On the 10th March, GO Travel Show director Darryl Murdoch joined 25 GTO readers on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the ‘Home of Football’ Wembley Stadium.
Darryl reports back, ‘As a huge football fan, I’ve been to Wembley to watch my club win, lose and draw, and as a teenager took the “original” Wembley tour before the rebuilding of the stadium, so I was very excited to take a behind the scenes tour of this famous building. What struck me was that the tour covers much more than football. Although the national sport is at the forefront of the majority of the tour, there is much to engage fans of other sports and activities. Boxing is another of my keen interests, as is music, and the excellent tour guide takes you through some of the iconic events that have taken place at Wembley, both old and new.
From England’s glorious 1966 World Cup victory, Champions League triumphs, the historic ongoing tradition of FA Cup Final and the countless sell-out concerts from the biggest legends in music, the tour gives you the chance to relive the Stadium’s greatest moments whilst creating some new ones of your own. For me the unique opportunity to go ‘deep into the heart’ of Wembley is a real bonus as you sit in the dressing rooms, walk out of the players’ tunnel onto the pitch and then up the famous steps to the Royal Box. For a football fan this golden chance to go where the players go, see what the players see, and feel what the players feel, is one not to be missed!
The Wembley Stadium tour is a must for groups as it gives visitors the chance to walk through at their own pace with a video and audio guide initially and then a guided tour. It is very accessible for those who have difficulty walking or other mobility issues.’
“I just wanted to thank you for organising such a wonderful visit to Wembley Stadium. The guide was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ”
“Part of the tour included going up and down various levels and, as one of us is a wheelchair user, he was escorted by a member of staff via the nearest lift to join up with the group on the different levels. Though this meant he lost some of the experience of going up various famous stairs like up to royal box, he did not miss too much and access was well organised. We arrived by London Underground and can report that Wembley Park station is wheelchair accessible.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and can recommend the Wembley Stadium tour. Whatever your special needs,the stadium will overcome them.”
Brian Linnegar, Bushey and Watford Phab Club
For further information, visit Wembleystadium.com.