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“Great experience even if you aren't a massive tennis fan”

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
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Wimbledon All England Tennis Club and Lawn Tennis Museum: Behind-the-Scenes...
Ranked #62 of 1,589 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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“Great experience even if you aren't a massive tennis fan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

A visit to Wimbledon is a must for anyone who loves tennis. For those of us who generally confine our tennis to the Grand Slam events, Wimbledon is still an iconic location.

We walked from the nearest tube station stop (then walked back the other direction) and also enjoyed seeing the area, the local shops etc. The walk is about 20 minutes but worth it.

Our visit included a guided tour, a visit to the museum and lunch ... and, of course, strawberries and cream. There is also a comprehensive gift shop with a nice range of souvenirs for both tennis and non-tennis gifts.

First the tour -- tours leave regularly and take about an hour. They include several stops along the way, with sitting stops while you hear a bit about the history of the ground, the championships, the membership rules, etc. Included are an opportunity to climb the hill (called either "Henman Hill" or "Murray's Mound" depending on your preference) and of course a stop at the centre court. Also included is a visit to the press area and a photo opportunity in the area where they do the post-game interviews. Our guide was friendly, informative and moved at just the right pace for his varied group of about 20.

The museum -- The Wimbledon museum is certainly worth another hour at least. The displays are bright, informative and interesting. Trophies, tennis equipment through the eras, clothing and information about how tennis "gear" has changed over time, art works, and a "Pepper's Ghost" featuring John McEnroe and more interesting than this may sound. There are art works, and plenty of interactive exhibits allowing you to select time periods, matches, players and see them in action. And of course the two main trophies are beautifully displayed. They also have special temporary exhibitions. It is very easy to find something of interest.

The cafeteria -- we had a light lunch while we were there although there is also a selection of more substantial hot food. And of course we couldn't leave without some strawberries and cream. Well worth making a day or half day of a trip to Wimbledon. Great for adults and older kids. Check in advance to book your tour times. Easy to do on their website.

Visited July 2014
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“Game Set and Match.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014

Saturday 9th August. Weather was brilliant just right for a day at Wimbledon. Our guide Lorraine who showed us round was lovely. Couldn't believe how big the place was. 20 minutes walk from nearest tube station but there is a bus. To say I wasn't bothered about going I'm glad I did.

Visited August 2014
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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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“First set to the Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went on the combined Museum and grounds tour on Sunday 3rd August. Normal price was £22, but I had the London Pass so was "free". However still had to book the tour in advance via email.

The tour basically takes you to No1 court, Henman Hill/Murray Mount, Court 18 (longest match in history), Players balcony, media/press centre and centre court. In total this lasted about 90 minutes and went by very fast. It's 17 years since I last went to Wimbledon and so much has changed.

No visit to the changing rooms and you cannot go on court. There was a glass viewing area set up on centre court, which looks "stupid", and is entered via the restaurant. Hoped to have a look at the outside courts but this is not included in the tour. Heather, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, but I did not learn much new myself. It's a pity you cannot do the tour on its own as it's a better value than the Museum.

The museum is available for £12, and is over priced considerably that at most it's one hour visit, but you do get to see the trophies and learn about the history of Wimbledon and how it has changed over the year. The John McEnroe Hologram is very good and the whole museum is roomy and with plenty of information

Visited August 2014
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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“Wimbledon visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

It was actually 2 visits to the centre court. Got fabulous tickets. I don't think there is a bad view from any seat. Will be returning next year.

Visited July 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

Ever dreamed of gliding thought the gates of Wimbledon and parking in your own VIP area before taking part in history? Well, it is entirely possible and believe me, the Club and visitor centre will make you feel like a VIP. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either! This really has to be one of the better kept secrets of SW London.

You can easily spend a half day here. The museum offers entry and centre court tours costs for £22 per adult (£15 if you skip the court – bad idea) although you can just pop in to the centre shop if you wish. The range of Wimbledon branded goods is impressive and while some items are pretty pricey you’ll still find yourself having an enjoyable browse and invariably finding that souvenir you just have to have. I especially liked the selection of accessories that were light and easy to stuff into that final corner of your luggage.

To be honest, I am not a big tennis fan, but I still found the museum entraining and very interesting, thanks to the amusing interactive John McEnroe and exposition of what does make a champion. There were audio guides available but I didn’t check the languages on offer.

After the museum and a look around the complex – in the sun if you are lucky – you can have a photo with Fred Perry before popping into the modern and cheerful cafeteria opposite. This is located in the new Centre Court complex and offers surprisingly good food at excellent value for London. Of course, if you want to pay a fortune and have nowhere to park, you can pop up the hill to the Village or if you really want to push the boat out, you can arrange lunch or dinner at the fabulous Cannizaro House in Wimbledon Common (private parking available) – one of our favourite haunts.

Perhaps it was the lovely sun beaming down during our visit, but I give this place top marks for hospitality, atmosphere and value. Well done to all concerned!

Visited August 2014
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