Celebrating the oldest tournament in the world and being the largest tennis museum on the planet, London's Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum offers hours of entertainment for both tennis fans and non-tennis fans alike.
The museum is located at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (also known as the “All-England Club”) which is famous in its own right for being home to the Wimbledon Championships. During a trip to museum, visitors can venture on a behind-the-scene tour of the grounds, and get a chance to see some of the areas shown during the world-famous Wimbledon Championships.
Not just limited to exhibits and displays, the museum also boats its own cinema with a 200-degree screen, televisions broadcasting interviews with tennis players, and even John McEnroe's “ghost,” discussing his own experiences of preparing for tennis matches. Visitors will even get the chance to hold some tennis rackets and trophies, and test their own tennis skills in various simulation games.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum Highlights
When visiting the museum, each visitor will be given an audio tour guide so they can walk around at their own pace. Some of the many highlights of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum include:
- Andy Murray's London 2012 Olympics outfit
- Tennis memorabilia from as far back as 1555
- The first tennis balls ever used
- Historic and modern-day tennis outfits worn at tournaments by some of the sports' most famous players
- Borg's old shoe
- Tennis posters from 1893 to 2015
- Both womens' and mens' Wimbledon winner trophies
- An interactive 3-D room that makes you feel as if you're in the middle of the Centre Court
- A video monitor so you can watch clips of both the mens' and womens' finals
- Tennis “fashions” from the Victorian period
If you do decide to go on a Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum tour, some of the many highlights you can expect to see include:
- The Centre Court
- The No.1 Court
- The Mr. Fred Perry Statue
- The Aorangi Terrace
- The press areas where players are interviewed after matches
- The Players' Entrance
On the tour you can also sit in one of the seats opposite the Royal Box, and even get your picture taken whilst sitting in the commentator's chair in the BBC Newsroom.
- If you are travelling with your family, make sure you take advantage of the museum's “Family Offer.” For every full-priced adult visiting the museum, one child can get in for free.
- If you don't feel like purchasing a ticket for either the museum or tour, you can still visit the shop and the café. However, visiting the shop during the Championships is only allowed if you are a ticket holder.
- While you're in the area, make sure you explore the charming Wimbledon Village (a 30-minute walk away), as well as Wimbledon Common (a 25-minute walk away)