Wimbledon guided tour – part 1
I spent a few days in London for a bit of sightseeing and a bit of tennis at Queen’s, and I took the opportunity to visit Wimbledon.
Even though I’m French and discovered tennis through Roland Garros, my favorite tournament has always been (and will always be) Wimbledon. So for me it was a dream come true, I finally get to see this fantastic place. Next goal for me: obtain a ticket for The Championships, perhaps next year?
Some infos about Wimbledon guided tours:
How to book a tour?
Online or by calling +44 (0)20 8946 6131
How much does it cost?
The total cost of £20.00 includes entrance to the Museum and is payable upon arrival.
What does the tour include?
Centre Court, No.1 Court, Henman Hill, The Millennium Building and Press Interview Room
Total time for the tour and museum is usually around two and a half hours, including 90 minutes for the tour and an hour for the Museum.
Is it worth it?
Yes, yes and yes!
The guide was really passionate about the Championships and Wimbledon’s history, told lots of anecdotes and took time to answer all our questions. A must-do for any tennis fan!
The first thing you see when you enter the Stadium is the Fred Perry statue and the Centre Court:
Direction: Court number one.
The new No.1 Court (capacity of 11,429) was opened in 1997 to replace the old No.1 Court which used to be adjacent to Centre Court. The No.1 Court complex contains many public facilities including Food Village, Wimbledon Shop, Wingfield Restaurant, and Hospitality Suites.
Aorangi Terrace ‘Henman Hill’
Aorangi Terrace (as it is really known) is the main site for spectators to eat picnics and relax with a good variety of restaurants which cater for all tastes.
Fans without show court tickets can watch the matches live on a giant television screen on the side of Court Number One, an area that has been dubbed “Henman Hill” in recent years.
Court 18, where John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest match ever in the first round in 2010:
The plaque honoring both players:
Next: the interview room and Wimbledon’s jewel: the Centre Court.