For tourists there are two options that are worthwhile to visit nearby and these are:
- Stadium Tours
Allowing you to explore areas of the ground such as the changing rooms (both home and away), the player’s tunnel, directors box and pitchside. The stadium tour is a self-guided audio tour that is narrated by Bob Wilson who is a notorious Arsenal figurehead and this tour comes with free access to the museum. One of the bonuses of this tour is that you can decide on the day as there is no need to advance book.
Alternatively, you can also experience the “Legends Tour” which is a guided tour by a selected ex-Arsenal player (there are several options available) but this needs to be booked in advance and you need to arrive 20 minutes before the start time.
If you are looking for something a bit more special (although also expensive) you can opt for a match day tour which allows you to sit in the dugout, visit the director’s box and go pitchside all on match day to experience the atmosphere and buzz when the team are playing. Again this is something that requires advanced booking and you (and your bags) will be searched on the day)
- Arsenal Museum
Lastly the Arsenal museum displays memorabilia and exhibits (that are regularly refreshed with new player kit) with signed pieces from previous club members. It’s open daily and is something you can do on match day before taking to your seat to get a sense of history before you start.
Arsenal offers great stadium tours on match days, which take you all over the ground – you get access to the Directors box, the press conference room as well as pitch side access with the opportunity to take a seat in the home dugout! The tour price of £35 for an adult and £25 for a child also includes access to the museum.
For the price of £55 for an adult and £35 for a child however, you can have your tour led by an Arsenal legend such as Lee Dixon and Nigel Winter burn, offering you that personal touch and a chance to meet your heroes!
The Arsenal Museum houses some amazing memorabilia, such as trophy’s and medals, as well as more personal items such as Jens Lehman’s goalkeeping gloves that he used throughout Arsenals unbeaten season!
In summer of 2016, the Arsenal museum reopened after its massive renovation project. You should go there! There’s a treasure trove of outstanding memorabilia which will send you packing down memory lane. If you do the full stadium tour, then entry to the museum is free; that’s a whole day’s worth of Arsenal right there!
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