Wembley Stadium is a major football stadium in Wembley in London’s northern suburbs.
The 90,000-seat stadium the largest stadium in England and the second-largest in Europe. It was open in 2007 and replaced the original Wembley Stadium which operated on the site between 1923 and 2000.
The stadium features the 134m (440 ft)-high Wembley Arch, which provides structural support for the stadium as well as being a Wembley landmark.
Wembley Stadium is the home ground for the England football team and the FA Cup final. In addition to football, the stadium also hosts the rugby league Challenge Cup final and is a popular concert venue.
It is not to be confused with the nearby Wembley Arena, an indoor sports arena built for the 1934 British Empire Games, and subsequently used for the 1948 Olympic Games and more recently as a concert venue.
What to see at Wembley Stadium
Although most people visit Wembley Stadium to watch a game or see a concert, guided tours of the stadium allow you to see behind the scenes while discovering more about the venue than is possible to a regular visitor.
The 75-minute guided tours take you into the England dressing room, the players’ tunnel and the press room. You are also able to sit in the manager’s benches and hold the (replica) Emirates FA Cup.
Visiting Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium is served by Wembley Stadium and Wembley Central railway stations, and also by Wembley Park tube station. The closest station is Wembley Stadium, which is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the stadium (depending on which entrance you use). Wembley Central is a 15 to 20-minute walk and Wembley Park is a 10 to 15-minute walk. Trains to Wembley Stadium leave from London Marylebone station every half-hour and take nine minutes, trains to Wembley Central leave from London Euston station every 10–15 minutes and take between nine and 21 minutes (depending on whether it is an express train) and from London Paddington every half-hour (and take 29 minutes). Wembley Park tube station is on the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines, although Bakerloo line trains are much quicker (they only have one intermediate stop between Baker Street and Wembley Park) and only take 12 minutes from Baker Street (with trains running every three minutes).
There are multiple tours most days (Jan–Mar hourly; Apr–Oct every half-hour; Nov–Dec hourly), although tours may be cancelled when there are daytime events at the stadium. Guided stadium tours last 75 minutes.