A tour of Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium is a must for fans of Liverpool FC. The tour takes you behind the scenes giving you a chance to visit the dressing rooms and walk down the tunnel onto the pitch.
The Liverpool FC Story is the museum about the club that includes a cinema showing highlights from the club’s history. A visit to the museum is part of the stadium tour but you can also just visit the museum on its own.
What to see on the Liverpool Anfield Stadium tour
The stadium tour is a self-guided experience that lets you see most areas of the stadium including many areas that are off-limits to the public.
Visitors taking a tour of Anfield can:
- take in the view of the pitch and the city from the top level of the Main Stand;
- visit the Press Room;
- visit both the home and away dressing rooms;
- sit in the manager’s dugout;
- touch the iconic This is Anfield sign and then walk through the players’ tunnel, and
- take photos of the Main Stand from The Kop.
Mighty Red, LFC’s official club mascot, often makes an appearance on the level two concourse on the tour route. You’re most likely to see him around 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm. It is best to book your tour time slot around 1½ hours before Mighty Red’s appearance time for your best chance to see him.
Matchday tours cost a little more (£22 instead of £20). The main difference between standard tours and those running on matchdays are that the matchday tours are let by a professional guide (as opposed to a self-guided multimedia/audio tour) and there are some areas (such as the Press Room and the team dressing rooms) that are off-limits as these areas are in use by the teams in the lead-up to the game. Matchday tours last for 45 minutes and operate before the game.
The Liverpool FC Story Museum
Everyone taking a stadium tour is also able to visit the Liverpool FC Story museum, which has exhibits detailing the highlights of 125 years of the club’s history.
The museum has interactive exhibits, displays about the team’s top players and memorabilia from the team’s history including all six European Cups.
A visit to the museum also includes The Steven Gerrard Collection, which is an exhibition of the former captain’s personal collection of football memorabilia. This includes his England and Liverpool FC shirts, signed shirts from other teams as well as medals and trophies.
People not taking the full stadium tour are able to buy a ticket to just the museum. This is not a very popular option as the main attraction is the stadium tour, however, it may be something to consider if you’re visiting Liverpool on a day when there are no tours running or if your budget doesn’t allow for the full tour.
If you’re travelling with someone who is doing the full tour but you are just not that interested in football to justify going on the tour with them you may want to visit the museum while you wait for them, although most people in this position would either do something completely different in the city centre or grab a bite to eat and a drink in the Boot Room sports cafe instead.
Visiting the Liverpool FC Anfield stadium
The stadium is in Anfield, which is around a 15-minute bus ride north of the city centre. Bus route 27 runs every 15 minutes into the city centre, terminating at the Liverpool One bus station.
The tour starts at the Boot Room sports cafe in the Kop stand on Walton Breck Road. This is easy to find as it is near the main entrance, right across the road from The Park pub.
It is a good idea to come back to the Boot Room at the end of the tour for a bite to eat and something to drink as there is more memorabilia on display in the cafe.
Unlike most other stadium tours, the Anfield tour is self-guided with visitors using a handheld tablet with club-branded headphones to follow along the tour route. Although this means that you can’t ask your tour guide questions, it lets you take the tour at your own pace and spend a little longer in the parts of the stadium that you find the most interesting.
The tour is available in 10 languages: Arabic, British Sign Language, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Thai.
On selected days there is also the option of a tour with a Legends Q&A session. This costs around twice as much as a standard tour and involves meeting a former player who will tell you more about the club including funny anecdotes and stories based on firsthand experience. These sessions include a Q&A session where you can ask your own questions. Legends Q&A sessions last around an hour and the price includes the stadium tour and museum admission.
Tours that run on match days are a little different as these are led by a tour guide. Matchday tours cost a couple of pounds more but do not provide access to as many areas of the stadium as you get on a standard (non-matchday) tour.
If you want access to more areas of the stadium it is best to avoid matchday tours (and even tours the day before a matchday).
The self-guided tour can take anywhere from one to three hours with the average visitor spending around 1½ hours on the stadium tour. Guided matchday tours take 45 minutes. You need to allow additional time to visit the team museum as well as time to travel to Anfield and back to the city centre.