Sport, athletics and physical activity is ingrained in British culture and is a part of the daily life of the locals here. From rugby to hockey to football to cricket and even individual sports like tennis, badminton and squash, the English excel at every other sport. Out of all the sports though, football is a particular favourite of the British, and the number of top tier teams, exceptional footballers and world-class stadiums that come out of this country, bears testament to this fact. This country has some of the best, most historic and sought-after football stadiums in the world, like Old Trafford, The Emirates and Stamford Bridge. However there is one hallowed ground in particular that takes the cake and is emblematic of English football - The Wembley Stadium. Taking a Wembley Stadium Tour is a highly recommended experience while in London and here's why.
Read our detailed guide on taking a Wembley Stadium Tour and know all about it before booking your tickets!
Wembley Stadium, London
Wembley Stadium is the largest football stadium in England and second largest in Europe, with a capacity of 90,000! This colossal, multi-purpose structure opened in 2007, and stands on the site of the previous Wembley Stadium, which dominated the London skyline from 1923 to 2003, with its iconic twin towers at the entrance. The Old Wembley (previously called the Empire Stadium) was actually built by Sir Robert McAlpine, for housing the British Empire Exhibition of 1924-25. The plan was to demolish the structure after the exhibition, but this did not come to fruition thanks to one James Stevenson (thank god). The construction of the new and current Wembley Stadium began in 2003 and was completed in 2007. This state-of-the-art and standard-setting arena was inaugurated and made open to the public on 19th May, 2007, with the staging of the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United.
Why You Must Take A Wembley Stadium Tour
Wembley Stadium is one of the most iconic and significant structures in all of England, and whether you’re a football or not, visiting this modern-day Colosseum should definitely be on the top of your list of ‘must-see places in the UK’. If you still aren’t convinced, here are a few reasons that might make you think twice before skipping this tour -
- England is considered the Home of Football, and with regard to this statement, Wembley is its heart. As the great Pelé once said - “Wembley is the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football.”
- It is the second largest football in Europe and the largest covered stadium in the world!
- Stepping into this stadium is stepping into years and years of football history. Wembley has hosted some of the greatest teams, players and matches in the footballing world including the UEFA Champions League Finals on two occasions, the 2012 Olympic Finals and the 1966 FIFA World Cup Finals. Apart from this, Wembley is also the ground used for the FA Cup finals, which take place every year.
- Apart from sporting events, Wembley Stadium is also used to hold large music concerts as well. Some of the greatest acts to have graced the stage here include Metallica, Coldplay, Green Day, Madonna, Oasis, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen etc.
- Having been recently renovted, Wembley boasts of being one of the most modern, up-to-date and technologically advanced stadiums in the world.
- These are just some of the reasons why you must absolutely visit and experience this wonderful stadium.
Wembley Stadium Tour Tickets
Taking a Wembley Stadium Tour entrusts you with an expert guide who will take you through the best of the stadium in about 75 minutes. Book your Wembley Stadium Tour tickets on Headout and get 10% Cashback!
Wembley Stadium Guided Tour
• Explore the behind-the-scenes of the biggest sports and music venue in the United Kingdom with an expert guide
• Wander through the Press Room, Dressing Room, Players’ Tunnel and Royal Box.
• This Wembley Stadium tour is available every hour from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM every day of the week
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Your Wembley Stadium Tour Experience
Taking a guided tour of the Wembley Stadium is the best possible way of experiencing and exploring this historic venue. On a tour of the stadium, you will have a professional guide take you in and around the stadium, and you will get access to areas that are otherwise restricted to the public. See first-hand the players dressing rooms, the Royal Box, the press room and also get up close and personal with the sacred, lush green pitch that is steeped and soaked in football history!
Wembley Stadium Tour Times
The Wembley Stadium Tour takes place from Monday to Friday every hour from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. So you can choose to start your tour at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM and 4PM.
The tour goes on for 1 hour 15 minutes after which you're free to roam around the stadium and maybe grab a meal.
Highlights Of The Wembley Stadium Tour
Below are the 7 highlights of the guided tour that takes place in Wembley Stadium. Read on to know what to expect during your tour.
Statue of Bobby Moore
The first thing you see before entering the stadium is the daunting, bronze statue of Bobby Moore, one of England’s football legends. Sculpted by Philip Jackson, the statue pays tribute to Moore, who was, most notably, the captain of the England squad that won the coveted World Cup in 1966, at Wembley.
The Wembley Stadium Tour gives you access to the most intimate and exclusive areas of the stadium - the dressing room. Step into the room where countless legends have kitted up before a game and sit where players like Beckham, Messi, Ronaldo and Pelé have sat before!
