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Lord's Cricket Ground Tour Review

By Edited Jun 20, 2014 0 0
Lords cricket ground Members pavilion
Credit: Jason Merlino

 

 

 

Even if you know nothing about cricket, a tour of Lord's Cricket Ground in London is a fascinating day out. You'll find out about the history and architecture of the ground and see areas such as the Members Pavillion and Media Centre generally not open to the public.
 
Lord's is considered the 'Home of Cricket' and its owner, the MCC or Marylebone Cricket Club, remains the guardian of both the laws and spirit of the game.

Within the grounds, is the MCC museum which holds 400 years of cricket history. Highlights include the Wisden Trophy and, of course, the original Ashes urn. The museum also has bats, balls and personal cricket equipment donated by great players like Glenn McGrath, Paul Collingwood and Shane Warne - as well as from past greats such as Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs and Sir Don Bradman.

Tours of Lord's

Tours of Lord's give visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes at MCC's ground, where you can see many of the most famous sights in world cricket. Tours run daily all year round and give visitors the opportunity to go to areas normally off-limits to the public. Tours last around 100 minutes and start in the MCC Museum, which is within the Lord's ground.

Photography is not allowed within the buildings particularly the Members Pavilion but you can take photos at various vantage points around the ground.

The tour starts with the most famous and important artifact in the Museum, the Ashes urn. This piece of sporting history is well-known to any Australian or English cricket follower. The Ashes is a small wooden urn that standing 11 cm high. It was presented to the captain of the English Cricket Team, during the 1882-83 tour in Australia as a personal gift. It is a sporting icon which has assumed a significance which is totally disproportional to its size. 

The tours moves on to a visit inside The Pavilion to the Long Room which leads to the player's dressing rooms. This is where every player has to walk through on their way to the field and on their way back. There are some interesting portraits and a trophy cabinet to see in this room. Photography is strictly not allowed in this area. 

The tour continues around the ground where you are able to take some interesting photographs across the field to the various stands. From this part of the tour, you should be able see the famous 2 metre high (6 foot) weathervane portraying Old Father Time. It is located above the clock between The Mound and the Tavern Stands.

Lords cricket ground(111695)
Credit: Jason Merlino

The last area you will visit is the media centre. This was a somewhat controversial design when built. Shaped like an oval and made of aluminium, it looks completely out-of-place in this historic stadium however the view from the top is faultless. From here you can see the slope of the Lords ground and a perfect view of the pavilion.

The Lord's shop is near the East Gate and has souvenirs, replica Ashes urns, and a range of clothing, mugs, key rings and books.

Lords Cricket Ground Media Centre
Credit: Jason Merlino

 

Tickets:
Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day. Open-ended tickets are also available as gifts.

Tour Times:
Tours run all year with three daily tours from April to September and two daily tours from October to March. Check the official website for latest information.

There are no tours on major match days at Lord's, or on preparation days; and during minor matches the Long Room will be accessible only on the 10am tour.

Address: Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN

Nearest Tube Stations: St John's Wood station is a 10 minute walk, Baker Street and Marylebone stations are a 15 minute walk.

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Bibliography

  1. "Lord's the home of cricket." Tours of Lord's. 5/09/2012 <Web >

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