Murrayfield is the largest stadium in Scotland and the home of Scottish Rugby. Reasons to take a Murrayfield stadium tour include;
- Largest stadium in Scotland
- Home of the Scotland Rugby Team
- Visit the dressing rooms, pitch side and VIP suite
- View the Trophy Cabinet
- Historic Rugby Stadium
It’s possible to walk to Murrayfield from central Edinburgh therefore you could definitely stay in an Edinburgh hotel. Alternatively, you could stay nearer to the stadium in either Murrayfield or Haymarket.
Murrayfield is in the western suburbs of Edinburgh. It’s incredibly easy to get to as the Edinburgh tram stops right outside the stadium. Furthermore, Haymarket station is a short walk away. How about walking from central Edinburgh? it takes around 30-40 minutes.
Scottish Rugby Store – Murrayfield Stadium Tour Meeting Point
The Murrayfield stadium tour meeting point is in the Scottish Rugby Store. I recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes before it starts so you can check out the merchandise on sale. Here you can buy memorabilia not only from the Scottish national team but also the local Edinburgh Rugby team. This is also your first opportunity to buy a rugby souvenir of your trip to Edinburgh. Perhaps you could buy a Scotland shirt to pose in during the Murrayfield stadium tour!
Murrayfield Stadium Tour Times
Tours take place Monday to Saturday at 11am. However, check the tour schedule online to confirm it’s running on the day you visit.
The trophy cabinet and rugby museum are quite small at Murrayfield. However, there are some very interesting articles on display. I was lucky enough to visit when Scotland were the current holders of Calcutta Cup. This trophy is over 139 years old and is made from melted down silver Indian rupees. Another interesting article is the oldest rugby cap in the world which is something Twickenham would like in their World Rugby Museum! Finally, spread throughout the room are interesting gifts from visiting countries.
Murrayfield has a capacity of over 67,000. As a result, it’s the largest stadium in Scotland and third largest rugby venue in the UK after Twickenham and the Principality Stadium. It’s principly the home of Scottish Rugby Union but it’s also used for other sports. Other events held at Murrayfield include American football, rugby league, football as well as music concerts. Famous artists who have performed here include U2, Rolling Stones, Madonna and David Bowie. Just in case you’re wondering, the second, third and fourth largest stadiums in Scotland are Celtic Park, Hampden Park and Ibrox Stadium.
BBC Scotland Studio
A truly unique experience on the Murrayfield stadium tour is a visit to the BBC Scotland studio. If you watch rugby on TV it’s highly likely that you’ll recognise this venue. What’s more, you’re welcome to sit down and pose for photos in the TV studio. Moreover, as you’d expect, the BBC have an excellent view of Murrayfield stadium.
Have you ever wondered what the most expensive ticket to a matchday gets you? You can visit the VIP suite and lounge. As well as access to the VIP box, ticket holders have access to complimentary food and drinks. Additionally, they have an outdoor seating area in front of the box. Murrayfield can get quite cold therefore I expect watching the game indoors is much more comfortable!
As part of the stadium tour you’ll visit the royal box. Princess Anne is a frequent visitor to Murrayfield and you see where she sits. As a matter of fact she enjoys a little bit of heating during a match! So why is Princess Anne the royal who visits Murrayfield? Because she is a patron of Scottish Rugby Union.
Bill McLaren Press Gallery
Who is Bill Mclaren? This is a question I asked as I entered the Bill Mclaren press gallery. Bill Mclaren became famous for his rugby commentary in the 50’s and remained so right up until the 21st century. Some of his unique quotes kept him so popular for so long and the guide will play some of his most famous for you. Read some Bill Mclaren quotes here. Finally, journalists have exclusive access to the Press Gallery during match day.
Home and Away Team Dressing Rooms
Unfortunately when I visited Murrayfield, the dressing rooms were undergoing refurbishment. Is there a disadvantage to the away team dressing room? How patriotic is the home team dressing room? If you visit the dressing rooms, please share your pictures and stories in the comments.
Players Tunnel and Pitchside
As you walk through the players tunnel into the stadium, you’ll pass some huge Scottish flags. This lets any opponents know they are facing the Scots in Scotland. Once you arrive pitchside, this is one of the best photo opportunities of the stadium tour.
How to get to Murrayfield from Central Edinburgh
Murrayfield is located in the western suburbs of Edinburgh. It’s possible to walk and takes around 30-40 minutes. However, it’s more convenient to take the tram from central Edinburgh to Murrayfield Station which is opposite the stadium. Lastly, if you’re arriving by train to Edinburgh from another city, get off at Haymarket. From there it’s a short walk to Murrayfield, or you could also catch the tram.
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