Wembley Stadium

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wembley stadiumWembley is the home of the England national team, as well as the venue for the finals of domestic cup competitions and League playoffs.

The new stadium was due to open in August 2005, but various delays meant it was not completed until March 2007, costing £737 million to construct. The most striking external feature of the stadium is “The Arch,” towering some 133 metres above it. Actually a load-bearing frame for the stands’ roofs, constructed of white tubular steel, it can be seen right across London and is particularly spectacular at night when lit.

bobby moore statue wembleyThe stadium is a totally enclosed, three-tiered structure with the sides being slightly larger than the ends. These sides are semi-circular in construction. The side stands have large upper and lower tiers. A smaller middle tier overhangs the lower tier, with executive boxes at its rear. The stadium has an all-seater capacity of 90,000. One-third of the roof is moveable to protect spectators in inclement weather.

A bronze statue of (thus far) Englands only World Cup winning skipper, Bobby Moore, overlooks Wembley Way.



How to get to Wembley Stadium

By Road:
wembley stadium directionsWembley Stadium is located in Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0DS.

The stadium is just off the A406 North Circular Road and is well signed from both the M1 and M40 motorways. However, Wembley is definitely a “public transport” venue, due to the large volumes of traffic in the area (see Where to Park? below).


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By Rail:
wembley park tube stationWembley Park tube station, which is served by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines, is about a 10-minute walk from the stadium.

Wembley Central station is slightly further from the stadium, but is served by both tube (Bakerloo Line) and overland trains (from London Euston). Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Heathrow International is the most convenient airport. Air travellers should take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington, catch a Bakerloo Line tube to Baker Street and a Metropolitan Line tube to Wembley Park. Total journey time is just under an hour. Click here to check the current flight times

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

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Where to Park?

wembley stadium parkingThere is very limited parking available at the stadium and a residents’ only parking scheme operates in the surrounding roads. Visiting fans have recommended parking at one of the tube stations on the Jubilee Line (Stanmore) or Metropolitan Line (Hillingdon, Ruislip or Uxbridge) and catching the tube to Wembley Park.


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Pubs near Wembley Stadium

pubs near wembley stadiumPubs near the stadium become uncomfortably overcrowded on match days. Visiting fans advise that a pre-match drink in Central London may be advisable before travelling to the stadium. Pubs near Harrow on the Hill tube station (3 stops from Wembley Park) also appear popular with visitors.

A short walk away is The Green Man pub, set on a hill overlooking Wembley. They offer reasonably priced drinks and during reasonable weather also fire up a BBQ for fans to enjoy. There is a good atrmosphere leading up to the game, however it can get crowded inside therefore taking a while to get served.


Hotels near Wembley Stadium

quality hotel wembleyThe Quality Hotel Wembley, Empire Way, Wembley, Brent, London HA9 0NH is conveniently located just a few minutes walk from Wembley Stadium and a short walk away from Wembley Park tube station. Easily accessible from the M1 and M40, the hotel is also convenient for drivers, as free car parking is available on-site to guests. All rooms have air conditioning and are equipped with en suite bathrooms and standard 3-star facilities.

The Wembley Plaza, Empire Way, Wembley, Brent, London HA9 8DS offers a unique location next door to the Wembley Stadium and Arena. It is only a few minutes drive from the North Circular (A406) and just 10 minutes from the M1. All major routes including the M25, M4, M3, A40 and A10 are easily accessible. Central London is only 7 minutes’ train ride away and Heathrow Airport a 20 minute drive.

The Express By Holiday Inn London Park Royal, Victoria Road, North Acton, Ealing, London W3 6UP is located outside the congestion-charging zone, 2 minutes’ walk from North Acton London Underground station, which offers direct access to the centre of London in 15 minutes. Heathrow Airport is only 15 miles (24 km) away. The M40, M1, M4 and A4 motorways are within easy reach. Guest reviews note an excellent location and helpful staff.

What have other Fans said about their trip?

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The vast majority of fans have been extremely impressed by Wembley Stadium, both in terms of looks and the facilities offered. All seats in the stadium reportedly offer excellent views of play. The top tier is particularly steep, but the angle ensures that the spectators feel close to the action. Concourses are spacious, with flat-screen TVs, merchandise outlets and betting facilities. Strategically positioned lighting helps to provide a modern, stylish environment.

The only reported downside is that the choice of food and drink is limited for such a prestigious venue and the products offered are very expensive.

Your comments about Wembley Stadium

  1. John

    My first visit to “New” Wembley (my only previous visit to “Old” Wembley being in 1996) was for an England friendly against Andorra, which England won comfortably 4-0.

    The stadium is amazing, truly stunning, and immense – there’s a LOT more legroom than there used to be in the old stadium, but we were “up in the gods”, and although you get a great view of the play unfolding, you’re too far away to tell certain players apart (“is that Frank Lampard or Stewart downing warming up?”), and you have a strange sense of distance/angles – quite often we thought shots had skimmed the post only to see on the replay that it had gone three feet wide/over.

