Fulham – Craven Cottage

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craven cottageCraven Cottage is an all seater stadium, with a capacity approaching 26,500, making it one of the Premiership’s smallest grounds.

When Fulham reached the Premiership for the 2001-02 season, they still had terraced areas in the ground, running contrary to Football League regulations that stadia in the top two divisions of the English pyramid system must be all seater. By April 2002 no improvements had been made, resulting in a move to Loftus Road, home of local rivals QPR.

Partial redevelopment of the stadium enabled the club to return to their “spiritual home” for the 2004-05 season. The Putney End is the southernmost stand in the ground. Away fans are generally allocated part of this stand, though for matches against better supported sides, the whole Putney End is allocated to visiting fans.

One side of the Putney End, adjacent to the away fans section, is an area for “neutral” fans, which contains a cosmopolitan mix of home, away and neutral fans. Overlooking the ground from one corner, between the Johnny Haynes Stand and Putney End, is the unique Cottage Pavilion building, though the original cottage was demolished many years ago. The original Cottage resulted from an oversight by architect Archibald Leitch, who omitted to include changing rooms in his final plans.

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How to get to Craven Cottage

By Road:
craven cottage directionsThe Craven Cottage stadium is located in Stevenage Road, London SW6 6H, next to Bishops Park on the banks of the Thames.

Drivers arriving from the North are advised to follow the A1/M1 as far as the A406 North Circular Road. Thereafter, follow signage for Harlesdon / A404, following the A219 to Hammersmith. Upon reaching Hammersmith Broadway, follow signage for Fulham, turning right after a mile into Harboard Street. A left turn at its end leads to Craven Cottage.

From the South and East, the South Circular (A205) route is recommended, following signage for Putney Bridge (A219), crossing the bridge and following signs for Hammersmith for ½ mile, turning left into Bishops Park Road, then right at its end. Drivers arriving from the West can follow the M4 as far as the A4, branching left after 2 miles onto Hammersmith Broadway, following signage for Fulham, turning right into Harboard Street after a mile, then left at its end. The following map can provide directions from all UK locations and may well prove useful in locating parking and recommended pubs.

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By Rail:
fulham train stationThe nearest tube station is Putney Bridge on the District Line, a 15-minute walk from Craven Cottage. Putney Bridge station has regular connections to all London’s mainline stations. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Heathrow is the nearest airport, some 14 miles from Craven Cottage. At the Heathrow tube station, take a Piccadilly Line connection towards Cockfosters. Change at Earl’s Court, heading for Wimbledon and disembarking at Putney Bridge. The total journey time is less than an hour. Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in London 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?

craven cottage parkingOn-street parking near Craven Cottage is restricted to just one hour on match days and thus unsuitable for visiting fans. Some on-street parking is available, to early arrivals, on the far side of Fulham Palace Road. However, these areas are controlled by Local Authority parking meters and the vast majority of visiting fans have advised the use of public transport to get to Craven Cottage.

Craven Cottage Tours

Red Letter Days offer a tour of Craven Cottage, including a three-course lunch. The tour is a must for all Fulham fans, and worthwhile for early arrivals and visiting supporters too with the opportunity to go behind the scenes, visiting the dressing rooms, dug outs, the cottage balcony, corporate hospitality areas and press facilities. After the tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course lunch served in the George Cohen restaurant. At the time of writing, the tour cost £45 and lasted approximately 2 and a half hours.

Away Friendly Pubs near Craven Cottage

pubs near craven cottage stadiumSome of the pubs near the ground have been designated home supporters only and visiting fans have advised caution in selecting a pub for a pre-match drink. Near the stadium, The Zulu Bar, on Fulham High Street has received several good reviews from visiting fans. The Eight Bells, near Putney Bridge tube station is also recommended, as is The Larrik, a little further along Fulham High Street.

Several pubs to the South of the Thames, in Putney, have also been recommended. The Dukes Head, in Lower Richmond Road, is recommended, providing excellent food and offering views over the Thames. The Bricklayers Arms, in Waterman Street, offers excellent real ales. However, pubs on this side of the river are a good 20-minute walk from the ground.

