Best stadium tours to take in 2023: From the Emirates to Twickenham
Show some support for your favourite team by visiting one of the UK's top sporting stadiums. Whether you’re a die hard footie fan or maul of a rugby person, these days out can help you relive the highs, lows and shocking moments of the sport you love.
Now that the football and rugby seasons are finally wrapping up for another year, the summer of British sport can begin. And with the likes of Wimbledon, Test cricket and the Epsom Derby all preparing to get underway, there's more than enough to keep you going.
However, for some fans out there, these few months where the local clubs go quiet and the players pop off on their hols can seem like torture. As the weekly thrills of a live match suddenly fall away, we're left feeling a tad bereft by the hole in our weekends.
But that's what the RadioTimes.com team is here for! So, let's tackle that boredom with a run around some of the UK's top sporting stadiums.
These state-of-the-art sports grounds are found all over the country and can offer you an action-packed day out for all the family. From in-depth history tours to the chance to run out onto the pitch, these trips make for an unforgettable experience.
The Going Out team have put in the hard yards and found some of the best stadium trips for you to try this summer. Not only have we got the football fans covered, but we’ve also researched the best days out for lovers of rugby, cricket and athletics.
So, without further ado, let’s see what stadiums you should aim to visit this year.
Best Stadium tours to take in 2023 at a glance:
- Chelsea Stamford Bridge Stadium Tour for Two, £56
- Wembley Stadium Tour for Two, £48
- Emirates Stadium Tour for Two, £60
- The Dare Skywalk for Two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, £42
- Liverpool FC Stadium Tour & Museum Entry for Two, £46
- Manchester United Family Tour, £80
- London Stadium Tour for Two Adults, £40
- 20 Minute Football Stadium Helicopter Tour for Two, £275
- Twickenham Stadium Tour for Two Adults, £55.90
- Principality Stadium Tour for a family of four, £50
- The Kia Oval Cricket Ground Tour for Two, £40
Best stadium tours for football fans
Chelsea Stamford Bridge Stadium Tour for Two
For Blues fans, it doesn’t get much better than this intimate tour of the Stamford Bridge Stadium. As the home of Chelsea FC for 117 years, visitors will get an in-depth look at the club’s history, as well as behind-the-scenes access to the changing room, players’ tunnel, trophy room and much more.
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Wembley Stadium Tour for Two
Why not treat the real football fanatics in your family to this 90-minute tour of the UK’s most famous stadium? Visitors to Wembley will get to relive some of England’s most legendary footie moments, from FA cup finals to the Lionesses’ EURO 2022 victory. Highlights include a sneak peek at the press room, a visit to the royal box and even a sit in the England manager’s chair.
Trust us, this experience is not to be missed.
Emirates Stadium Tour for Two
To all the Gooners out there, Arsenal FC have got you covered with their interactive self-guided tour of the Emirates Stadium. Although it hasn’t always been their home, the Emirates is still steeped in history and visitors are given the chance to go right back to the beginning of the club. Upon arrival, guests will be given an interactive headset to take around with them through which you can hear legendary players and presenters talk about their match day experiences.
The Dare Skywalk for Two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Fancy combining your a love of football with a healthy bit of danger? If so, take the Dare Skywalk at Tottenham Hotspur stadium! For 90 minutes, you'll embark on a journey 46.8 metres above the football pitch which will take you onto a glass walkway and over to the stadium's famous Golden Cockerel. With incredible views of the London skyline, this gift is perfect for adrenaline lovers and Spurs fan alike.
Liverpool FC Stadium Tour & Museum Entry for Two
Visitors to Anfield can expect a golden experience with this stadium tour, which culminates in viewing Liverpool FC’s six European cups and decked-out trophy room. The day is split into two parts, starting with an exclusive insight into the ground’s facilities before moving into the club museum.
Plus, super fans can shell out for a VIP experience which involves joining an LFC legend in one of the hospitality lounges for an autograph and a private Q&A. The Liverpool Legends include John Aldridge, Ian Callaghan, Terry McDermott, Jan Molby, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson.
Manchester United Family Tour
If you’ve got a few budding football stars in the family, then groups of four can enjoy an unforgettable trip to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. Kids will be able to enjoy the magnificence of the 75,000-seat stadium and take a tour certificate home with them as a memento, while the parents will get to revel in the chance of walking the same paths as some of the club’s greatest legends.
London Stadium Tour for Two Adults
If you still miss the glory of London 2012 (and we can't blame you), why not pay a visit to the London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park? Now home to West Ham United, this unique stadium has something for everyone - from the most devout footie fan to the casual tourist. Visitors will be able to run on the original warm up track for the Olympics whilst reliving some of the country’s most incredible sporting moments.
20 Minute Football Stadium Helicopter Tour for Two
Take your pick of 15 iconic home grounds, from Goodison Park to Molineux Stadium, and fly above them in a short but unforgettable helicopter ride. You'll trade the roar of the matches for the roar of the copter's spinning blades as you see your beloved stands from a bird's eye view.
Best stadium tours for rugby fans
Twickenham Stadium Tour for Two
If it’s rugby you’re craving, book this in before the Six Nations start. By taking this behind-the-scenes trip to Twickenham, you have the chance to visit the Royal Box and see the stadium’s medical room and hospitality suites, all the while listening to the history from an expert guide. Other highlights include a look inside the World Rugby Museum and a walk through the players’ tunnel.
Principality Stadium Tour for family of four
The Principality Stadium is one of the crown jewels of Wales, having hosted some of the most memorable moments in rugby history. Right in the centre of Cardiff, visitors to the Principality can enjoy a closer look at the ground’s inner workings. The tour guides will take you on a journey through the stadium’s past, from rugby and boxing to motorsport and rock concerts.
Best stadium tours for cricket fans
The Kia Oval Cricket Ground Tour for Two
For the cricket lovers, take a tour of the world-famous Kia Oval, home to Surrey Cricket Club since 1845 and host of many England test matches. This 90-minute tour starts off with a tea or coffee in the Members’ Pavilion overlooking the pitch and goes on to explore the committee room, club museum and commentary box, all the while including an incredible view of the London skyline.