    The food prices are criminal – you can’t buy chips on their own, only as part of a “meal deal”, which basically means handing over £8.50 for a burger and chips!! Needless to say, we went hungry!

    Roads were gridlocked for nearly two hours after the game, so don’t expect to make a quick getaway!

  2. Rich

    I have been to Wembley following my club side and also Engalnd regularly – the Wembley Stadium Station is well run in terms of getting away,and I would advise travelling supporters from the North to park in Beaconsfield (Jnc 2 M40) and get a return train to Wembley stadium station (about £6 if you book early) and you can beat the motorway traffic afterwards without paying the ludicrous Wembley parking prices and there is no need to leave prior to thye final whistle to do so.

    The prices for food and beer in and around the ground are ridiculous.

  3. Andy Wilson

    Went there last week for the carling cup final and what a ground.Loads of leg room very nice and polite stewards.The best pub we found was the green man its about 5 mins from wembley .It took an age to get a drink because it was so packed.They had 3 huge tents with a dj and 3 bars to serve you and they also had a bbq.Can get very rowdy in there so check what team have been given the pub.The doormen were also great.

  4. George Edwards

    Wembley can be a nightmare for travelling to/from. Whilst the seats are comfortable, the food and drink is barely edible and you need a bank loan to pay the high prices. The pitch is very poor and generally organisation and atmosphere inside the ground is no very good.
    When compared to Cardiff, Wembley is a very poor third.

  5. tom andrews

    wembley is a great staduim probably the best in the united kingdom and pompey beating tottenham 2-0 made even more sweeter easy enough getting there but food prices are terrible 9 quid for chicken and chips but overall good day out even better if you get to go back their for a final.

  6. Dave

    if you have to drive, don’t drive all the way to Wembley! parking is non existent! park outside of town and train/tube it the rest of the way. for a pre match drink, don’t bother around Wembley, Finchley Road is a stop away on the tube and there are a good few pubs there, but still give yourself an hour to make it to your seat! once inside the ground beer is no more expensive than it is in central London, food is extortionate and the views are great wherever you sit. the lower tier is far superior to the upper though! if visiting Wembley is not a regular occurence then spend the extra money on lower tier tickets, the view, atmosphere and whole experience is much better than in the heavens – you won’t regret it.

  7. Grant

    As fantastic as the new stadium looks it also has it’s floors. It still feels a bit ‘to new’ and lacks any real chracter or atmosphere! The food & drink is also very overpriced so don’t even bother buying in there! Twice i have visited with my club and i’ve also seen numerous of gigs there where the stewarding has been heavy handed and over the top! Despite all this the views are very good even in the upper tiers & the concourses are very spacious. Don’t believe the hype as it can leave you very underwhelmed. Millenium stadium is far better in my opinion!

  8. jk

    I was lucky enough to see my ‘local’ Team at wembley early on in NEW wembley’s life, unfortunately we played ‘Thugs utd’ and had a mare!
    However once in the safety of the ground you can’t help but admire the layout, view, facilities etc though like most people i would go hungry before buying the food.

    I have also watched the national side and a rugby match there and haven’t seen an atmosphere yet, but i think thats the way sport in general is going now.

  9. Luke

    I’ve been to Wembley on 3 occasions, each time supporting the losing side and all 7 goals I’ve seen scored were scored at the opposite end to where I was sitting. So understandably my experiences of Wembley are hardly fond in that respect.

    Pros: It is a nice large stadium with good leg room and a good vessel to generate atmosphere in on a big occasion. Coach parking is right outside the ground and is easy to get to.

    Cons: The surrounding areas of Wembley stadium are hardly picturesque, well as picturesque as an industrial estate would allow. You are better off visiting pubs further away from the stadium itself as they tend to fill up quickly and the takeaways run out of food and are quite expensive. I remember on each occasion, being stuck to find bins outside the stadium and with the large police presence patrolling the surrounding areas of Wembley, littering probably isn’t the best idea. The food inside the ground is overpriced and of low quality.

  10. Alby

    I’ve been twice.
    In 2008 for the JPT final and 2010 to see England take on Mexico.
    I have to say whilst impressed with the stadium and getting in and out with considerable ease, I was shocked by the stewarding:
    At the England match I was high up in the top tier, and I left 10 minutes early from the FIRST half in order to get a drink as it was an incredibly hot evening in May, this resulted in me missing Mexico’s goal.
    I was last in line to be served and they decided to close down the stall leaving me drink-less (I was going to pay a ridiculous price for a drink btw, I was that thirsty.) and got back into my seat to find out Glen Johnson had netted for England.

    This resulted in me missing 2 goals, and not even getting my drink. England didn’t even go on to score a 4th for me ;-)

    Later on around 10 minutes from the end, as I was on a school trip I was told to go to the toilet then so I didnt face an uphill battle that I wouldn’t win at the final whistle.
    I went, and came back, and whilst going back to my seat I was denied entry back into the seating area for no reason whatsoever by the Steward. He told me I was ‘to leave the stadium’ but I insisted staying and being allowed back as I was on a school trip. I missed the rest of the match, not being allowed to cheer my country off to South Africa, missing 2 goals too, not even getting a drink as they decided to close the stall 3 minutes into the second half.

