For football fans, coming to England's capital is like a children's playground thanks to the variety of Premier League teams' stadiums and Arsenal Football Club is one of them. If you're looking for a tour of the most famous stadiums in this European capital, make a note of Arsenal Stadium as one of your things to see and do in London.
As well as football matches, the stadium offers a variety of experiences such as guided tours through its nooks and crannies, including the press room, the changing rooms and the tunnel to the pitch, and in this post you'll find the ultimate guide to visiting Arsenal Stadium, including a map for your London stadium tour.
1. Visit the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal's home stadium in London
The Emirates Stadium is the home of Arsenal Football Club, one of England's biggest and most successful football clubs. This modern stadium was opened in 2006 and has a capacity of over 60,000 spectators.
The design commissioned to Populous architects made this official home of the club one of the most technologically advanced football grounds in Europe. This stadium is a marvel of sporting architecture and has all the amenities necessary for spectators to enjoy a football match in ideal conditions.
A giant 360-degree high-definition screen, its impressive glass and steel roof that makes it stand out in the London cityscape, capacity and sustainability identify it. And while it is true that the club has been a legend in England since its inception in 1886, the construction of this stadium reignited the fan base, as reported in the New York Times.
"We came, We saw, We conquered," one fan wrote on his banner, and he was joined by thousands of fans as they saw themselves in the imposing structure. If you are a true lover of European football, visiting the Emirates Stadium is an experience not to be missed.
2. Where to find Arsenal Stadium
The Emirates Stadium is located in the borough of Holloway, in one of London's best neighbourhoods in the north of the city. Its exact address is Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ.
The quickest way to get there is by tube, via Piccadilly to Arsenal station, which is a 2 minute walk away. For more details you can visit our handy guide to the London Underground.
3. Arsenal Stadium opening times
Arsenal FC Stadium opening hours are:
- Monday to Saturday from 09:30 until 18:00.
- Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00.
And if you fancy a tour of the stadium, these take place every day of the week, except on match days and special events.
4. How much do Arsenal stadium tickets cost?
General admission for adults costs approximately £28, take into account the exchange rate between pounds sterling and the euro. Children up to 15 years, pensioners, disabled and students have a special price from £22.
5. What is the Arsenal Football Club Stadium Tour like?
Firstly, it should be made clear that the Emirates Stadium offers not one, but 4 types of tours, namely:
This tour with audio guide in English can be taken at any time during the following 90 days from the date of purchase of the ticket. The tour lasts up to 180 minutes, depending on how long you want to stay in the camp. And, as well as being offered in your language and 8 others, one of the highlights is that Bob Wilson, the iconic former Arsenal goalkeeper, takes the lead.
If you're looking for things to see and do in London in two days and want to get to the iconic sites quickly, this is the tour for you.
The Legends Tour
This type of guided tour honours some of Arsenal FC's long-standing legends. Unlike the basic tour, the history of the club is told from the players' perspective, so buy your ticket in advance to make sure you hear the anecdotes of your sporting legend. Players honoured include:
- Lee Dixon
- Charlie George
- Perry Groves
- Nigel Winterburn
The tour lasts 60 minutes and costs approximately £45, which includes admission to the interactive museum.
The Match day tour
The Match day tour is where you get to feel, experience, share and enjoy the fever of the game with the Gunners' supporters- it's an experience like no other!
You will witness impromptu training sessions, interviews, special events... No two visits are the same. The tour lasts up to 150 minutes before kick-off.
The tour includes access to the managers' entrance, as well as a tour of their box, the Diamond Club, access to the players' tunnel, the Pitchside and the Home Dugout. It also gives you free access to the Arsenal Museum and a personalised tour certificate. Enjoy all this and more from £40.
VIP Legends Tour
This exclusive experience includes a brunch at the Arsenal Museum, followed by a tour of the Emirates Stadium guided by Ray Parlour or Martin Keown. Can you believe it? You'll have access to exclusive areas of the stadium, before getting ready for a buffet lunch in the Diamond Club accompanied by the player of the day - all included. To finish off, an autograph and photo session and even a limited edition bag.
The opening hours for this type of experience are usually between 10am and 2pm, so it's best to arrive around 9.30am. Please note that tickets are limited, so book well in advance to make sure you don't miss out. If you are a true Gunner and want to have this VIP access, buy your tickets from €400.
6. Take the Arsenal stadium tour for free with the London Pass
The London Pass is a tourist card that gives you access to over 80 tourist attractions in London, including museums, art galleries, monuments and of course the Emirates Stadium.
To access the free tour, simply present your London Pass at the Arsenal Stadium ticket office and you will receive an entry ticket.
7. What you will see on the Arsenal Stadium Tours
During the tour, you can explore the nooks and crannies of this iconic football stadium and learn about the rich history of Arsenal Football Club, as you wander through the following areas of interest:
The Marble Halls: the main entrance to the stadium, where Arsenal trophies are on display and photos of the club's iconic players can be seen.
