First, Thanks to Joel for the tip about the Underground stop to get off. That worked great for me Second, I would add that there is a bus you can take from the underground to the tennis club (it is quite a long walk, albeit a very nice one). If you decide to walk, plan an extra 20 minutes or so as it is imperative that you arrive for your appointment ON TIME. Tours start precisely on time. MAKE A RESERVATION IN ADVANCE so you will not be turned away.
The tour is great, but maybe one of the coolest things is that you get to go into the interview room and "pretend" you are a great tennis personality! That, to me, was worth the tour fee alone, and then you get to see all kinds of stuff. Also, plan on spending a fair amount at the shop. Even if you do not think you want a towel or shirt, once you are there, you likely will want these things, and they are not the cheapest. But it is Wimbledon!
Ladies & gents, boys & girls, a day out to the All England tennis championships in Wimbledon is one of the best day's out in London in my humble opinion. For visitors from abroad, you won't get a more quintessential British day out than a visit to SW19.
The championships take place at the end of June/beginning of July. There are a few other odd events like Davis Cup matches, which take place at other times of the year.
There are over 20 courts at Wimbledon and the big matches are scheduled for Centre, No 1 and No 2 courts. The majority of the public seats for these courts are allocated through a lottery system. You can apply for an application form for the public ballot by writing to wimbledon.org by mid December. They control access to tickets very strictly and only one application is allowed per household. If you're successful, you will hear by mid February when they send you a letter offering tickets on a specific day and you can either accept or reject them.
If you've been unsuccessful in the ballot, there are 2 further ways to get tickets for the show courts. The first is to buy an expensive hospitality package, where you will get access to some debenture tickets - these are the only sort of tickets that can be legally resold. The last way is to queue very very early to try and get a hold of the few show court tickets on sale on the gate on the day itself - as the tennis has got more popular, you have to virtually sleep out overnight to get hold of one of these tickets nowadays.
The other type of ticket is a ground ticket, which entitles you to go everywhere except for the show courts. The best value is to get a ground ticket in the first week when there are still a lot of good matches taking place on the outside courts as there are so many matches to schedule in the early part of the tournament. You can get seating on Court 3, Court 14 and Court 18 with a few seats on the other outside courts. These seats are given on a first come first served basis so go to the toilet and get there early to save a seat. Or it's sometimes worth hanging around the show courts and ask people leaving if you can have their show court ticket if they're leaving for the day.
Otherwise, these tickets are resold and you can get a cheap ticket if you arrive later in the day and queue for one of these resale tickets.
The tennis is breathtaking and trust me, it's so much different watching it live. There's also great atmosphere and it's even more fun nowadays with Hawkeye enabling players to challenge the line calls.
For a big venue, they do cope quite well with the crowds. There are a lot of fast food options with expensive strawberries and cream (cheaper to buy your own). The sit-down restaurants have to be pre-booked.
Another good spot to get crowd atmosphere is on 'Henman Hill' next to No 1 Court where they have a huge telly. However, I always think it's a bit of a waste to come to Wimbledon and watch the tennis on telly.
A few places to star spot. The players arrive and leave at the main entrance to Centre Court. Sadly, the practice courts are no longer within public view but the players sometimes knock up on one of the spare outside courts. There is a bridge connecting Centre Court and the players' canteen on the second floor that you can often spot players. The BBC Radio interview studio is also visible to the public next to Centre Court.
Another tip is to join the Church St queue as it's usually shorter as most people join the other queue as they're directed that way from Southfields station.
It truly is a fantastic day out! Game, set and match!
It's that time of year again....
Pimms is on the go, strawberries are ripening, the sun has its hat and so should you...
The world's best are currently finishing the clay court season over the Channel and soon they'll be donning their whites for the best Slam of them all...
Wimbledon is THE sporting event in the summer. And with the roof this year, there'll be no Cliff (thank God) and no reason to stay away.
What's great about going to Wimbledon is that it stays on so late that you can pop down after work, get a cheap ticket and watch the outside courts... It's easy to get to from Wimbledon train station (tube and overland) and you can wander around, watch whichever match you want and stay till close of play, when there's usually some very entertaining doubles as well as singles matches.
It's not all about Roger and Rafa on centre, you know....
Sitting amongst the quiet rural setting of suburban London is the world's most famous sporting venue...The Championships of Wimbledon.
There are 2 ways to obtain tickets to this event and neither are easy. As a foreigner; i.e. non-British citizen, you can submit an entry into the lottery and hope that you get picked to then purchase tickets. Or and this is the most fun by far, you can show up when play begins and purchase a grounds ticket for approximately $12 US. The grounds ticket will allow you to see all of the matches except for the ones taking place on Centre Court or Court No.1. If you want to gain admittance to Wimbledon this way, plan on arriving before 6am to que up with the rest of the tennis faithful who have already been queing since the previous night when play ended.