    My 2008 trip to Wembley for the JPT final was a brilliant experience but I don’t remember too much in terms of stewarding and prices of food as I was only young and my Dad took care of all that, but he told me prices were atrocious, and stewarding was equally as poor.

  11. Jonnyboy

    I went to Wembley last season for the League Cup Final, and to be honest, it lacked the atmosphere of the old Wembley. Falling to bits the old Wembley may have been, but it felt like a football stadium. The new one feels, well, like an indoor arena, not a football ground. Yes, the view was excellent, yes, we all know it is horrifically expensive, but, to be honest, it doesn’t feel right for a football ground. The arch over the top? Neat but looks unimaginative compared to the old towers. Next time there is an England game ot a cup final they may as well hold it in the NEC rather than Wembley, because I couldn’t tell the difference. Oh yes, it is still a damn damn damn nightmare getting there.

  12. Lesley Walker

    Been lucky enough to get to Wembley several times with my team. The location of the stadium is dreadful – it should have been in the Midlands. We’ve travelled there by car, train, and plane and its a nightmare to get to whichever way you choose. I’m not interested in having to get there and then take a train a few stops away to be able to get something to eat and drink, and then allow another hour to get back to get to my seat. Stewarding is a shambles. There is nothing around the stadium to do if you are there too early. I’ve had normal tickets and hospitality tickets, views are ok, but nothing to rave about. On the occasion we were there with hospitality facilities, the staff were still hoovering the floors as we arrived, the facilities are bare and has the air of being unfinished. Food is ok. Honestly – £100m for this venue, which just looks like a concrete exhibition centre, what a waste. Not a patch on Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. I should think the Wembley organisers and UEFA should be embarrassed at the prices for the CLF. Love the Bobby Moore statue.

  13. Daniel Buck

    Overall the best day of my life so far. Arrived in London on the train and because we used to live in london my dad was able to skip the ques and find somewhere to buy tube tickets with only a 10 minute wait, others waited 45 minutes. Went to my aunties to drop of our bags the got the tube towards wembley. As we went through kings cross again the tube filled up quickly with tons of United and City fans with the usual banter. Police were also on the tube. As we got off the tube we went the Quality hotel(thats the name)near the top of wembley way. The place was nearly empty and no problem getting in. Both fans there. Watched the first halve of West ham vs cardiff i think it was before heading towards wembley. Stopped at a mcdonalds at the top of wembley way and a good job to, half way down wembley way i saw a banner saying ‘ GREAT MEAL DEAL – LARGE BURGER CHIPS AND DRINK FOR £11′ Walking up wembley way was fantastic allthough there were no City fans at all. Getting in was no trouble at all and saw a few United fans who had jibbed in. We dominated the whole of the first halve but two city attacks and we found ourselves 2-0 down. Second halve amazing, Smalling got the first the goal then some great play to make it 2-2. Vincant kompany made a mistake for nani to rush in and make in 3-2 , the city fans werent doing the poznan anymore. Getting out however was dreadfull. every 20 metres we were stopped and it was like that all the way to the tube station. However a great day

  14. Billy

    Been to the new wembley twice. First Final at Wembly Stevenage vs Kiddiminster and then in 2009 Stevenage vs Barrow. Both in the FA Trophy. Very nice stadium. Prices for drinks and food though etc. very overpriced but of what i can remember a very nice experience

  15. James

    Went to the new Wembley for the 2009-2010 play-off final which we won 1-0! The Stadium is Amazing!! Walking up to the ground and inside the ground the views are amazing! We were sat right down by the advertisment boards and seeing as we took nearly 45,000 to the game, the atmosphere and noise generated was insane!
    Pretty expensive for tickets, drinks and food, but really worth going to, espeically for a club game!

  16. Frazer

    I went to Wembley last year for the Carling cup final, I loved every minute of it the sheer size of the place is amazing and the atmosphere created inside this stadium is immense, obviously you should know that day we won the League cup but that wasn’t just the reason why that day was so brilliant, it was because of the stadium it was played in and tthe memories of that day will live forever in my head. Brilliant!

  17. LG

    Outstanding in terms of looks.

    My biggest issue is you cannot hear the other set off fans! Really dampens the atmosphere!

  18. Local

    As a long time local, lived in wembley over 20 years. I would say
    Pubs are very poor the influx of 90,000 people for stadium event means pubs do not need to work very hard for custom, prices do go up or beer taps become available on event days ( other beers not available) at a high price.

    I tend to leave wembley, for a beer but you could try moons in kingsbury,near tube. Pubs must be near most stations or route to wembley. What about wembley FCs bar,? Not tried it but it is in sudbury 15/20 min walk from wembley central.
    Lots of good curry houses in such as wembley tandoori, karria king on east lane ( BYO) and loads down Ealing rd and much better value.

  19. Joe

    Went to see the fa vase final spenneymoor v tunbridge wells my team spenneymoor won
    Good leg room but very poor facilities awful transport but a good day out

  20. Joe

    i am going down for sunderland vs man city as a sunderland fan any advice

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