With tours hosted by famous football legends, to a self-guided audio tour so you can walk around Emirates Stadium at your own pace, it's no secret why the Arsenal Stadium Tour has become such a popular tourist activity for sports fans in London.
The origins of the Arsenal Football Club can be traced all the way back to 1886, but throughout its history, the team has gone through many name and location changes. Arsenal FC only recently moved to the Emirates Stadium in Holloway in 2006, which was the same year the stadium was officially opened to the public.
The Emirates Stadium has 60,260 seats and cost a whopping £390 million to complete. The stadium is also home to the Arsenal Museum, which boasts two video theatres, and 20 massive displays centered around Arsenal FC's history.
Arsenal Stadium Tours Highlights
There are three different Arsenal Stadium Tours to choose from which include:
- The Self-Guided Audio Tour – where visitors can walk around the Emirates Stadium at their own pace using audio visual guide handsets. The guide is narrated by Arsenal legend Bob Wilson, and will lead you to the Directors' Box, both the home and away changing rooms, the Players' Tunnel, the Pitchside and much more. Also included in the tour is a set of branded Arsenal headphones and a tour certificate.
- The Legends Tour – which are led by former Arsenal players including Charlie George, Perry Grove, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon. During the tour, the Legends will lead you around the Emirates Stadium, answer any of your questions about their time playing for the Arsenal Football Club, and even give their two cents about the current team.
- The Match Day Tour – where visitors can take a tour around Emirates Stadium hours before a match, which includes visits to the Directors Box, the Pitchside, the Home Dugout, the Diamond Club, the Press Conference Room, and much, much more. However, visitors will not be allowed to access either the home or away changing rooms or the Players' Tunnel (for obvious reasons).
- In the past, some people have complained that the Self-Guided Audio Tour was a bit impersonal, as there is no one to really guide you around the stadium; (although members of staff are always at hand to answer your questions). So if you're a true-blue hardcore Arsenal fan, it may be worth the money to upgrade to a personalized tour.
- If you plan on going on a Match Day Tour, be prepared that the Arsenal Stadium can get incredibly busy both before and after the game. If you want to avoid the crowds and plan on using the Underground, then try going to the Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington stations instead.