Lord’s Cricket Ground is the world’s most famous cricket ground. In addition to watching a cricket match at Lord’s, you are able to visit the MCC Museum and take tours of the ground and the 28,000-seat stadium.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is the world’s most famous cricket ground. The cricket stadium is named after its founder Thomas Lord and is owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Lord’s calls itself the home of cricket and it is home to many of cricket’s leading bodies including the Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the European Cricket Council and until 2005, the International Cricket Council.
Lord’s hosts a variety of cricket matches including test matches, one-day internationals, MCC matches and some Middlesex home matches and Twenty20 games.
The ground’s oldest permanent fixture is the annual Eton vs Harrow match, which has been played at Lord’s for over 200 years (Lord Byron played for Harrow in the inaugural match in 1805).
What to see at Lord’s Cricket Ground
In addition to watching a cricket match at Lord’s, you are able to visit the MCC Museum and take tours of the ground and the 28,000-seat stadium.
The MCC Museum is the world’s oldest sports museum, which boasts an excellent collection of cricketing memorabilia dating from 1864. Exhibits include the Ashes urn, the Prudential Trophy and cricket gear worn by Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs, Don Bradman and Shane Warne.
Guided tours of the ground show you through the MCC Museum and also let you visit the dressing rooms, the Long Room and the JP Morgan Media Centre. Like any good stadium tour, the Lord’s guided tour ends in the gift shop.
Players’ Dining Room Experience
The premium tour option is the Players’ Dining Room Experience, which is essentially the regular guided tour followed by a three-course meal in the Players’ Dining Room where you eat from the same menu that players choose from on a match day.
Visiting Lord’s Cricket Ground
Lord’s Cricket Ground is in St John’s Wood just west of Regent’s Park. It is less than a 10-minute walk to St John’s Wood tube station.
Entry to the MCC Museum is only available to visitors with a pre-booked tour of the ground and also on match days for visitors with a ticket for that day’s game. There is no additional admission charge if you are taking a tour of the ground or for visitors with a ticket for a test match, one day international, one day cup final or T20 Blast match. Visitors with tickets for other match days pay £3 for museum entry (£1 for students and seniors aged over 60).
The one hour and 40-minute tour run every day (3–8 tours per day), except during major matches. Tours cost £24, £18 for seniors aged over 60 and disabled visitors and £15 for students. Guided tours must be booked online in advance.
Some areas of the ground may be off-limits depending on matches and other events taking place on the day you visit. It is best to check the fixtures to ensure that your tour does not clash with other events taking place that day to ensure that you have access to as much of the ground and stadium as possible.
The Players’ Dining Room Experience only runs once every couple of weeks and it is essential to book in advance. This a premium experience that costs £90 including entry to the MCC Museum and the guided tour followed by a three-course meal in the Players’ Dining Room.
If you’re taking a tour it is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your tour so you have time to look through the MCC Museum, which is included in the tour admission fee. It is not possible to re-enter Lord’s to look at the museum after the tour.
Allow two hours for a visit to the MCC Museum followed by a guided tour and three hours for the Players’ Dining Room Experience.