) and hosts a varied selection of local shops and small businesses which also serve the community of Mapperley Park. Carrington is also home to two primary schools.
In the early part of the twentieth century, horse-drawn trams ran along Mansfield Road to the stables and depot between St. John's Church and Watcombe Road. Later, this line was extended to Sherwood and upgraded to electric trams. The tram depot was replaced by Carrington Lido (open air swimming pool) and, later still, by a town-house development.
The 2418 (Sherwood) Squadron of the Air Training Corps is located in Wesley Street. And Parades on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and prides itself on being the best in Nottingham.
Recent years have seen the construction of a large housing estate and small supermarket on the site of a former bakery and printing works on the Hucknall road, and a Lidl supermarket on Mansfield Road. Which has led to quite a few takeaways in the area.