Got Wimbledon Tickets? Read Our Travel Guide
Travel Guide For Tennis Fans
Heading to Wimbledon this summer? Here’s our handy travel guide to help you make the most of your time on the courts!
Pimm’s and lemonade, strawberries and cream and celebrity-spotting! Wimbledon is a yearly place of pilgrimage for tennis fans around the world. If you are planning on heading to the courts this summer, read our handy guide first in order to make the most of your trip.
What Is It?
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It has run since 1877 and takes place at the All England Club in Wimbledon, South West London. Running for two weeks, it attracts over half a million visitors every summer.
This year Wimbledon will take place from Monday 27th June until Sunday 10th July 2016.
It’s easy to get to Wimbledon on the Underground. The nearest station is Southfields (on the District Line, 15 minute walk) followed by Wimbledon itself (District Line, 20 minute walk.) You can also get an overground train from London Waterloo or a tram from Croydon. If you are planning to drive, then there is a car park on-site which opens at 6am. If you miss out on a space here, there’s a park and ride service operating from nearby Morden.
Tickets are allocated by ballot well in advance of the tournament. If you didn’t enter this year, you still have options. You could try an official ticket re-sale website such as getmein.com. However, this is expensive – a ticket for the centre court is nearly £400!
The cheaper option is to queue for day tickets. Several hundred tickets are released at 9am the day before play. These include tickets for the Centre Court and Court 3. If you’re lucky to get one, these tickets are priced from £28 and get more expensive depending on the Court. Centre Court tickets, for example, are priced from £50.
You can also get entry to the ground on the day, which costs from £8. This will enable you to squeeze into a court if there’s space, or watch the action from famous Henman Hill (also known as Murray Mound!)
If You Can’t Get A Ticket
If you aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket, then fear not! A range of big screens will be set up throughout London showing all of the action live. You can be sure that Wimbledon’s party atmosphere will be reproduced, with Pimm’s at the ready! A guide to locations can be found on the TimeOut website.
If you find yourself in Wimbledon without a ticket, then why not check out the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum? With a fascinating range of exhibitions and events bringing the history of tennis to life, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
What To Wear
Formal dress is only required in the royal box, where Princes mingle with pop stars. For the rest of us, it’s essential to remember a sun hat and sun cream, as temperatures can hit great highs at Wimbledon. It’s also wise to be prepared for rain, with waterproofs and an umbrella – just in case!
Before you head to the courts, make sure you book your UK travel insurance!