Wembley Stadium

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Go behind the scenes and sense that cup final magic on a tour of the UK’s biggest football stadium

Hosting the nation’s biggest sporting spectacles since 1923, Wembley has plenty of heritage to inspire any visitor, but as the home of England’s World Cup Final win over West Germany in 1966, its legendary status as a temple to sport has been assured forever more.

The old twin towers have long gone, and even though the original Wembley Stadium used to host matches watched by crowds of 127,000 (these days it’s a more modest but still thronging 90,000), those two old peaks would be dwarfed by today’s arena, completely rebuilt and opened in 2007. The iconic arch that spans the width of the stadium can be seen from as far away as Richmond Park.

As part of the project, over £70 million was spent on improving access by train, tube, bus and by foot. In fact, the stadium’s website even has a ‘Sofa to seat’ feature so you can plan the best travel route all the way from your living room to the row your ticket is in.

Even if you’re not coming to see a sports event or a big concert, you can take a Wembley Tour, which revisits the stadium’s golden moments from the 1920s to the present. Open throughout the year (but closed when there are major events taking place), the 75-minute tour is hosted by knowledgeable and impressively enthusiastic guides, who allow you to pause and soak up the stadium magic, take a few selfies and imagine yourself caught up in cup final fever.

The tour includes the England Changing Rooms, the Players’ Tunnel and the chance to sit in the England manager’s hot-seat used during press conferences. You can also climb the 107 steps up to where the winners collect their medals and get your hands on a replica of the FA Cup. There are also exhibits, like the Jules Rimet Trophy and a flag used in the London 1948 Olympic Games. Check the website in advance to confirm which areas will and won’t be included on the dates you want to visit. Other visitor options include the VIP Access-all-Areas Tour of Wembley Stadium, for groups of at least two people. You get your own private guide plus you see inside a corporate box and where referees prepare before a match, in addition to enjoying the regular tour experience. You also receive a Wembley Tour Guidebook, a gift and your photograph taken with the replica FA Cup.

Venue name: Wembley Stadium
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Address: Empire Way
London
HA9 0WS
Opening hours: Wembley Stadium Tours: £19, £17 adv, £11 over-65s/under-16s, students, £10 concs. adv, £45 family. VIP Tour (min two people) £55pp. 10am–4pm daily; tours do not take place on public holidays and during the build-up to and wind-down from major sports or music events so advance booking is recommended.
Transport: Tube: Wembley Park
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Telmo M
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Great venue! If you have the chance to go to any football game or concert just go!! Always good atmosphere with great events happening here!!

Alexandra L
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I defy you to tell me there's anything better than a warm evening spent with friends watching one of your favourite musicians performing under the stars in one of the world’s most incredible venues; that was my first experience of Wembley Stadium this past weekend watching the legend that is Billy Joel.


Set an easy 10 minute walk from Wembley Park tube, this is somewhere that has hold of so many peoples’ hearts, be it for sport or music. Let’s start by stating the obvious – it’s enormous and it will take you a while once you get there to find your way round so factor that in when planning your visit. Take cash beforehand so you don’t have to waste time queuing at the ATM’s and at £7 a pop for baby bottles of wine, I’d suggest a cheeky pre-drink or two before you arrive.


Staff are wonderful though; friendly, respectful, helpful and unfailingly cheerful, they can’t be faulted whether they’re checking you in, pouring your cider or helping you swim upstream against a never-ending flow of people for a last minute comfort break…I blame the wine I was so classily sipping from a plastic bottle.


Stepping up and out on to the stands is really quite awe-inspiring and later on, when those same stands are full of people roaring, stamping, clapping and singing their approval, it’s truly epic. For somewhere that gets the calibre of people it does, ticket prices are remarkably wallet friendly, running the gamut from eye-watering to just a deep breath or two. I paid less than £40 for a brilliant seat mid-way up with a clear view of the stage from where I could hear every flawless note sung by the immaculate Joel.


