The 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.
How to get to Underhill
The 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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The 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
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
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?
Away 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
There 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
The 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.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip?
The 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.