Arsenal Stadium Tour
Arsenal are one of the best football teams in England and the world. It’s possible to take an Arsenal stadium tour most days, reasons to take the Arsenal stadium tour include;
- You’re a huge Arsenal fan
- To see an iconic stadium
- Arsenal are a football team with a huge history
- Purchase Arsenal merchandise in the huge club shop
- Visit the Arsenal Museum
- Take a legends tour and meet a famous Arsenal player
Visit the Emirates stadium website to book the Arsenal stadium tour online as well as check the Arsenal stadium tour opening times. For the ultimate Arsenal experience, I recommend looking for a Highbury location to stay in. The old Highbury stadium is now apartments, therefore some of these can be reserved through Airbnb.
Emirates Stadium – Location
The Emirates stadium is located in North London. You can reach the stadium by taking the London Underground Piccadilly line to Arsenal station. Alternatively, you can take the tube to Finsbury Park as well as Highbury and Islington. These are served by the Victoria and Piccadilly lines. All these stations are in zone 2 of the underground as the Emirates stadium is very close to central London. However you arrive to the Emirates stadium, you’ll be greeted with the impressive stadium exterior. Furthermore, Arsenal station is the only station on the underground named after a football club.
Arsenal Stadium Tour – Meeting Point
The Arsenal stadium tour starts from the club shop. As the tour is self guided, you can spend as much time in the store before you start. This is a good time to check out the Arsenal merchandise and the store is huge so there is no shortage of it! You can even buy an Arsenal shirt with your name printed on it. An idea would be to buy yourself an Arsenal shirt before taking the tour, therefore you’ll be in your Arsenal attire in your pictures.
The best seats in the stadium are of course the directors seats. Not only are they the comfiest seats but they also have the best view. Having said this, I would be happy with any seat in the stadium to watch a match! You’re welcome to take as many pictures as you want from this viewpoint but remember, later on you’ll be going pitchside.
Directors Box Interior
When the directors and VIPs are not watching the match, they’re likely enjoying food prepared by Michelin star chefs. Above the directors box is the Diamond Club which also offers fine dining and an excellent view of the game. If you wish to have a similar experience to the directors and VIP’s I recommend enquiring about the Diamond Club.
Emirates stadium has a capacity of around 60,000. As a result it’s the 8th largest stadium in the UK. Arsenal moved to the Emirates in 2006 from their old stadium, Highbury. Highbury was famous for having one of the best playing surfaces in English football. To maintain Arsenals ‘perfect pitch’ reputation, the stadium was designed to let in as much light as possible. Additionally, the famous clock from Highbury is located on top of the stadium. There are also 2 more iconic clocks in the stadium, 1 on the South stand and another in the Diamond lounge.
Home Team Dressing Room
The Arsenal home team dressing room contains the shirts of the current Arsenal squad. Which is your favourite Arsenal player? You’re welcome to pose for pictures in his changing area. Many Arsenal legends have used these facilities including Thierry Henry, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Mesut Ozil.
Home Team Showers
As well as the dressing rooms, the Arsenal team have access to some excellent facilities. There are showers, a warm up area, a massage area and lots of extras the away team don’t have access to.
Head Coach’s Office
Something unique about the Arsenal stadium tour is that you have access to the Head Coach’s office. This is where Arsene Wenger spent 11 years as Arsenal coach. I visited when Unai Emery was the coach. For this reason there were a few bottles of San Miguel beer on display!
Away Team Dressing Room
The away team dressing room are impressive but with less facilities than the home teams. Shirts on display in here are from the teams which have played at the Emirates. Arsenal have faced opposition such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto, Man Utd, Liverpool, Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco. As a result several legends have used these dressing rooms including Lionel Messi.
Did you ever wonder how it feels to walk through the players tunnel onto the Emirates pitch? If you have ever watched Arsenal on TV, you’ll see the players stood waiting to come out onto the pitch. They’re waiting in the players tunnel. So many famous managers and players have walked through this tunnel. Managers who walked through the players tunnel include Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, Jurgen Klopp, Claudio Ranieri and several others. Famous players include Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben.
Arsenal Stadium Tour – Pitch Side
You’re invited to sit in the dugout and take pictures. If you bought yourself an Arsenal jacket in the club shop you could do the famous Wenger action of trying to put his hands in his pockets. Furthermore, you could pose as an Arsenal manager yourself and point to the pitch.
Premiership and European press conferences are broadcast from the Arsenal press room. You can sit where the managers and players give press conferences and pose for pictures. As it’s a self guided tour you can stay here as long as you wish. As a result you could even make a YouTube video and post your Arsenal press conference online. It would be really beneficial to dress up in Arsenal clothes for pictures in the press room!
Flash Interview Rooms
The flash interview rooms are another good place to make a YouTube video. The manager and a few players will give a quick interviews here after the match.
Arsenal Stadium Tour – Media Lounge
Of all the stadiums tours I have taken, the Emirates stadium has by far the best media lounge. You can see the area the journalists and photographers have access to. In this area they can upload photos and stories from the game or any new transfer news. It’s an excellent area and Arsenal obviously value their relationship with the press. Imagine the chaos in here the day Arsene Wenger announced his last season!
Highbury Time Capsule
Arsenal played at Highbury for over 90 years, as a result it holds a lot of Arsenals rich history. Inside the Emirates stadium is a Highbury time capsule to honor their Highbury era. There are 39 historic items inside this time capsule including;
- Picture of Ian Wright scoring his record breaking goal
- Pictures of all Arsenal managers
- Highbury match ticket
- Guided tour of Highbury video
- Arsenal home shirt from 1913
It’s worth taking a few moments to read the list as there are several items of historical importance.
Arsenal Legend Tours
Who is your favourite Arsenal legend? It’s possible to take a stadium tour guided by an Arsenal legend. Legend tours are given by Nigel Winterburn, Perry Groves or Charlie George. Check the schedule to see if there is a legend tour when you visit. Another option is a VIP legend experience, these tours include access to parts of the stadium no other tour can access. Furthermore, you can experience the fine dining in the Diamond Club. Former players which give VIP legend experience include, Ray Parlour, David Seaman, Martin Keown or Lee Dixon. Of course, a photo opportunity with Yorkshireman David Seaman is priceless!
Entry to the Arsenal museum tour is included in the Arsenal stadium tour. In the Arsenal museum you can read all about the beginnings of Arsenal up to the present day. An important part of Arsenal history is the invincibles team of 2003/2004. The invincibles squad deservedly gets a special mention in the museum. Of course the invincibles played at Highbury and you’ll also learn a lot about the Highbury era. As a matter of fact the center circle from Highbury is also on display in the museum.
There are several trophies and several signed legends shirts on display in the museum. In addition there are TV monitors replaying the important historic matches which Arsenal participated in.
How to get to the Emirates Stadium from Central London
I highly recommend you take the Piccadilly line northbound to Arsenal station. The reason for this is not only because it’s the closest station to the Emirates stadium but also because you can take some photos in ‘Arsenal’ station. For an Arsenal fan, a photo with the iconic tube logo named after Arsenal is a good warm up to seeing the stadium itself!
Enjoy your Arsenal stadium tour and book in advance on the Emirates stadium website for the best prices.