The Wimbledon Guided Tour takes you around the grounds and to places that can be hard to get to during the Wimbledon Championships… like Centre Court!
It costs 20 pounds for Adults to do the tour and visit the museum. Overall I give the experience a huge thumbs up. The tour guide was excellent, and as well as seeing behind the scenes of the tournament, visiting the museum is an enjoyable way to learn about the history and traditions of the tournament.
Tours don’t run around the time of the Championships. Tour dates and times are on the Wimbledon website.
It’s pretty straightforward to get to the Wimbledon Tennis Club. Take a train to Wimbledon station and then the 493 bus takes you straight to the Tennis Club.
The Olympic tennis will be played at Wimbledon and a lot of work has been done to create a plan to get the grass ready for the Olympics in the short space of time following the Wimbledon Championships.
Around the Grounds
Fred Perry won Wimbledon three years in a row and was the last British man to win Wimbledon in 1936. His ashes are buried near the statue.
During the tournament the grounds will be transformed by floral decorations which create the atmosphere of an English country garden party.
The Court Coverers are trained to get the covers on in 19 seconds when it rains so that the grass can be kept as dry as possible.
Court 1 has 11,429 seats and has 24 hour security to protect the grass from foxes.
The Media Room
All players are contractually required to do a 10 minute media interview following each match that they play.
Centre Court holds 15,000 people and has had a retractable roof for the last few years.
Racquets, outfits, trophies and more are on display in the museum.
Want to become a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club?
One of the key member benefits is the right to buy two tickets for each day of the Wimbledon Championships. Singles champions and some others become honorary members but otherwise to obtain a membership you need a recommendation from four existing full members and all members must be tennis fans and active within the club. Sounds like a great gig to me!
Have you done the Wimbledon tour? If so, what did you enjoy most?
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal