I took my boyfriend (a dedicated football fan) on a tour of Wembley Stadium at the weekend. I’m not usually interested in football but I really enjoyed the tour. Our brilliant guide Stevie showed us around the stadium, shared behind-the-scenes gossip and taught us a lot about footballing history.
Highlights of the one-and-a-half hour tour included:
- The crossbar from the 1966 World Cup
- A replica of the World Cup Jules Rimet Trophy. The original was stolen in 1966 and later found under a hedge by a dog named Pickles
- The 1km-long walkway around Level 5, where FA employees jog in their lunch breaks
- The VIP suite decorated in “Windsor purple”, which leads to the royal box
- The holding room for trophies. The silversmith is given just six minutes after a game to engrave the name of the winning team
- The press room where up to 180 journalists gather to interview managers and players
- The England dressing room, complete with players’ shirts, which is also used by bands performing at the stadium
I found the huge stadium building awe-inspiring and it was fun getting privileged access to backstage areas. Even if you’re not into football, I’d recommend booking your own 90 minutes at Wembley.
Wembley Stadium tours run every day except 25 and 26 December. Adult tickets cost £15.