Football: essential stadium tours

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Take a look behind the scenes of some of London’s top clubs

Fancy gaining access to some of the areas reserved exclusively for the professionals, whilst going behind the scenes and exploring parts of the stadium rarely seen on TV? Grab a backstage pass to some of Britain’s favourite teams.

Wembley Stadium Tours, Brent, North West London

Follow in the footsteps of football legends, like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham, and explore the “Three Lion’s” HQ. Wembley Stadium, the UK’s largest sporting arena, offers a 75-minute tour that gives access to key backstage areas, such as the England team’s locker room, the players’ tunnel and royal box. It is also possible to pose for photos during the tour, in the manager’s pressroom chair and next to a replica of the Emirates Cup FA Cup.

How to get there: Wembley Stadium is a ten-minute walk from Wembley Park (Underground) and Wembley Stadium stations.

Wembley, London HA9 0WS – www.wembleystadium.com

Chelsea Stadium Tours and Museum, Hammersmith and Fulham, South West London

During the 60-minute guided tour of Chelsea Football Club’s home ground, affectionately known as Stamford Bridge, visitors are shown to areas normally closed off to the public, such as the press room, the home and away changing rooms, the tunnel and staircase to the pitch, as well as the famous stands and team museum. There are a number of other tours available too, including one that is accompanied by a former Chelsea player, during which you can find out more about the team and get a signed autograph.

How to get there: The nearest station is Fulham Broadway (Underground), just two minutes’ walk away.

2 Hilary Close, Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1EA – www.chelseafc.com

Arsenal Stadium Tours and Museum, Holloway, North London

With its three-tiered seating, Emirates Stadium-Arsenal Football Club’s home ground—is one of the most advanced venues in the world and the third largest in England. The tour is offered in different formats. You can either take the tour at your own pace, with the aid of an audio-visual device, or choose the VIP Legends Tour, which includes a lunch with a former Arsenal player and access to private areas not covered by the standard tour.

How to get there: Emirates Stadium is a three-minute walk from the Arsenal station (Underground).

Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ – www.arsenal.com

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