Wimbledon Championships

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Getting into the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club requires quite a bit of prep. Seats on Centre and Number One courts are distributed by ballot the preceding year, although enthusiasts who queue on the day may gain entry to the outer courts. There are around 500 tickets each for Centre Court (from £5​6​on the opening days) and Courts One (from £45​) and Two (from £4​1​), and around 3,000 more for ground admission. You can also turn up later in the day and pay a reasonable rate for seats vacated by spectators who have left early.

Tickets are not sold over the telephone, but on a strictly one per person queueing basis; payment is by cash only. Many turn up with tents in tow the night before to secure their place in 'The Queue'. If you can't face the urban camping, you'll need to turn up long before 9:30am. Don't be tempted by touts or other unauthorised agents, buying from them means you'll be refused entry to the grounds.


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There's only one guaranteed way to get into Wimbledon and that's the famous Queue. Usually turning up at 6-7 am works for a ground pass, but do note it gets tougher every year! They'll let it 6000 from the queue per day, with 500 tickets for each of the three show courts (Centre, Court 1 and Court 2). Check out updates from the Wimbledon website and the twitter feed before you go. Camping overnight also works a treat although this year I was number 1680 having arrived at 9pm the night before! I can't recommend camping highly enough - everyone is lovely and the atmosphere is awesome. The Wimbledon stewards are excellent and the facilities (toilets) are plentiful and well organised. Wimbledon saves the best tickets for the queue-rs, so if you get a show court ticket you'll find yourself court-side or sitting next to the player's box easily! 

I recommend going during the first week when all the outer courts are fully utilised and you'll get to watch amazing games and players just strolling from one court to another. Do visit the practice courts too - you never know who you may spot. Give in to tradition and sip Pimm's or munch on strawberries and cream throughout the game. Such an brilliant day out - highly recommended.


The highlight of every summer in London is when wimbledon returns. The atmosphere is electric and if you are lucking enough to get tickets of centre court or court number one, you are in for a treat. In week one, you will see the likes of Serena practising on the outside courts and can get up close and personal. Strawberries and cream are a must, they are a little pricey, but guaranteed it will be the best strawberry you have ever eaten. Anyone for Pimms?


Amazing atmosphere, fantastic tennis and so very British. A must do event in London - don't forgot to pack a bottle of wine (or 2 beers) each in your picnic!

Staff Writer

Wimbledon Championships sum up what part of what makes Britain what it is. As a sporting event, it is like no other not just because of the quality of the tennis, but the surroundings and environment that it all takes place. It is a proper day out, spoil yourself when you go. Immerse yourself in the trimmings of the event. Once in, everything is accessible. Watching the big matches from the hill on the big screen brings another dimension of Wimbledon Championships to life. We may watch it on the TV, but seeing the game in person is a real experience. It gets busy but the grounds are made for servicing the fans and movement of people.