Sixty-seven years old with the voice of a man half his age, he was an absolute class act. Super helpful pre-visit emails said there’d be no support act, he’d be on at 8pm and he’d finish at 10.30pm. Tick. Tick. Tick. No whiz pops, no explosions, no talking over the music to avoid actually singing, it was one uber talented man and his ridiculously good band delivering one killer song after another. I sang, I danced, I laughed, I cried, I had the time of my life with the Piano Man.


Prepare yourself for a long shuffle back to the tube afterwards but if you’re as lucky as I was, you’ll be amongst a great swell of people singing their favourite songs from the evening and if you’re really lucky, superbly organised staff will serenade you with the greatest hits of disco through the loudspeakers as you queue to get into the station…believe me when I say there are now people in the capital who have photos of 60’000 people YMCA-ing it up with the best of them last Saturday night on Wembley Way! There are venues and then there venues and ticking Wembley Stadium off your bucket list is a must whoever your team is and whatever your musical stylings are.

Daniel L
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Wembley stadium is the stuff of legends. Whether it is the cup final, or an England qualifier (because England never makes any finals...) , or a legendary performance by coldplay, this is the venue to be at. The capacity crowd creates an unforgettable atmosphere for everyone. Furthermore, transport links are great and there is a ton of food before and after the event around. Security is great and smooth as well which is always a plus.  

Ros A
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I was lucky enough to see Queen Bey at Wembley this year and I've been to a multitude of other gigs and events at Wembley. It's a huge stadium, so you need to be prepared for crowds before, during and after. It's usually well organised, and easy enough to get in and out. You will queue to get out of the stadium and back onto the tube but it usually doesn't take more than 30 minutes from leaving the stadium to board a train. 


A good venue with decent acoustics. If you're in seats, you'll be miles away from the action so if you're a diehard fan, try and get standing seats so you can get closer to the stage. For a sports match, that's obviously not an option but the seats work much better for sport! 

Marco D
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What an incredible evening at the Wembley Stadium. It was my first time visiting and I went to see the anticipated, phenomenal Beyoncé at the Formation World Tour. It's just a five minute walk from Wembley Park station. What a magnificent stadium, I wasn't expecting it to be so massive. It's definitely bigger than the O2 without a doubt. Just to see all these people in one stadium waiting for Beyoncé to appear was astounding. I found something truly fascinating about the stadium. You don't hear a single sound while your outside the stadium, but once your in the music is ecstatic. This opened-air stadium is brilliantly well designed, the top compartment can be closed if it does start to rain. What a smashing night at the Wembley Stadium. It was and will always be an unbelievable and unforgettable evening with Beyoncé at The Formation World Tour. I couldn't expect anymore from Queen B, the whole production set, costume/fashion, sound, and to the stage were remarkable. Everyone was blown away and we were on our feet the whole time and obviously quite a lot of shouting. Thank you Beyoncé. A definite worthwhile to come and visit the stadium. The end was a huge wait, but that is expected. Have fun! #TOTastemaker Love MD.

Leah
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Wembley as a gig venue leaves a bit to be desired for me. As impressive as it looks when you first come out of the station and although gigs always have a great atmosphere once you're inside, it doesn't stack up against the O2. I think because the O2 has much more to offer in the immediate vicinity and has a smaller capacity people are more spread out - in comparison Wembley feels crowded and is very difficult to leave with everyone trying to get on the tube at the same time. That said, if there's a gig going on that you want to see you're not going to turn it down! The nosebleed seats had a bit of an echo at one of the gigs I was at so the music quality wasn't that great, but having recently been standing at another gig it seemed perfectly fine - plus there are food and drink stalls on the pitch during the show so it's much easier to get a drink without missing any of the action.

Zoe F
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I'd always dismissed Wembley as a music venue in favour of the o2 simply due to the fact I live South East London. That is until recently, when I came I must say I was blown away!

