I highly recommend taking a tour of Wembley Stadium.
It’s the national stadium of Great Britain, home of championship games ranging from amateur to the FA Cup Final, as well as many other games like the Champions League Final. This is why the phrase “going to Wembley” carries so much meaning in English football.
It also hosts concerts, boxing matches, NFL games, all sorts of stuff.
How to Tour Wembley Stadium
Tours are offered almost every day — unless there is a game on. An adult is £19, kids under 16 are £12, and a family ticket is £54. The tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes, and it’s pretty much a standard tour: in the box seats, hospitality areas, dressing rooms, media room and through the player tunnel to the touchline. You will need to book ahead.
There is also a small café and a museum about England winning the 1966 World Cup — at the old Wembley. This one opened in 2007; the old one was used from 1923 to 2002.
I got to see a game there once, an England v Scotland World Cup qualifier. The game, a 3-0 win for England, wasn’t nearly as much fun as watching the drunken hordes of Scotsmen invade Central London. Here’s my post about all of that.
Here is one video I took during the tour:
Here is another one, through the players’ tunnel and onto pitchside. All tours involve this, and some do the goofy intro thing with music and yelling — in our case we got a video, as well. Kinda of cool to stand where all those guys stood, I suppose.
Getting to Wembley Stadium
The best way to get to Wembley is through the Wembley Park Underground Station on the Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines. It’s a 10-minute walk from there via the famous Wembley Way.
You can also get there from Wembley Central, a 20-minute walk away on the Bakerloo and London Overground Lines.
Fun fact: When a London club plays one from elsewhere at Wembley, they steer fans to the two different stations, each one closest to their end of the stadium. This is in part for convenience, and also for keeping the loonies away from each other. It only takes a few, you know.
For more information and to book your tour, see the Wembley Stadium website.
For a photo gallery from my tour and gameday visit, see below.