London Visitor Guide
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London Sporting Attractions
Chelsea FC Museum and Tours
Built to commemorate Chelsea’s centenary year, the ‘Centenary Museum’ pays tribute to the first hundred years of the Stamford Bridge side and has a host of sights, sounds and exhibits.
Entrance to the museum is through a representation of a cobbled, west London street that was common when Chelsea FC was formed in 1905. The first part of the museum is ‘The Champions Room’, which is dedicated to the title winning side of 2004-5. The room has flat screen televisions that show highlights of the season, artwork that marks the club’s trophy successes over the past century, and a number of photo opportunities are provided.
The museum is divided into decades, with each section illustrating Chelsea’s performance and other events at the time. The first half of the century includes the club’s birth, the visit of King George V and the ‘Khaki Cup Final’.
Ted Drake’s championship winning team of 1955, led by Roy Bentley, is covered. The highs and lows of the 1970s and 1980s are dealt with, leading to a tribute to the Chelsea of today. The museum has many interesting artefacts, including Seamus O’Connell’s England caps and medals, Roy Bentley’s boots and original contract through to Jose Mourinho’s Armani coat. And with item’s being added constantly, the museum is changing all the time.
In addition to visiting the museum, the stadium tour also calls in at the changing rooms and press room. Visitors can sit in the dugout, walk up the players’ tunnel and have a photo opportunity with the shirt of their favourite player. They will learn about the pitch, security and players’ pre-match rituals. Each visitor receives a souvenir Chelsea FC lanyard and a voucher for the Chelsea Megastore. Besides the standard tour, fans can book a luxury break with the Ultimate Chelsea FC Experience, which includes overnight accommodation.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday
10.30-16.30, Saturday-Sunday 11.30-16.00
Rugby Tours at Twickenham
As the home of England Rugby, Twickenham provides the ultimate visitor experience for the rugby enthusiast.
The stadium tour provides access to the England team dressing room and to areas of the stadium not normally seen by the public. Accompanied by an expert tour guide, visitors can stand in the players’ tunnel, see the playing area from pitch side and experience the breathtaking view from the top of the North Stand. Each tour lasts one hour 15 minutes and exclusive tours can be booked.
The Museum of Rugby has the finest collection of rugby memorabilia in the world and is entered through an original Twickenham turnstile. Visitors then find themselves in the heart of an England vs. Barbarians match before going into the main areas of the museum.
The museum chronicles the history of rugby and has a collection of memorabilia that includes early match programmes, historical and contemporary photographs, playing jerseys and caps, trophies, equipment and other miscellaneous items.
An audiovisual tour covers rugby’s greatest moments and video footage goes back to 1901. Interactive displays and touch screen computers add to the experience and visitors can test their strength on the scrum machine. The museum also has a programme of events and temporary exhibitions, including its annual Rugby Photograph of the Year competition.
The ‘Twickenham Wall of Fame’ celebrates the best players who have played at the stadium. All featured players are also named on blue plaques that appear around the stadium.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday and
Bank Holidays 10.00-17.00, Sunday 11.00-17.00