London's best sports museums and stadium tours

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Discover the city's museums dedicated to sports including tours of London's biggest sporting venues

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The shiny new Olympic Park may be the place all sports fans want to get into this summer, but it’s not the only sports venue in the capital worth a visit. If your Olympic dream died with an unproductive ticket ballot or you’re hosting sports-mad visitors in London or visiting the city this summer, these places are all worth checking out. Most of the major sporting venues offer behind-the-scenes tours so you can walk in the players’ footsteps, and increasingly high-tech museums mix historical artefacts with flashy interactive exhibits.

Venue tours should be booked in advance and opening times are subject to change, so check before you visit. Wembley, Wimbledon and Lord’s are hosting Olympic events and will be closed to the general public during the Games.

Sports museums

  • Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tour

    Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tour

    Arsenal players provide the commentary to your stadium tour, whether that’s a Legends tour guided by a former player, or a self-guided audio tour. Read more

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  • Chelsea FC Stadium Tours and Museum

    Chelsea FC Stadium Tours and Museum

    Chelsea's new high-tech museum is now the largest football museum in London, with all manner of interactive gadgetry, games and videos. Read more

  • Fulham FC Stadium Tours at Craven Cottage

    Until Feb 27 2013, Fulham FC Stadium Tours at Craven Cottage

    Guided tours of Fulham FC's Craven Cottage ground follow a route that includes the tunnel and pitch-side dugouts, TV studio, home team changing room and Chairman's Club.

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  • Wembley Stadium Tour

    Wembley Stadium

    So close to the real matchday experience you can almost smell Rooney’s socks, Wembley’s tours include the chance to see the England team’s changing rooms, walk through the players’ tunnel and hold an FA Cup replica. Read more

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  • Marylebone Cricket Club Museum

    Marylebone Cricket Club Museum

    The big draw here is actually something very, very small. The legendary Ashes Urn draws tens of thousands of visitors to the world's oldest sporting museum. Read more

  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

    Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

    For a sporting venue known for its strict adherence to tradition, the museum is impressively futuristic, with its 3D cinema explaining the science of the game. Read more

  • World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tour

    World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tour

    The impressive Twickenham stadium is the home of English rugby union. A 75-minute tour takes visitors to areas not normally seen by the public. Read more

  • River and Rowing Museum

    River and Rowing Museum

    Henley’s family-friendly museum explores the history of the Thames, the sport of rowing and the community of Henley-on-Thames and makes a good out-of-town jaunt. Read more


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