Experience the highs and lows of football in some of London’s top sporting attractions.
Football has always been a something of a tradition in the UK and a favourite sporting pastime for many of us Brits.
There is nothing quite like going down to the local field for a game of footie after work, or getting together with some friends and having a match in the local field.
Going to see major football games are another great way to unwind, and spend the afternoon.
In the UK, there is no shortage of stadiums to bask in the glory of the great game that is football and watch the major Premier League games as they unfold.
And the great thing about these stadiums is that you are able to get a unique behind-the-scenes view of these historic matches by taking a tour around the hallowed ground in which they take place – a great tour for anyone who wants to visit London in depth.
We’ve rounded up a list of no less than five of the most famous stadiums in the UK, featured for their lively atmosphere as in the case of Arsenal, or for their sheer popularity.
Arsenal Stadium Tour
No list of famous football grounds would be complete without the inclusion of Arsenal.
It one of the top Premier League clubs in the UK and takes visitors on an unforgettable journey into some of the most decorated matches in history and the players who helped to make it all happen.
So if you are exploring the great city that is London, be sure to include the Arsenal Stadium Tour – also known as the Emirates Stadium Tour – on the list.
The self-guided tour gives visitors the chance to experience the highs and lows of the match day games, with audio commentary from a host of Arsenal stars.
Wembley Stadium Tour
And it is here that some of England’s most glorious victories have taken place. The great Wembley Stadium is in many ways, the sacred home of football in the UK.
For it is here that the World Cup win of 1966 and the historic ongoing triumphs of the FA Cup final, have taken place.
Visitors who perhaps unfamiliar with those glorious days, can relive it all right here in Wembley.
At Wembley, you can experience the pre-match tension as you walk through the players’ tunnel, get your hands on the FA Cup as you peruse the Royal Box, or take some souvenir snaps of some of the best views in the stadium.
Chelsea FC Stadium Tour
The legacy of Chelsea is immense, and this tour will provide hours of entertainment and fun for all the family.
With this tour, you don’t just get to walk in the footsteps of some of the prominent players who are part of this club, there is also a museum for you to explore at your leisure.
What more could a football enthusiast want?
But seriously, when you visit this spectacular stadium, you get to follow hot on the trail of John Terry and Frank Lampard and hear the stories behind their famous wins, in the home dressing room.
You can also feel the drama and the passion ignited by the games, as you explore some of the areas normally reserved for players.
Crystal Palace is a name that everyone who lives in London will have heard about at some point in their lives. Often it is where young, ambitious players start out in their career, before making it in the big teams.
Currently Selhurst Park is home to the stadium of Crystal Palace, but that won’t be for much longer if new redevelopment plans go ahead as proposed.
The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is soon to be reborn as the Crystal Palace Park stadium and will replace the one at Selhurst.
A new super-stadium is on the horizon at Tottenham. Expected to open in 2013/2014, it will also incorporate a new supermarket nearby, which will be the largest one of its kind in the UK.
Tottenham Hotspur is the main rival to Arsenal as many fans will attest to, so if do fancy visiting Tottenham, you may want to head over to Arsenal as well just to compare and contrast these two great stadiums.
Its current stadium is White Hart Lane.