Wembley Stadium has played a major role in many of the biggest sporting and cultural moments of recent times and a stadium tour provides the chance to experience and feel these great occasions right where they happened.
- Live every football fan’s dream and walk down the player’s tunnel and out onto the famous Wembley turf.
- See the Jules Rimet trophy, marking the greatest moment in English football when winning the 1966 World Cup.
- Tread the ‘winner’s steps’ up to the Royal Box and celebrate the moment by lifting a replica of the FA Cup.
What to See and Do
Players Changing Rooms
A Wembley Stadium tour takes you right to the heart of the action. You will have the chance to enter the player changing rooms, sit on the benches and imagine the pre-match anticipation and buzz. Whether before an FA Cup Final or as you don an international shirt bearing the three lions, this is where the match truly begins. Normally a place reserved for the elite sports stars, this is your chance to sample that pre-match excitement.
Nothing quite epitomises watching the FA Cup final then the moment the players emerge from the tunnel at Wembley to the roar of the crowd. The stadium tour gives you the opportunity to take the exact same walk down the player’s tunnel and out pitch-side. You would be hard pushed not to imagine all the noise and anticipation, as well as the nerves, of the players making that walk on match day. Once out in the arena, you will be able to look around and get a true feel for the sheer scale of this iconic stadium.
The obligatory press interviews after the game must be one of the least enjoyable moments as a football manager. Now here is your chance to step into their shoes and sit in the hotspot. As part of the stadium tour, you will have the chance to sit in the manager’s seat in the press room and look out at the area you don’t normally see when watching on the TV. Imagine the world’s press sat in front of you, bombarding you with questions about the match just finished.
The Royal Box
You can climb the 107 steps to the Royal Box as you head off to claim the trophy you just earned out on the pitch. The Royal Box has always been a major feature of cup final day at Wembley and once you arrive at the box you can have your photo taken as you lift a replica FA Cup in celebration of your win.
A Stadium Packed with History
The Crossbar Exhibition and Walk of Legends allows you the chance to see a variety of important items associated with the stadium’s history. Included are the Jules Rimet trophy and the original crossbar from the 1966 World Cup final, as well as medals and shirts worn by famous players such as David Beckham. Wembley Stadium has been used for many events and these are recognised in the exhibitions, which include an original flag used in the 1948 summer Olympics.
Did you know: (4 interesting facts!)
- The stadium volume is a massive 4,000,000 cubic metres, enough space to park 25,000 double-decker buses. No worries if you get caught short either, with a choice of 2,618 toilets.
- The iconic arch above the stadium matches the scale too, being 134 meters tall and 7 meters in diameter. It has a practical use also as it supports much of the weight of the roof, removing the need for internal columns which can obstruct viewing.
- Originally called the Empire Stadium, the first match staged was the 1923 FA Cup final when the anticipated crowd was massively underestimated. It is believed up to 300,000 people turned up in what is known as the White Horse final.
- Prior to becoming a football stadium, the site was used as pleasure gardens which had been earmarked to build an Eiffel Tower like structure on, but bigger.
- 1922 – Opened as part of the focal point of the British Empire exhibition.
- 1923 – The first event, the 1923 White Horse FA Cup final.
- 1927 – Diversifies into other uses including speedway and greyhound racing.
- 1948 – Wembley Stadium hosts the Summer Olympics.
- 1966 – England win their only World Cup to date, beating Germany 4-2 after extra time.
- 1982 – Huge crowds attend as Pope John Paul II celebrates mass at the stadium.
- 1985 – Stages charity concert Live Aid.
- 2000 – England played their last international in October before the old Wembley stadium demolished.
- 2007 – New Wembley stadium opens in May with FA Cup final the first game staged.
Facilities and Accessibility
Wembley Stadium is a wheelchair-accessible stadium, although assistance may be required to reach some parts of the stadium tour including the Royal Box. Accessible toilets are available throughout Wembley Stadium.
Entrance to the stadium is at level 1 and there is an external lift as an alternative entry point to the steps, located to the left of the Club Wembley entrance. There is a 100% bag check policy for security reasons.
You will use a multimedia guide for part of the tour, allowing you to go at your own pace. The parts of the tour involving access to usually restricted areas of the stadium are guided and you will receive an alert on your multimedia guide device five minutes before the next guided tour begins. The multimedia guide devices offer a number of languages, including British Sign Language. There is an audio translation available for the self-guided element of the tour, plus a visual translation for the guided tour.
There is a stadium store you can visit on completion of your tour to buy souvenirs of your visit. However, there are only vending machines for refreshments on the self-guided section of the tour, although there are restaurants near the stadium, some of which may accept a discount card redeemable from your Wembley tour ticket.