1. Manchester United
Everyone loves Wayne Rooney (even if you do not support Manchester United) and what better way to play tribute to this legendary player than to check out the homeground of the team? To find your way there from London, get to the train station and find your way to Manchester Piccadilly Station before catching one of many frequent trams to Old Trafford. The total journey should take approximately 3 hours and should set you back approximately $90 (£45) for a return trip if you book early enough. If you would like a tour of the Old Trafford stadium and museum, it will cost $36 (£18) for adults and $25 (£12) for children, or $110 (£54) for a family of 4! You may also wish to visit the Manchester City (Etihad Stadium) as it is located just a stone’s throw away.
Home of the Manchester United FC. Photo credit: Paul / Flickr
2. Manchester City
Get to the Manchester City Stadium (Etihad Stadium) Stadium from London by hopping on the train to Manchester Piccadilly Station (approx. 3 hours) before catching a short tram ride to Etihad Stadium. A club tour will cost $32 (£16) per adult and $20 (£10) for children between the ages of 5 to 16. Apart from the guided tour of the stadium (and club) grounds, you will also be able to check out the press conference room, warm up area, dressing room, pitch-side as well as the Manager’s chair. Also, you’ll get to take home a lanyard from your favourite English football club.
Imagine the roars of a thousand fans at the Etihad Statium. Photo credit: Airviews Photography / Flickr
If you are a gunner then you definitely have to make your way down to the Emirates Stadium in Holloway, London. Fortunately for you, the football club is located just under five miles away from the city of London. To get there, head down to Arsenal tube station on the Piccadilly Line and then take a short three minutes walk to the stadium. If you are interested (and you should be!) in the Arsenal Stadium Tour and Museum, tickets will cost $40 (£20) for adults and $20 (£10) for children under 16. Take a seat in the team’s changing room, walk down the tunnel and be blown away by the sheer size of this place.
Home of the Gunners. Photo credit: Jeremy Couture / Flickr
The Anfield Main Stand is currently going through upgrades and expansions to take the full stadium capacity to 54,000. Upon completion, the Main Stand will become one of the tallest football stands in the country and will add another landmark to the world renowned Liverpool skyline. The cheapest way to get to Anfield is to take the train from london to Lime Street Railway Station (approximately 3 hours) and then catch a bus (or walk) to the stadium. There are a number of tours that you can go for at Liverpool Fan Club which ranges from $25 (£12) for a mini-tour to $70 (£35) for the Legends Tour. Family packages are also available for purchase if you are traveling with children.
The completed Anfield Main Stand will sit up to 54,000 spectators. In the meantime, load up on gear! Photo credit: nikoretro / Flickr
Stamford Bridge is home of the Chelsea Football Club. Located just under 4 miles away from London City in Fulham, Stamford Bridge offers a number of tours including one with a Legend himself! For a fulfilling experience check out the Tour and Lunch package, at $63 (£31.50) for adults and $43 (£21.50) for children, which includes a full stadium tour, entrance to the Chelsea FC Museum as well as a two-course lunch from a set menu in Frankie’s Sports Bar & Diner. Don’t forget to get an autograph too on your way out if you’re lucky!
The massive Stamford Bridge is home of the Chelsea Football Club. Photo credit: Mark Freeman / Flickr
Located a little over 8 miles away from the city center of London lies White Hart Lane – home of Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. To get there by the tube, get off at White Hart Lane mainline station and take a five minutes stroll to the stadium. There are also a number of bus services from Seven Sisters that run past the stadium entrance. Tickets for a stadium tour starts from $40 (£20) and $22 (£11) for an adult and child respectively. Take a guided walk around the stadium and understand the history, facts and anecdotes about the Club, Stadium and Players from your knowledgeable guide.
White Hart Lane Stadium. Photo credit: Ungry Young Man / Flickr
Sometimes known as “The Grand Old Lady” by Everton fans, the Goodison Park football stadium, built in 1892, is one of the world’s oldest purpose-built football grounds. Hop on the train towards Manchester Piccadilly, change trains to send yourself towards the Liverpool Lime Street station and finally alight at Bullens Road to find yourself at the Goodison Park football stadium (approximately 3.5 hours away). The journey may be slightly long, but you will be able to experience the wonders of this place first-hand with a behind-the-scenes tour of your favourite football team. Ticket prices start from $25 (£12) and $12 (£6) for adults and children respectively.
The Grand Old Lady is one of the world’s oldest purpose-built football grounds. Photo credit: Airviews Photography / Flickr
8. Aston Villa
Home of the Aston Villa Football Club since 1897, Villa Park is the place to go for all Aston Villa fans. The fastest and most cost-efficient way is to find your way down to Witton on the train system and then take a short stroll to Villa Park. Weekday tours are $30 (£15) for an adult and weekend tours come with lunch at $60 (£30). Celebrate the club’s proud history through a guided tour and take the manager’s position on the bench while feeling the energy. Imagine the crowd as the stadium is filled up with 42,640 fans or pay a visit to the players dressing room to get a real feel of how the players prepare before a match.