Get access to the Press and Media Room, and take a seat at the table where players and managers give their thoughts before/after a game. This is your turn to be Gareth Southgate, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
This is the most popular part of the tour and it’s no surprise why. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you stroll through the tunnel that leads to the pitch. Feel the tension in the air, before finally stepping out onto the turf.
This is one of the most striking and recognizable features of this stadium. Unlike most other venues, for cup matches, the winning team heads to the Royal Box, located in the middle of the North Stand, to collect their trophy and medals. On this tour, you get to visit the Royal Box and feel how it is to be a champion.
The Crossbar Exhibition
Since 2016, the Crossbar Exhibition has become a part of the Wembley Stadium tour, and it celebrates the year England won their maiden World Cup. With memorabilia and objects on display, like the Finals match ball, an unused urine sample bottle and Helmut Haller’s jersey, it pays tribute to England’s finest footballing achievement.
Exhibition of Champions
Added to the tour in 2011, this exhibition celebrates decades of European Football History. It has interesting articles and objects on display like Steven Gerrard’s 2005 captain’s armband, David Beckham’s jersey from Manchester United’s victory in 1999, Graeme Souness’ winners medals from ‘78, ‘81 and ‘84, and many others.
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Wembley Stadium Map
While taking a guided tour, you get to access all levels of the stadium along with access to the rooms, pitch and more. Here's a comprehensive Wembley Stadium Map that can come handy if you're doing a self guided tour. Moreover, there are multiple entry points to the Wembley Stadium, but the recommended one is the Booby Moore Entrance. If you're alighting at the Wembley Central Station, you can take the White Horse Bridge entrance as it is the closest one. If you're parking your car at the Green or Pink Parking, the Eastern Entrance is your closest option. Download this Wembley Stadium Map and keep it handy on your phone in order to navigate yourself around efficiently.
Tips For Your Wembley Stadium Tour
- Make sure you book your tickets for the stadium tour well in advance and online. This stadium is one of the most popular and famous attractions in the UK, so getting tickets last minute can be hard. By booking them online, you save yourself the trouble of having to wait in line at the ticket counter at the stadium.
- You have the option of choosing a self-guided tour, however, for a more immersive and enlightening experience, it is recommended to take a guide tour. Your guide will belt out interesting facts about the stadium and also tell you about the ins and outs of Wembley.
- Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking quite a bit on this tour.
- Check and double-check the stadium calendar before booking your tickets. There are many closures throughout the year, and the timings and inclusions may differ on match days, so to avoid disappointment, have a look at the official website of the stadium.
- If you plan to eat at any of the restaurants in Wembley, make sure you make a reservation beforehand. They are almost always booked out.
- Try scheduling your visit on a match day so that you tour the stadium and watch the match too.
- The Wembley Stadium Tour is free with the London Explorer Pass, so if you have the pass, walk in with a reservation of the slot of your choice.
Know Before You Go On A Wembley Stadium Tour
Wembley Stadium Tour Times
Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last entry at 4:00 PM)
Wembley Stadium Address
London HA9 0WS, UK. Get Directions >
Wembley Stadium On Map
How To Get To Wembley Stadium
Looking for Directions to Wembley Stadium? Here's how you can get to Wembley Stadium via different modes of transport.
- By Tube and Train - The nearest stations to the stadium are - Wembley Park Station (Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines), Wembley Stadium Station (Chiltern Railways) and Wembley Central Station (Bakerloo, London Overground, London Midland and Southern Lines)
- By Bus - The following bus routes will take you to the stadium: 18, 83, 92 and 224.
- By Car - You can park your car in the Official Wembley Stadium Car Park. However, do make sure you reserve a spot beforehand.
Top 3 Wembley Restaurants
Wembley has a number of pubs, lounges and restaurants situated inside the stadium, each serving a different type of cuisine and food. Here is our pick of the top 3 restaurants/eateries.
This one of the most popular restaurants in Wembley and is usually completely booked out. This informal eatery serves up some delicious pizza, rotisserie meats and mouth-watering British cuisine, making it the ideal place for a quick bite before kick off.
If you have some time on your hands and are looking to enjoy a great meal, look no further than the Champagne and Seafood Restaurant & Bar, located to the west side of the main entrance on level two. As you would’ve guessed, this place specializes in serving delicious and exotic seafood, along with some refreshing champagne.
Our final pick includes the Flutes Bar and Grill, which serves diners gourmet burgers, juicy rib-eye steaks and a wide selection of beers and wines. Perfect grub for a perfect game of football!
Check out other Wembley Stadium restaurants and indulge in a hearty meal with views of the pitch.
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