Aston Villa – Villa Park

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Villa Park is an all seater stadium, with a capacity in excess of 43,000. It is the home stadium of Aston Villa FC.

The stadium has virtually been rebuilt since the late 1970s, making it one of the better Premiership grounds, and with it’s close proximity to the motorway in the center of the coutry, easily accessible for fans of most clubs.

The two-tiered Doug Ellis Stand was opened prior to Villa Park acting as one of the host stadia for Euro ’96. Away supporters are allocated one side of this stand, towards the North end, on both upper and lower tiers.


How to get to Villa Park

By Road:
villa park directionsVilla Park is located in Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6HE.

Visiting fans driving from the North should exit the M6 at junction 7, following the Walsall Road (A34) in a southerly direction. Turn left towards the University of Central England (signposted) and follow the signs for the A4040 to Witton. Take the first exit at the main roundabout, from where directions to Villa Park are clearly signposted.

Fans driving from the South should exit the M1 at junction 19 and join the M6. Exit at junction 6 onto the A38(M). Take the first right into Victoria Road and right at the roundabout into Witton Road, following signage to Villa Park.


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By Rail:
aston villa train stationThe nearest main line station is Birmingham New Street. Away fans should then catch a connection to either Aston or Witton station, the trip taking about 15 minutes. Aston station is about a 10 minute walk from the ground, while Witton is a mere stone’s throw from the away end of Villa Park. On exiting Witton station, turn left and go as far as the first roundabout. On turning left into Witton Lane, the entrance to the away section is at the nearest corner of the ground. There are numerous extra trains to both Aston and Witton stations on match days. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Birmingham International, which has frequent train connections to Birmingham New Street station. Alternatively, Villa Park is a half hour taxi ride from the airport. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Birmingham that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

aston villa fc parkingOn-street parking is limited due to a residents’ only parking scheme operating in the streets around Villa Park. A traffic exclusion zone also operates around the ground on match days, for an hour or so either side of kick-off. However, the club has worked hard, in liaison with local third parties, to provide off-street parking on match days. Reasonably priced, supervised parking is available near the Cap and Gown pub (see below).

Away Friendly Pubs near Villa Park

pubs near villa park stadiumPubs in the immediate vicinity of Villa Park are very partisan and cannot be classed as “away friendly.” However, there are some excellent away friendly pubs a little further away. The Barton Arms, on Aston High Street, is about a 15 minute walk from the ground. It is one of Birmingham’s better pubs, located in a Grade 2 Listed building, and has received excellent reviews for the range of ales and food on offer.

The Harriers, on Broadway, is also recommended and is some 10 minutes walk from the ground. The Cap and Gown is only a couple of minutes walk from the ground and allocates half the pub to visiting fans, even providing a separate entrance for away supporters. However, it does charge a £2 admission fee.

Hotels near Villa Park

copthorne birminghamThe Copthorne Hotel Birmingham, Paradise Circus, Birmingham, B3 3HJ is located in Birmingham city centre, within a short walk of New Street station and Birmingham’s various attractions. On-site parking is available at extra charge. holiday inn express birmingham

The Express by Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Lionel Street, Birmingham, B3 1JE is also situated in the heart of Birmingham, within easy reach of the city’s main attractions and Birmingham New Street railway station. On-site parking is available at extra charge.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Villa Park?

away fans aston villaMany visiting fans noted the excellent, friendly atmosphere with no hostility from the home fans, either in the city centre or ground and superb acoustics in the away end. The Doug Ellis Stand has been popular with most visiting fans, who have commented on the good facilities, seat legroom and view of the play.

Stewards were found to have a relaxed, friendly attitude. The club’s efforts at providing off-street parking were also praised. On the downside, several visiting fans were disappointed that no alcohol was on sale in the away section. Others were concerned that the small amount of space between home and away fans could be a potential source of crowd trouble.

