London Attractions, Activities and Things
Wembley Stadium Tour
Visit the home of English football and relive
the glory of the past as you tour Wembley Stadium. The home of the England
national team has greeted millions of sports fans from around the globe
and invites you to explore the incredible piece of English history which
is bound to create an exciting and memorable experience for all.
On the tour, you will receive the opportunity
to go to the heights of the stadium’s upper tier to take in the incredible
view it provides – as well as being a great photo opportunity.
The Manager’s Press Conference Room takes you
inside where the big questions are asked to the players and manager,
allowing you to assume the role of England boss and see how you would cope
under the highest of praise and most intense of criticism. Would you
The players' tunnel is the setting of the
tensest moments in game preparation, where players come face-to-face with
their enemies for 90 minutes and psych themselves up for the most
important games of their careers.
The home dressing room brings you to where the
England team prepares for international matches so you can relive the
greatest celebrations that will have happened here and imagine the
half-time talks that have inspired great performances. The Royal Box is
where club captains get their hands on the greatest trophies and you can
do the same with a replica trophy.
The tour is ideal for sports fans and general
tourists alike and is also perfect for birthday parties which children
will remember for years. Ask anyone who has been to the hallowed stadium;
you will always remember your first visit to Wembley.
The daily tours start at 10am with the last
tour of the day at 4pm. Ticket prices start from £8 for children and
seniors up to £38 for a family ticket. Adult tickets are £15 and under 5’s
get in free.
Get all the information
you need here: Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur Tours
The famous White Hart Lane ground has been home to Tottenham Hotspur for more than 100 years and every part of the ground has a tale to tell.
A tour of the stadium covers its long history and tells how it has evolved and developed into the magnificent arena it is today. The tour takes in some of the most exclusive areas of the ground, including the Board Room and the Directors’ Box with its perfect view of the pitch.
The pre-match build up can be experienced in the dressing room while the trophy room has many historic items. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the club’s great players by walking down the tunnel to the pitch. A stadium tour offers the chance to share in the memories of unforgettable games and legendary players.
Tours can be pre-booked and run every non-match Saturday at 11.00 and 13.00 for groups of up to 25 people.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Road, N17 0AP
Phone: 0844 499 5000
Wimbledon Tennis Tours
Guided tours of Wimbledon are available on most days throughout the year. When booked in advance, tours are offered at any time of the day and, for groups of fifteen or more, can be tailored to suit individual needs.
Each memorable, behind-the-scenes look at Wimbledon lasts around two and a half hours, including an hour in the museum. The tour route covers Number 1 Court, the Picnic Terraces and Water Garden with fantastic views across London, the Millennium Building, Press Interview Room and the BBC Television Studio. No tours may take place in the period around The Championships.
The brand new Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum was opened to the public in April 2006 and has proved a big hit. It won the Visit London Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2006 followed by the Gold Visit London Best Tourism Experience Award 2007 and the Bronze Visit London Accessible Tourism Award 2007. It has also been short listed for the 2008 European Museum of the Year Award.
The museum features exhibits and artefacts, interactive exhibitions and films. Audio guides are available in eight languages and a sign language tour guide using hand-held video technology is provided for deaf visitors.
The museum features a remarkable cinema with 200-degree screen that immerses viewers in the world of The Championships. A tour of the 1980s dressing rooms is conducted by an image of John McEnroe and the different fashions worn at Wimbledon from the 1880s to the present day are displayed.
Interactive touch screen consoles throughout the museum provide a wealth of information. Other features are the ‘Get a Grip’ rotating wheel of rackets, ‘The Reactor’ game and an archive of great Championship matches.
Museum opening hours: Daily 10.30-17.00
Closed 24-26 December, 1 January, the middle Sunday of The Championships and the Monday immediately afterwards. Only accessible to tournament ticket holders during The Championships.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE
Phone: 020 8946 6131 Fax: 020 8944 2257
Lord’s Cricket Ground Tours
A tour of the ‘home of cricket’, which is also the base for the England and Wales Cricket Board, the European Cricket Council and Middlesex County Cricket Club, provides a wonderful insight into the game’s spiritual headquarters.
Each tour, which is led by an expert guide and lasts around one hour forty minutes, starts in the MCC Museum. It then proceeds through the Pavilion to the famed Long Room, with panoramic views of the pitch and portraits of the game’s best-known figures. The Honours Boards in the home and away dressing rooms, which record the best batting and bowling performances at the ground, can be seen.
The tour also takes in the Tennis Court, the MCC Indoor Cricket School and some of the ground’s outstanding architecture
- the famous Grand Stand, the award-winning Mound Stand and the futuristic Media Centre, acclaimed in 2001 as one of ‘The Fifty Best Buildings in Britain’. Exclusive souvenirs can be bought at the Lord’s Shop, where the tour ends.
Tours can be booked on the day or pre-booked and open-ended tickets are available. Specialist tours are also possible, such as educational tours tailored to meet curricular needs and architectural tours that focus on the buildings.
The MCC Museum, where the tour starts, is the world’s oldest sporting museum. It contains a range of exhibits, including the world-famous Ashes urn. Displayed cricket kit includes some worn by the greatest all-time players, including Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs, Don Bradman and Shane Warne.
Many items date back to the 19th Century and include paintings, photographs and other memorabilia. The museum also has the Brian Johnston Memorial Theatre, where footage of some of the greatest moments in cricket history can be seen. Special exhibitions are also staged.
Tours operate daily at 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00 but not on major match days and preparation days. On other match days, only the 10.00 tour enters the Pavilion.
Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood, NW8 8QN
Phone: 020 7616 8595/6 Fax: 020 7266 3825
Arsenal Museum and Tour
Formed in 1886, the club turned professional in 1891 and left its previous home, Highbury Stadium, in 2006 after 93 years there. A tour of its present home, the stunning Emirates Stadium, provides a view of the arena that most supporters do not see.
A standard tour includes a walk down the players’ tunnel and a seat in the first team dressing room. The tour also visits the Directors’ Box, the Press Conference Room and the Arsenal Museum, goes pitch side and covers various state-of-the-art facilities that are incorporated in the stadium.
For an unforgettable experience, fans can book a Legends Tour. This will be conducted by an ex-Arsenal player, who will reveal his thoughts on the current team, tell of his playing days and provide useful insights. Visitors also receive a signed photograph of the player and a limited edition Legends Tour gift.
Tours can be booked in advance and group bookings are available. Tour gift vouchers can also be bought so that the date and time can be selected later.
The Arsenal Museum includes many outstanding exhibits, including Charlie George’s Cup Final shirt from 1971 and medals, shirts and caps belonging to David O’Leary, Lee Dixon, Brian Marwood and others. The trophy presented to the club by the FA Premier League for remaining unbeaten throughout the 2003-4 season is on display. The museum features the Legends Theatre and several interactive sections based on Arsenal’s proud history.
Museum opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00-18.00, Saturday 11.00-18.00, Sunday 10.00-17.00. On match days, from 10.00 until half an hour before kick-off.
Arsenal Football Club, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, N5 1BU
Phone: 020 7704 4504