The Club Level Foyer: an elegant space with panoramic views of the pitch, used for events and business meetings.
The pitch: a unique opportunity to step onto the pitch where the professionals play and train.
The Tunnels: the tunnels leading from the changing rooms to the pitch, where you can feel the excitement of stepping out onto the pitch and see the cameras and microphones used during matches.
The players' changing rooms: the home and away team changing rooms. You can see the players' lockers, learn about the history behind the colours and design of each locker room while admiring an exhibition of exclusive items such as the boots worn by Michael Thomas in 1989.
The interactive museum: where holograms, touch screens and the latest advances in technology allow you to follow the team's history.
The press room: where coaches and players give post-match interviews.
The presidential box
8. How to get to Arsenal FC Stadium
- By tram or express: Holloway Road and Drayton Park stations are a 5 minute walk from the stadium.
- By Bus: Routes 4, 19, 29, 29, 43, 91, 106, 153, 236, 253, 254, 259, 263, 271, and 393 pass within a block or two of the stadium. Find stops at Holloway Road, Nag's Head, Seven Sisters Road, Blackstock Road and Highbury Corner.
- By underground, take the Piccadilly line to Arsenal station, which is 2 minutes from the stadium entrance, while Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington stations are an 8-minute walk away.
- By car, you should arrive at Hornsey Rd, London N7, you can park at 45 Hornsey Rd, London N7, opposite the stadium, here is a map.
9. Is it worth taking a tour of Arsenal Stadium?
Guided tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium and the opportunity to explore areas that are normally closed to the public. It's also a great way to learn more about the club's history and achievements.
Plus, if you opt for the London Pass option, you can take the tour for free, making it a great way to save money on your visit to London. Even if you're not a big Arsenal fan, the stadium is impressive and offers a completely different view of the game. So, for the perspectives, the thrill of getting up close and personal with the team, the multiple options and the price, it's well worth taking a tour of the Arsenal FC stadium.
10. What are the places of interest near Arsenal Stadium?
Arsenal Stadium is located in the north London borough of Holloway and after looking at the statues of Herbert Champan, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry that line the stadium, you can explore the surrounding area where they are located:
Gillespie Park is an urban park with a variety of flora and fauna and an Open Air Museum. This park awaits you just a 2 minute walk from the stadium.
Where to eat around Arsenal Stadium
There are several restaurants and bars in the area, such as The Jerk Kitchen where their Caribbean food and well-spiced dressings often have long lines to be sampled. But if you want to continue the football fever during your meal, don't miss the Foosball Club, a Victorian tavern where the sandwiches, beers and good service have earned them 5-star reviews alone.
Other cultural activities around the Arsenal Football Club stadium
If you are interested in history and culture, 1 kilometre down Drayton Park and Aubert Park you will find the Estorick Collection Museum of Modern Italian Art. And if you go another 2 kilomet res to the Clerkenwell and Fitzrovia neighbourhoods, you'll find the heart of the museum district, where the museums are located:
- Charles Dickens Museum
- The Postal Museum
- The Foundling Museum
- The Cartoon Museum
- The British Museum, an unmissable stop, especially if you are visiting London for the first time. Here you will find all the details on how to buy tickets to the British Museum, prices and opening times so you can schedule your visit.
Bonus: follow the stadium route in London
First of all, you should know that 14 First League stadiums are located in London, and their capacities range from 4850 to 90 000 spectators. There is something for everyone, Arsenal's stadium is in third place, and here is a map with the top 10 biggest stadiums in London for you to keep an eye on. In a nutshell, you find:
- Wembley Stadium with a capacity of 90 000 spectators.
- Tottenham Hotspur Stadium or Spurs' Stadium, with a capacity of 62 062 spectators.
- The Emirates Stadium or Arsenal Stadium, as we have already seen, with a capacity of 60 000 spectators.
- The Olympic Stadium with a capacity of 60 000 spectators.
- The Stamford Bridge or Chelsea FC Stadium with a capacity of 40 834 spectators.
- The Boleyn Ground or Boleyn Ground Memorial Garden, with a capacity of 35 016 spectators.
- The Valley or Charlton Athletic Stadium with a capacity of 27 111 spectators.
- The Selhurst Park Stadium or Crystal Palace Stadium, with a capacity of 26 309 spectators.
- The former New Den Stadium, The Den, with a capacity of 20 146.
- Loftus Road Stadium or Blackpool Club Stadium, with a capacity of 18 200 spectators.
The route of the larger London stadiums requires a 4 hour drive, I recommend you make a note on your itinerary of things to see and do in London in 3 days or more, so that you can take the time to enjoy the experiences at each stadium.