Your comments about Aston Villa – Villa Park


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  1. Tony Stout

    On a recent visit to Villa in the the carling cup second leg,We arrived at the ground on the official club away transport,there was 28 official coaches plus other private coaches and cars.We were about the 10th coach to arrive. We disembarked from our coach and went directly to the Cap and Gown.On arrival we were told the pub was full and no more would be allowed in.We asked a police man where else was available we were told to go to the ground and get a drink there.DONT FALL FOR THIS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT SELL ALCOHOL TO AWAY FANS???????????.Does this mean that when their fans go to away games they’re not allowed to drink,OR is this discrimenation against away fans visiting villa??????


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  3. Jon

    Tony, a fellow Rovers fan has said that away fans don’t have a bar for alcohol at Villa Park. This is the case at most of the grounds I’ve visited around the country as an away fan. This doesn’t in anyway discriminate, but prevents any possible trouble. The ground is a few minutes walk from Witton Station so you can travel to the outskirts of the city & park your car at a nearby station in one of the towns off the M42. Villa is like all London grounds (except Barnet) where public transport is the only thing to use & a lot cheaper too. There’s also a a few shops selling food & snacks that are a hell of a lot cheaper than inside the ground


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    • Tony Daley

      Are all Blackburn fans as weird as this? By the way, you bring about 50 fans to Villa Park, you have no right to say anything.


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  5. unity club

    there is a venue open about 20 mins walk or if you want to catch the bus then it actually stops outside the villa ground and takes 5mins to get there.it is a friendly club welcoming all away fans to enjoy a drink before the game.i will consider all official club transport away fans and need to talk to thier representives of what i can offer them.there is ample parking spaces for coaches and cars alike.so if you want a nice drink before the game.remember unity club is the place to be.it has plasmas showing all games.


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  7. Jonny

    We went to Villa on Boxing day 2010. On previous advice we went to the Cap and Gown, this however is now known as ‘The Witton Arms’. We did think that part of the pub was sectioned off for away supporters. We were charged £2 entry and directed around the side of the pub to the back bar. We were then told to move through to the main bar as it was getting extremely busy. On entering the main bar it was full of Tottenham fans. I assume that the whole pub is now for away fans on match days. This pub sits at the end of the road from the away end at Villa Park. If you turn around with your back to the turnstyles, go left and head towards a roundabout by the Aston Hotel and you will see ‘The Witton Arms’ on your right. It less than a 2 minute walk from the Away end. Good day had by all.


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  9. gary

    Birmingham broad street is a short taxi journey away from villa park or the train is only two stops from new street . The ground is a good premiership ground the food is rubbish & the atmosphere is rubbish they think they are a big club shame


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  11. rovers

    a very old ground it was like something from the 16th century narrow staircases and there stewards wouldnt let us sing. No beer was served and to top it all off as we were getting back on the coach we were pelted with rocks, stones and bricks with not a policeman in sight it was a very enjoyable game but there fans took it too far.


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  13. callum

    On a trip to villa park back in 2009 I found the area around the ground very friendly as home and away fans mixed freely. The atmosphere inside the ground from the villa fans was dissapointing and i found it was the everton fans making all the noise. The stewards were extremely friendly and enjoyed a laugh with us scousers. Sadly when the game had finished however the mood soured as a couple of young black youths (who I’m guessing hadn’t attended the match) decided to throw stones at the everton coaches which understandably wasn’t met with the warmest regard from the fiery merseysiders. I haven’t been back to villa since but i would like to return for a saturday fixture to see if the atmosphere was any better as I myself also find it hard to get up for a sunday home game!


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  15. Dave

    The Heart Lands Social club,this venue is about 15 minute walk to Villa Park, 6 minutes from Aston Train station,3 minutes in the car off spaghetti junction and star city entertainment complex. It has a friendly atmosphere which welcomes away fans to have a relaxing drink; food is available as well as pool tables and plasma TVs with the latest football on show. Parking is also available and there is no admission fee. Check the website for further details. http://heartlandssocial.co.uk/about-us.php


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  17. Joe

    Visited last season as an away fan with man united, decent atmosphere although most was ceated by the away section, there was no trouble in or outside the ground. went into the main pub next to the ground not wearing united colours so everything was okay, on a whole a great day out.


