Wembley is not only the home of England’s international fixtures however…
It’s also the venue for the FA Cup final stages, the FA Community Shield match, the Football League Cup finals and the Football League play-offs. It’s fair to say that some of the biggest football fixtures in England play out on the hallowed turf of Wembley.
The seated capacity of Wembley Stadium is 90,000, which is boosted to 105,000 when combined with standing areas for big music events. The historical guest book of Wembley, including the old stadium, sees names and events such as Queen, Michael Jackson, Live Earth, and, in sporting highlights – the 1966 World Cup Final between a victorious England and Germany, and events for two out of three London Olympics (1948 and 2012).
If you plan to stay at or near Wembley Stadium, hotels should be booked in advance, especially during major events…
Hotels within walking distance of the venue are in very good supply, with well-known brands operating hotels in the area. You can find budget hotels as well as luxury hotels within walking distance of Wembley Stadium. Some of the closest, within only a few minutes of the turnstiles, include Hilton London Wembley, Ibis London Wembley, Quality Hotel Wembley, Premier Inn London Wembley Stadium, and Holiday Inn Wembley. There are also a few independent guesthouses and hotels.
Located only 10 miles out of central London, you could also opt to book a room in a city hotel and travel to reach the stadium. This is an excellent option if you plan to see the sights of the capital during your visit.
Easily accessible from all parts of the country, and within minutes of central London, Wembley Stadium is well located to welcome visitors from anywhere. The use of public transport is encouraged, as car parking is limited at the venue. If you do plan to drive, you should book car parking in advance to secure your spot.
To reach Wembley from central London catch a tube train to Wembley Park Station (on the Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines), to Wembley Central Station (on the Bakerloo or London Overground lines), or head for the railway station of Wembley Stadium. It takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete these journeys. A number of bus services also operate between the city and the stadium, though it’s a slow way to travel and journeys can take more than an hour.
There are attractions galore in this part of England…
Booking a hotel in central London for your visit to Wembley means that sightseeing opportunities are on your doorstep. The capital is crammed with things to see and do. You can see a show in the West End, shop at some of the world’s best stores, relax in the beautiful parks, tour the nation’s galleries and museums, or join the throngs of tourists at London’s top attractions, such as the Tower of London, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.
Top five attractions
Extend your stay at Wembley by taking a tour of the home of the England football team. It’s expensive (a child and adult will pay around £25 in total), but you’ll get to see the changing rooms, walk the players’ tunnel, and pose with a replica FA Cup.
Royal Air Force Museum London
Just 15 minutes from the stadium is the former Hendon Aerodrome, which is now one of Britain’s two RAF museums (the other is at Cosford) and home to a horde of aircraft, shows and interactive displays.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
Drive towards central London or hop on the London Underground Metropolitan line (both around a 20-minute journey) and stumble across 221b Baker Street, where you’ll find a museum dedicated to the fictional detective.
Inspired by the sporting efforts on the pitch at Wembley? Get active in one of London’s finest green spaces. You can cycle, roller blade, swim, play tennis, go horse riding and even book a space in the Old Football Pitch area in the south of the park.
See the capital from the sky when you soar on one of the wheel’s pods.
There’s always something exciting happening at Wembley Stadium...
Wembley Stadium hosts a wide range of large events. From major football trophies, international fixtures, rugby matches and games from across the Atlantic for the NFL, to concerts from the likes of Madonna, Take That and Muse, Wembley Stadium welcomes sports and music fans from around the world.
FA Cup Final; May: A week after the Premier League season comes to an end two teams clash to compete for the coveted FA Cup. Tickets go on sale a month before the final.
Challenge Cup Final; August: The historic Rugby League Challenge Cup Final has been played out at Wembley – old and new – since 1929.
FA Community Shield; August: Formerly known as the Charity Shield, this competition has origins dating back to 1908 and it’s one of the most popular events of the football season. It’s played between the winners of the FA Cup and the team who came top of the Premier League.