The stadium stands tall, visible before you even leave the train from the window when approaching Wembley Park station. Then there’s the legendary walk from the station to the stadium, along Olympic Way (or Wembley Way as it as more commonly known), along here is the location of ticket touts and unofficial merchandise as well as a few food vans and ice cream trucks – but there aren’t many so the queues are long and the offering is expensive to be expected! So strongly advise to eat before. Here is also where you’ll capture the obligatory selfie trying to capture the iconic arch to accompany the standard Facebook check-in to encourage some envy from your friends by letting everyone know about whichever spectacular event you’re going to enjoy :)

For me the first event was Capital fm Summertime Ball, then just a matter of weeks later I was back for the one and only Beyoncé! I was astounded by the mammoth size of it, words or event photographs cannot convey the sheer size of this stadium - it creates such a magnificent and at times quite moving atmosphere, from joining in the impromptu Mexican Waves to audience acapella sing along with phone’s alight resembling stars – there is something truly special about so many people coming together as a collective in such a way and Wembley plays perfect host to these magical moments.

On both occasions I was very impressed with the organisation and the friendly and helpful staff, assisting the event to run smoothly and making everyone’s visit as good as it can be – they also handle the mass exodus of everyone after the shows finish in the best way they can to ensure the safety of the people, they stagger the clusters of people they allow through to prevent overcrowding on the platforms but with a capacity of 90K you have to appreciate there is going to be a wait for tubes.

Although the journey home is long for me, I definitely wouldn’t hesitate coming back again!

GeorgeX
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This is the best stadium you can visit in London city at the moment, and one of the most well known stadiums all over the world. Quite recently refurbished, opened to public back in 2007. Even if you are not into any kind of sports, you have to visit this place. You are going to be amazed by the site 's architecture. All year round ticketed tours are available that will allow you to discover the place while no event is going on.

Kritt N
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Wembley Stadium is a world-class stadium located in north-west London, and home to the England national football stadium.



Built on top of the old Wembley and re-opened in 2007, it’s quite a sight to behold. It’s absolutely ginormous and of course, you can’t miss it’s main feature: the iconic arches that soars above the stadium at 133 meters high and can be seen from many of London’s high vantage points.. Take a moment to admire it. There’s not many stadiums in the world that has it.



On matchdays, take the tube and alight at Wembley Park station. You’ll want to make the short walk from the station to Wembley (also known as Wembley Way) to soak in the incredible buzzing atmosphere as you approach the stadium. If that that doesn’t get you excited for your event nothing will. Every time I have visited to attend a game, the atmosphere is alive with noise and anticipation.



The inside of the stadium is equally impressive. There are zero uninterrupted view from any of the 90,000 seater in the stadium and the noise is quite amazing once the stadium is full with cheering fans. There’s also enough leg room too even for the taller people out there.



Feeling hungry? Wembley won’t let you enjoy the match on an empty stomach. There are 34 bars, 8 restaurants, 98 kitchens and 688 food and drink service points to satisfy your appetite at any point during the game.



Once the match is over it will be incredibly busy on your back to Wembley Park. Why not spoil yourself with a spot of shopping, or grab a bite to eat in the small but very good-value shopping outlet beside Wembley? You can raise a glass as you celebrate your team's victory, or console yourself with one or two (or three) drinks.



When there are no matches or events taking place, regular stadium tours are held, and I recommend it. It’s pretty good value: you’re given a thorough tour of the stadium by your knowledgeable and good humoured tour guide who will show you the ins-and-outs of Wembley including the VIP area, the royal box, changing rooms and more. Kids will love it.



It’s not just sports matches that takes place here but concerts and other events too so it’s a very versatile stadium.



Great seats wherever you’re sta, iconic arches, great location, It’s a truly world-class stadium befitting any event. The England football team as well as London should consider themselves very lucky to have such a iconic stadium.

Jon D

Was invited by a friend with a spare ticket to do a tour of the stadium. I am a big football fan so absolutely enjoyed the visit. It was great to hear about the history of the stadium and the see the new stadium in all its glory. You have plenty of opportunity to take some great photos in the changing rooms with shirts of players and also sitting in the press room, that main is a mainstay of my Facebook page. If you love football and go to alot of games, you will love doing the tour here.

Paula - ToT
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When the old Wembley Stadium was knocked down, I was gutted.However, although the new Stadium doesn’t have quite the same feel as the old one, it is a great facility and very well designed.The atmosphere in the stadium when full is electric and it’s worth a visit for whatever event is of interest.

Kailash M

A must visit for all the Football lovers, had great time visiting the Iconic Wembley Stadium.