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  19. Alex

    I travelled to Villa Park with a large contingent of the 2800 Canaries fans to watch this enthralling game. Really impressed by the police escort given to the official away coaches both getting to and leaving the ground and stopping traffic to give us a clear passage through. This meant that we were back in Norwich by 8.30 in the evening.

    Found a pub approx 15 minutes walk from the ground where away fans are made welcome, although they don’t serve real ale, they had a good range of beers and Magner’s on draught. From the ground, with the Doug Ellis stand on your left, walk down the road and you’ll see the Witton Arms and a Tesco store straight ahead, turn right there so that the Witton Arms is on your left and keep going past the park for approx half a mile and you’ll see the ‘Yew Tree’ on the right.

    The home fans were only really singing when they were winning and enjoyed some good banter with them.

    Top marks to the police and stewards on duty at Villa Park, as well as the home fans for making my first visit to an away ground in the Premier League a very enjoyable experience. Toilets and catering facilities were really good, though no alcohol available in the ‘away’end. Can’t comment on the legroom, as we were all standing for the entire match and didn’t see any stewards actually amongst the fans.


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  21. Paul

    I went to Villa Park in 2009, i remember thinking that each individual stand was huge, the Holte end is certainly a beast, and the home fans create a massive wall of sound when Villa attack. Its a very good stadium, but the atmosphere can go a little down hill at times, pretty much like any other premier ground then


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  23. Chris

    Well for my first trip to Villa Park i have to say was a ver nice well build staduim and i went to villa gift shop to test the waters of the Midlands and staff were friendly as for pubs for away fans it was the Witton Arms which is a bout a few minutes from the ground as a massive footie fan again i would advise Villa Park for a good day sadly my team lost as for the legroom not bad even though i was standing the whole match.

    But my bad points was no alchol in the away end and the Witton Arms was expensive but all i would say go to Villa Park for the experience.


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  25. Andy Thompson

    Hi. I’m the licensee of the White Lion pub in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. It’s a very Villa orientated pub but both family and Female friendly, it’s also ‘away fan’ friendly too. We’re literally 20 minutes from the ground by train and the train station is but a 3 minute walk.

    Four Oaks is a lovely, affluent and friendly area. I would like to offer my service and pub, as a multi- award winning licensee, for consideration for both home and away fans to use when visiting their team. Coaches are most welcome.

    Cheers for now
    Andy.


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  27. chris

    First visit to villa park was a good experience we arrived at villa at about 1pm in the witton arms which is a away fans pub also there is a tesco along the road from it. Atmosphere in the ground was pretty poor from the villa fans and was a lot of empty seats. Very nice stadium and good result for newcastle bit hostility in ground but nothing really . Would recommend villa park to anyone. Overall good day out


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    • chris

      the game was aston villa vs newcastle united


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  29. Gav

    Visited Villa Park in August 2014 with Newcastle for our first away trip of the season. It was a 12-45 kick off and after arriving at New Street at about 11 we had a couple of pints and headed up to the ground. Don’t expect to get a drink in the bars by the ground because away fans won’t get in and you won’t get one in the ground either.
    After a crap 0-0 draw we headed back into Birmingham City centre which is a good day out if you like a drink before getting the train back at 7-30. Villa’s a decent day out and a good ground with a decent view from the away section and the locals are friendly enough, the atmosphere isn’t great and the gate was just over 30,000 which is poor considering it was their first home game of the season.


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  31. Tarkus

    I’m trying to get tickets for the Villa v Chelsea game. Chelsea have sold out their official allocation of tickets. As a Chelsea fan will I be ok sitting elsewhere in the Doug Ellis stand?


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  33. Chris

    My 2nd trip started at quater to 6 and me and my sister went to Mcdonalds first for breakfast and we set off at half 8 in the morning, and by 10 past 1 we arrived at Villa Park we went to gift shop for a pennant for my sister as a bit of memorbilla and then headed for the Witton Arms which cost me 2 pound and then me and my sister entered the staduim in the upper tier and it ended a 2-2 draw it was my sister 1st away day but a good journey for me and my sister.

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