Hotels near Craven Cottage

best western lodge londonThe 3-star Best Western Lodge, 52-54 Upper Richmond Road, Putney SW15 2RN is just over a mile from Craven Cottage and has received consistently excellent guest reviews. It is expensive, but ideally located in South-West London, with excellent nearby transport links. Free on-site parking is provided.

ibis london earls courtThe Ibis London Earls Court, 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD charges by the room, rather than guest and may prove a better alternative from a financial perspective. Within a 5-minute walk of Earls Court tube station on the District and Piccadilly Lines, just an 8-minute ride from Putney Bridge station. Undercover parking is available at a reasonable charge.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Craven Cottage?

away fans fulhamMany visiting fans have remarked that the redeveloped Craven Cottage has a pleasing blend of new and old features, conferring individuality and character. The majority of away fans have found that adequate facilities and pleasant surroundings make Craven Cottage a good day out.

Many visitors have noted the pleasant atmosphere within the ground, with home and away fans mixing freely at the Putney End. On the downside, supporting pillars impede the view of play from certain areas of the away end. Visitors have also remarked upon an overly large presence of mounted police and dog handlers around the ground, despite no signs of any trouble whatsoever.

8 thoughts on “Fulham – Craven Cottage”

  1. Came to watch Fulham v Birmingham city 21/2/2010, which was a sunday. Had a really good day & came on the supporter coaches. Normally the coaches park right next to the away entrance/exit, but as its a Sunday coaches have to park on the Fulham palace road in a random locations on the street, due something to do with the local residents. we took 7 coaches that day & struggled to find a location to park. All the coaches were parked differant areas of the road. Would be ineresting to see when some club brings 20/30 coaches on a Sunday what would happen?

    The day out was a good day bar the 2-1 defeat, though it is unusual to share bars & toilets under neath with rival fans.
    The view is ok though the atmosphere was pants really from both sets of fans, the stewarding was relaxed & had a few good chats with Fulham fans who were friendly & one bought me a beer!!! Fair play.

    I recomend a trip to Fulham & will be attending again this season.

    1. We also had this problem with the coaches, as Swindon took over 20 coaches for this game (FA Cup 3rd Round a couple of years ago). This was a Saturday 3pm k.o. and was still had to park on the main road. It was chaos as the whole road was completely blocked up. They need to do something to sort it out. Otherwise it was a great trip.

  2. i have been two fulham in last 3 season and they have been good days i got the train this season
    and stayed 2 days in mates the fulham fans r vary nice fans its famley club
    last seson and season before i what in car with my mates parking is nightmare so get tarin r coach
    and if what a pie go down 10 minters before half time you can not movie down there
    but fulham is one my best away

  3. Visited 3/4/11 to see Jason Puncheon who plays for Blackpool & used to play for MKDons. Blackpool lost 3-0 but was a friendly game. We sat in the Neutral Putney End but there was both home and away fans there. There was no trouble & I think everyone enjoyed the match. Warm sunny day but as it was a long walk back to the car I wouldn’t be so happy ona rainy Tuesday night.

  4. Went this season for the away game at the cottage, walked from hammersmith tube – walkable, but not ideal! Getting back afterwards wasn’t great, ended up walking to earl’s court, as putney bridge tube was mental! during the game though, really friendly place, with (even for local neighbours) good spirit between the home and away fans. Little to no atmosphere within the ground, as others have remarked on, but a quaint old charm to the ground, and a good evening on the whole.

  5. Probably my favorite away day, choice of boozers, Thames, quirky little ground, home fans are quiet though. Lucky we’re not!

  6. No where to drink before the game. Closest place was a pub about a 15 minute walk away, I think it was called the Crabtree or something, a pint of larger cost me £6! can tell you’re in west london put it that way!
    Nothing to do before the game, not allowed into the stands until 45 minutes before the game.

    The concept of the Putney end is good, the fans mixing makes for a bit of banter, but their is virtually no home atmosphere what so ever! Us City fans sang all the way through and were especially happy with a late Dzecko winner!

    Have to say though, didnt have the best of away days, just didnt really feel the atmosphere there, its good if you’re into a pleasant day out I suppose, just not my cup of tea.

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