Visit London’s Top 5 Sporting Venues

Are you a sports fan? If you’re heading to London this year you’ll need to know where to go. Check out our guide to the top 5 sporting venues in the capital of the UK…

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous sporting venues in the world. Wembley itself has a long and varied history and has been home to cricket and football matches since the 19th century.

Located in the London borough of Brent, and originally known as the Empire Stadium, the stadium was developed into its former state (with the distinctive towers and a capacity of 100,000) after World War I, and the first major event held there was the FA Cup Final of 1923.

Over the years it saw major developments and held many spectacular events including the Olympic Games of 1948, the 1966 World Cup, the fantastic rock concert Live Aid in 1985 and the European Football Championships of 1996. The stadium closed its doors for major renovations in 2000, and was officially opened for the 2007 FA Cup Final.

The venue is a wonderful arena catering for the needs of spectators in style and affording the best of seating (90,000 covered and seated spectators) and safety. It’s a popular home to rugby internationals, major club and international football games, live concerts, American football and it’s also a popular conference venue.

A tour of the famous stadium is well worthwhile and can be booked online! The Stadium is located at Empire Way, Wembley and to get there you need to get on to the B4557.

Twickenham

Twickenham has been the home of the England rugby team since 1910 and plays host to Six Nation Rugby and Heineken Cup games. A tour of the grounds enables you to visit the changing rooms, and take the journey from the tunnel to the beautiful pitch.

The interactive rugby museum is also well worth visiting – it documents the history of the grounds as well as the story of English rugby right up to the present day, including the World Cup victory of 2003.

From London, turn right off the A316 at Whitton Road roundabout to get to the stadium.

Wimbledon

For the majority of the year, this area of Church Road is usually unobserved by the remainder of the world, but for a full two week period in the summer it becomes a huge obsession nationally and the focus of the world media as the Wimbledon venue plays host to the most famous tennis tournament in the universe.

Wimbledon offers a wonderful sporting spectacle on a lawn surface. Also worth checking out is the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, where you can get an in depth insight into the history of the sport and its evolution from its humble beginnings into the lucrative professional sport that it is today.

The Museum affords you great views of Centre Court, and a video theatre where you can see legends of the sport such as McEnroe, Connors, Borg, Navratilova, Sampras and Federer in action! The venue has 19 courts in total.

To get here from any of the main routes in London, follow the signs for London SW A3 and at A3 Malden Junction (A2043) follow the local signs to Motspur Park.

Ascot Racecourse

Located in the village of Ascot, in Berkshire, the venue has been used for horse racing events since the 18th century, and today it’s the world’s best-known venue for both flat and jump racing throughout the year.

Usually there are 25 days of racing during the course of the year. The main highlight at Ascot is Royal Ascot week in June. The 3rd day of Royal Ascot sees the race for the Gold Cup with over £3 million prize money to be won. This is also known as “Ladies Day” so be prepared to be dazzled by the style of the race goers!

It’s possibly Europe’s best-attended race meeting, with an estimated 300,000 people enjoying the races throughout the week. In recent years the venue has been redeveloped.

To get to Ascot from London, take the M4 Junction 6 onto the A332 Windsor by-pass and then you follow the signs to Ascot.

Olympic Park

Located in East London at Stratford, this venue is not yet finished – it’s being built especially for 2012 Olympic Games. After the Olympics, the site will become a home for sporting, cultural and musical events.

Due to be completed in 2011, it’s estimated that almost 200,000 people a day will attend the games here. The capacity of Olympic Park will be around 80,000, and it will also be home to the marvellous aquatic centre, the velodrome and arenas for handball, hockey and basketball.

There will also be a new tube station called Stratford International Station created for easy access for visitors. To get to Stratford (will be known as Olympic City!) take the A11 off the A12 to East London.

Find out more about more London Sporting Venues.

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Been to any sporting arenas in London? What did you think? Do let us know – your comments are always appreciated!



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