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
Villa 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.
The 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
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
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?
On-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 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
The 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.
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 an extra charge.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Villa Park?
Many 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.