Vicarage Road is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of just under 20,000. It has been the home of Watford FC since 1922. The Main Stand, on the east side of the ground, is the oldest of the 4 stands and houses players’ changing rooms, directors’ box and press area. The only remaining part of the original stadium, it has been closed to spectators since 2004, due to health and safety concerns.
However, the club has plans for phased developments over a 3-year period, culminating in the redevelopment of the East Stand. The tow-tiered Rous Stand, named after former FIFA president Sir Stanley Rous, runs along the West side of the ground. This £3 million addition was built in 1986.The Vicarage Road Stand was constructed following the 1992-93 season. Previously an open terrace, the all-seater stand was built to comply with the recommendations of the Taylor Report, with a build cost of £2.3 million.
A partition was added in 2004, allowing the housing of both home and away support. The Rookery Stand, another former terrace, was constructed during the 1994-95 season, with a build cost of £1.6 million. Larger than the Vicarage Road stand, it has facilities on two levels. It also holds most of the club’s administrative areas, along with the club shop, which was moved from a site on Vicarage Road.
How to get to Vicarage Road
For satnav purposes, the postcode of Vicarage Road is WD18 0ER.
Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M1 at junction 5, following the A4008 into Watford. On nearing the town centre, follow signage for Watford General Hospital and the ground will soon become visible.
Away fans driving from the South should follow the M25 as far as junction 17, exiting onto the A412 towards Rickmansworth / Maple Cross. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout (A412 / Denham Way) and continue on the A412 through one roundabout. At Ebury roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A404. Continue on the A404, taking the 3rd exit at the roundabout. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit, onto the A4145. Follow the A4145 turning left at Tolpits Lane and left again into Vicarage Road.
The nearest overland station is Watford High Street, a 10-minute walk away from the ground. Watford tube station, on the Metropolitan Line, is under a mile from Vicarage Road. However, overland trains from London usually have a shorter journey time. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Heathrow, at a distance of about 13 miles, with frequent train and bus links to London. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Watford that can take you to and from Vicarage Road. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
Where to Park?
Most visiting fans recommend parking at one of the industrial units near the ground which offer match day parking. Reasonably priced parking is also available at the nearby Vicarage Road Girls’ School.
Away Friendly Pubs near Vicarage Road
The nearest pub to the ground, the Red Lion, is reported to be extremely partisan, and away fans are advised to steer well clear. Vicarage Road is within easy walking distance of the town centre, where several pubs on High Street are okay for away fans.
The Moon Under Water (a Wetherspoons) has been recommended by several fans as offering a friendly welcome. Closer to the ground, the Odd Fellows in Fearnley Street has received good reports. Just a couple of hundred yards and a few minutes walk from the ground, its beer garden barbeque has received excellent reviews. Alcohol is not available in the away section of the ground.
Hotels near Vicarage Road
The Best Western White House Hotel, 27-31 Upton Road, Watford, WD18 0JF is located close to both the M1 and M25 motorways and a 15-minute walk from Vicarage Road. It offers professional and friendly service, with a fine-dining conservatory restaurant, free car parking and Wi-Fi. Guest reviews have been favourable with regard to cleanliness, comfort and service.
Jurys Inn Watford, 31 – 35 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JA, which opened in March 2009, is conveniently located in the town centre and reportedly offers high-quality, air-conditioned rooms at great-value prices.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Vicarage Road?
Most visiting fans have noted that Vicarage Road has a traditional feel, but is in need of upgrading. Nearly all have pointed out the old East Stand as an eyesore. Facilities in the away section are described as adequate, though concourses are cramped.
Many have reported a poor atmosphere within the ground, with little vocal support from the home fans