Barnet – Underhill

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underhill barnetThe Underhill Stadium was the smallest Football League ground in London, and home of Barnet FC from 1907 to 2013 before their relegation from the Football League and move the The Hive stadium from the 2013/14 season.

As well as being the home of Barnet FC, it is used for Arsenal reserve games. The ground is famous for its slope from North to South. Underhill has seven stands, giving a capacity of 5,570.

The club recently opened a new 1,000 seater South Stand at the bottom end of the ground, replacing a temporary structure which had stood for over 10 years. The East Terrace is split into three sections, with the home fans allocated the two southernmost parts and the remaining section allocated to away supporters. Adjacent to the East Terrace stands the North East Family Stand with covered seating for away supporters. The tiny North Terrace backs onto Westcombe Drive. The Main Stand is flanked by two smaller stands, the North West Terrace and Family Stand.

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How to get to Underhill

By Road:
underhill directionsThe Underhill Stadium is located in Barnet Lane, Barnet EN5 2DN.

Drivers from all routes should follow the M25 as far as junction 23, taking the A1081 towards Barnet. After about 3 miles, the A1081 becomes the A1000. Carry straight on and the ground is at the bottom of Barnet Hill, near its junction with Station Road (A110).


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By Rail:
barnet train stationThe nearest tube station is High Barnet, on the Northern Line, which is a 5-minute walk from the ground. The nearest overland train station is New Barnet, a 15-minute walk from Underhill. This station is served by trains from London Kings Cross, which are quicker than the tube, with a journey time of about 20 minutes. Bus services 84, 107 and 384 run from New Barnet to Underhill every 15 minutes. Alternatively, on exiting New Barnet station, turn right and then left into Station Road. At the traffic lights opposite the cinema, turn right onto Barnet Hill. On passing under the railway bridge, the ground is visible on the left, behind the Old Red Lion pub. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is London City, at a distance of 14½ miles. Travellers can reach New Barnet station by taking the Docklands Light Railway to Canning Town, the tube to King’s Cross, changing at London Bridge and the overland train thereafter. Click here to check the current flight times

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

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Where to Park?

underhill parkingAway fans recommend parking in the reasonably priced car park at High Barnet tube station, which is well signposted from the surrounding area. Otherwise, there appears to be plenty of street parking within easy walking distance of the ground.

Away Friendly Pubs near Underhill

pubs near underhill stadiumThere are several good pubs near the ground. The Old Red Lion, just behind the north entrance to Underhill, is a favorite with visiting fans. Away fans are also welcomed in the pubs on Barnet Hill; the King John and the Moon Under Water at the top, and the Weaver and the Queen’s Arms at the bottom. For rail travellers, the Railway Bell, directly opposite New Barnet station offers a wide range of beers.

Hotels near Underhill

holiday inn london elstreeThe Holiday Inn London Elstree, Barnet Bypass, Borehamwood WD6 5PU is just off the A1 and close to both the M1 and M25 motorways. London Heathrow airport is within 20 miles. The hotel appears ideal for short breaks at competitive prices. Guest reviews suggest a clean, modern hotel with good facilities and pleasant, efficient staff. The Underhill Stadium is 2½ miles away.

The Comfort Hotel Finchley, 3 Leisure Way, High Road, Finchley, Barnet, London N12 0QZ offers quality accommodation at value-for-money prices, within 3 miles of the Underhill Stadium. Guest reviews suggest that it is ideal for a one-night stay, with an excellent location, helpful staff and good food.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans barnetThe few reports available from visiting fans suggest that a trip to the Underhill Stadium is perhaps not one of the better days out in League Two. Visiting fans have received friendly welcomes at the King John and Railway Bell pubs, which had both home and away supporters, though there was reportedly little interaction between rival fans. Some away fans have complained of lengthy queues to get into the ground, caused by only 2 turnstiles being in operation. These delays have resulted in some visitors missing as much as 20 minutes of the first half. Once inside the ground, fans report that there is little atmosphere, due to the poor acoustics.

The view of the pitch is poor, especially when the play is in the northeast corner. The toilets are small and dirty and there is only one burger bar serving food. Visitors from sides with a large away following report spending more time queuing for the toilets and food than watching the match. Some have reached the front of the burger bar queue to find it sold out. Despite good overall experiences, fans report the ground as one of the worst in League Two. While its age adds character, the general stadium condition is reported to be poor.

Your comments about Barnet – Underhill


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  1. Stuart

    I disagree with the comments above. I recently visited Underhill and it was a very nice experience. Our coaches got lost in the city centre but the kick off was delayed which was nice of the referee to do so. Try to avoid going through the city centre and if you are on a coach, Barnet has green zone emission areas and some roads are very narrow which coaches will not be able to pass.
    Once at Underhill the stewards were very friendly and helpful and the catering was superb with the catering bar located on the terrace so there is no going into the stand/behind it and you can keep watching the game whilst being served. There is a large section of standing but there are some seats for away fans. There are good views of the pitch as well.
    Howver the Barnet fans were vey quiet and although we had taken a large number of fans from Morecambe we still managed to outsing them like we were at home. However, I like this ground and would definitley go again.


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  3. Lewis

    Overall I enjoyed my day at Barnet although it was hard to find the ground the stewards were very strict on certain things but quite friendly the food (burger) was nice and it wasnt too expensive although ive seen better. I was happy that Morecambe won on the nice sunny day and this seemed to make the Barnet fans want to be quiet as they didnt make much noise. My final comment is that i would definately go again but it doesnt look like we will be cause there going down!!


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  5. JK

    A nice experience overall, street parking very popular, The old red lion is a good choice of pubs but need to get in there quick and double up on rounds as it gets busy.
    We were in the terraced section, have to stand close to the front to see whole pitch, Food and drink the cheapest I can recall.


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  7. Mark

    Not the best ground in the league, facilites ok but nothing to write home about. We was here on bank holiday monday. The staff were very friendly and parking is easy on the roads round the ground.


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  9. jamie worth

    The worst ground ive visited in league 2, poor home support, the stewards were very harsh and the facilites were bad. It didnt help that we lost 4-0, making it the worst away trip ive had.


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  11. Steve

    Couldn’t disagree more with the comments above. Barnet is one of my top away days. Plenty of places to eat and drink around the ground and easy to get to and park. The ground itself has real character and makes a nice change from some of the identikit modern stadiums. You can get a good atmosphere in the away terrace althought it’s true that it can be hard to get a good view of the whole pitch. There may be a queue for the refreshments but, unlike at most grounds, you can see the game from the queue so not really a problem.


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  13. Chris Bramley

    I’ve had many trips to underhill over the years, bit of a dump but i like it for a reason i cant put my finger on!

    i usually travel by tube as its not too far from dagenham, but have travelled by coach and that was fine as well.

    the pub near the ground that lets in away fans (red lion i think?), is a nice pub and daggers fans have always produced a quality atmosphere in there, but the bar staff are worse than useless. and the manager also thought that saying “we only have 2 staff today” was an excuse for very slow service on a match day. i mean come one, your pub is going to be rammed for a couple of hours most saturdays, employ at least one more barman/lady.

    the police have always been very good at barnet as well. always up for some banter and a laugh

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