The event lasts a fortnight and there is so much history and tradition steeped in this sporting event, that everyone should make this a destination and something that they need to cross off of their "to do" list before they die. In addition to walking in the footsteps of the legends in the game of tennis, this is the only place outside of Buckingham Palace that as a tourist, you will have the opportunity to see someone from the British aristocracy, namely the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
As one of the wettest sporting events, there are often days where there is no play at all. It happened to us one of the days we got in after we had gained admittance. However, the collection of tennis fans from around the world came together in tennis' Mecca and made our 6 hour wait in the stands memorable and one I will never forget. The upside to the rain is that it may cause the need for match play on the middle Sunday of the fortnight in order to keep the event on schedule. Often the tournament directors will not charge for admission to the middle Sunday. If this happens, then access is granted to the commoners to both Centre Court and Court No.1.
I could go on and on about the best $12 I ever spent to get in at Wimbledon. I'll refrain and convey that I will treasure my memories from going to Wimbledon forever!
The AELTCC also has a museum which is open year round. During the fortnight of the Championships, only ticketholders can gain access to the museum.
Go and mingle with the true believers among the granddaddy of all sporting events...Wimbledon!
The Grand Slam is where I was this year at the Wimbledons. Most exciting sport event I've been to in a while. The spirit is crazy. I went with a friend and spent the day there getting a tan, which I don't really need. But watching the players and being part of the mexican wave was a great experience in itself. The spirit of sports truly reigns in these premises.
The strawberries and cream engulfed our tensions at the game. Its a widely spread out place with 12 courts and the main court has the bigger action. Of courses prices fr the main are also high-end. But if your pocket doesn't mind it then zoom in.
They have a museum in the premises, a curio shop and even a cafe.
It's here. And it's almost over. The two weeks of every year when people remember what that peculiar game called tennis is, and our mums and girlfriends pick up their rackets and rush to the park in the vain hope that they can emulate the grace and elegance of Chris Evert of old, or Ana Ivanovic of now. Well, what's the harm in trying . .
But if you head down to SW17 yourself, you're in for a big surprise. Actually attending the championships is one of the most memorable summer days you're likely to spend this year. Brimming with life, the whole place is like a tennis theme park, with stalls selling pimms, champagne and all kinds of food imaginable, speed of serve challenges, oh, and some world class tennis.
You're unlikely to get onto a show court if you turn up, but what people often forget is that there is tennis going on all over the place: Doubles, Mixed, Juniors et al fight it out on the outside courts, and it's all breathtakingly good. Or just pop up to Henman Hill and catch another Brit fighting for us all.
Wimbledon is one of the best of the tennis gram slams, and the only one on grass. If you can get a ticket during the tournament is a great special, the cheapest all an all day ground pass. But then you do not see and show courts, they have large screens so you can still with games on number 1 and centre court. If you want to see big games they you will need to apply for tickets soon after the event has finished, for next year as the tickets are done by a ballot. On the day you can also but return for matches that people have handed a ticket back for and gone home early
For other time of the year they have great museum if you visit out side if the Wimbledon fortnight
Take the guided tour of this place...it's amazing. For 20 pounds you can step in center court, court 1, and see lots of behind the scenes areas. Sitting in the press box was really neat, as is having your picture while seated in the same chair as all the recent winners and losers. It's a very memorable experience.
A helpful tip -- Get off the tube at the Southfields exit on the district line (green line). If you take the wimbledon or wimbledon park (which are past southfields), you have to go past the Southfields tube stop. They're farther away from the tennis club.
Perhaps I'm not quite as enthusiastic as ahunter but I still rate it 5*. As far as I know there are no other major sporting events in this country where you can still queue up to buy tickets on the day. This is what makes the wimbledon experience so special and worth experiencing.
Having said I'm not as enthusiastic, I would still definately change ends with Sue Barker. Does that work as an innuendo? Not sure it does, but didn't want to lower the tone with something about new balls...
Where else would you rather be during a british summer?
I was here yesterday,
which was the first time I've been to the first day of Wimbledon. The
atmosphere was great, the weather was perfect and the matches were fantastic.
The time goes surprisingly quickly as you're captivated by thrilling matches.
The food is of ok
quality and will cost you about £8-9 pounds without a drink. Alcohol is pricey
with a glass of Pimm's costing about £8. The classic Wimbledon strawberries and
cream are currently just under £3.00 which is very pricey for 10 strawberries;
though this year HSBC customers can get a portion for free, just show your card
at the booth to get a voucher for the stalls.
You can, most people do, bring your own food to Wimbledon. Whilst you're not
supposed to eat or drink during the match they unofficially allow you to, just
don't make a mess.
If you're looking
for a good place to lie down between matches (have an ice-cream) I recommend
going to Aorangi Terrace, colloquially known as Henman Hill/Murray mound. It's situated behind court 1 and there is a large screen for you to view the
centre court match on. If you don't have a ticket to the main courts you can
pay £20 to enter Wimbledon, with this you can you go to the unreserved seats of
If you want tickets
for Wimbledon 2013 you can apply via the public ballot from August December 2012. You have to request an application form,
which is then posted to you, I wish you could simply complete the form online
but it doesn't look like that will be an option any time soon. Tickets
start from around £35 for the early rounds and £120 for the finals. You simply
apply for tickets to Wimbledon, you can not specify which date or indeed which
round you want, you may get the early rounds or you may get final tickets,
though tickets to the finals and semis are very rare as most tickets are
allocated to businesses. You also can only apply for two tickets per person and
will know if you have been allocated tickets in February, though you don't
actually receive your tickets and see your seat number until June.
This is definitely the best place to play some tennis with friends or other members of the club. I love exercising and the fast pace of the game so it's perfect for my needs. The courts are always in excellent condition and the staff is friendly. Thank you.
This tennis club on the outskirts of London does more than host the World's most famous tennis tournament, it is also a development center for junior tennis in the UK. When I was visiting London in 2006, we stayed in the hamlet of Wimbledon and had to visit the hallowed grounds of the All England Club. Centre Court was under construction, but we walked the grounds (picked up a loose tennis ball for a souvenir) and saw all sorts of juniors honing their skills in hopes of one day walking onto Centre Court for a shot at a Grand Slam title.....for a sports fan, a must see. Hopefully next time I'll be there for strawberries and cream and some Grand Slam tennis!
I've only ever been to the club when the championships are running, but it's very well organised, clean and the catering isn't bad either. A few years ago the food there was terrible but lately it's quite good, and if you can take the time off work it makes a fabulous day out, even if you have to queue to get in (that's part of the fun) :)
Was on vacation and decided to Queue up and get in late in the afternoon on day 5 of this year's championships. The line was massive and I waited for close to 5 hours but I did get in and picked up a Centre Count seat for cheap at the resale booth and got to see a couple of sets of the last match. Despite the long wait it was worth it to be inside the grounds and to get into Centre Court.
I love watching Wimbledon on the tv every year so when i got the chance to go Centre Court at the Federer v Nadal final a few years ago I was ecstatic and couldn't wait.It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life and I would go back any day if I got the chance.Tickets are expensive but totally worth it when you get there,there is a bit of queueing to get in but everyone is in good spirits so it's not too bad.There are lots of courts that you can watch for free and you can sit on Henman Hill and watch the main match.You can also queue after 5 and try to get re-sale tickets for some of the bigger courts for a much cheaper price.A great place to visit.
Wimbledon Tennis is the best watching it on tv is no good after you have been there and watched it all live. The atmosphere, the games, the players the staff all make this a fantatsic thing to witness. amazing
Nice place & good people, the only thing is you just hope to see a good match but always like going when its on.
I have been twice to the championships and will be going this year. It is one of the best organised events in the country. Tickets on the day are very reasonable in price. The queue is long but is controlled in an organised fashion with plenty of facilities whilst you wait. Once the gates open the security is efficient and fast. The ticket booths likewise are quick. The outside courts are great for spectating and movement is fairly easy between them. The ticket resale on the show courts is the best offer in sport and potentially allow you to see the best players of all time for £5 charity donation (plus gen admission entry). Food options could be better, but generally one of the best days out for any sport/tennis fan.
I have been to Wimbledon twice and both times have been great. Even though I haven't seen any of the top seeded matches, there are plenty of great players to watch. If you go after 5pm you can queue to get in and get centre court and court 1 resale tickets for a fiver.
You can also wander in and out of the smaller matches going on and get to see plenty of people (that comes with the entrance ticket).
Wimbledon is totally amazing and I had the best day of my life so far..and that's no exaggeration!! Myself and my mom got debenture tickets for opening day on centre court. It was without a doubt an incredible experience. We went to the Roof Top bar to get drinks and have a sandwich before play began. Get your orders in early as there were many people stressing and nearly missing the start of play due to a delay in the kitchen. They only offer 3 types of sandwich but they are really good and a nice snack. There are many other seated atble served restaurants if you prefer a bigger meal. Every member of staff we met were so friendly and helpful. They were extremely accommodating when all we wanted were strawberries and champagne in the afternoon tea lounge, which has great views over some of the outer courts.
Centre court itself is simply great. The atmosphere is wonderful.
I recommend catching the buses they put on to and from the grounds as it is only £4 return and the traffic routes give priority to the buses, so it's much quicker than trying to get a taxi.
You have to go!
The All England Lawn Tennis Club & Croquet Club is a not-for-profit organisation. The taxed funds generated by The Championships, are used by the LTA to develop tennis in Great Britain. Great and competitive sports club.
Experienced my first tennis at Wimbledon yesterday and watched the first English lady, Katie O'Brien, go out, beaten by the Japanese, Date-Krumm, in the cosy, new Show Court 3. The atmosphere in the grounds is fabulous, the surroundings are so undeniably English. The whole place just buzzes with excitement. It's rather addictive since I can't wait to go again but this time I'll have to pay as I'd managed to win tickets on the Wimbledon website itself. I don't think my husband would ever agree to queuing so I can't just drag him along, nor any sane member of my family! I will have to rely on the ballot next year.... We watched queues forming of fans outside the clubhouse, hoping to catch a glimpse of Nadal, but my impatient husband pulled me from the scrum! It's brilliant fun with the unpredictable Engllish weather adding to the mix - it just happened that the forecasters were right for once as the rain came down bang on cue at 5 pm. Also, as an avid gardener, I just love the co-ordinated flowers - the displays are truly beautiful.
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