Published: Friday 8th of October 2010
One of the most popular of all London attractions has to be Wembley Stadium.
After the re-opening of the venue in 2007, thousands of people have added a visit to the stadium to their things to do in London checklist and for good reason.
Situated in north-west London, Wembley stadium has been the home of football in England since 1923 and has seen many great sportsmen play on its pitch.
It is also the location of important football events including the FA Cup Final, the Community Shield and the FA Carlsberg Vase and Trophy finals.
Therefore, it is hardly surprising that football fans choose to venture to Wembley to catch a glimpse of its arch in the shadow of the city.
For those who have not been fortunate enough to get tickets to a football game, there are still plenty of opportunities to enter through the large doors of the stadium.
Tours of the venue have become increasingly popular over the years and now thousands of visitors choose to purchase the £15 entrance pass to journey around the venue between 10:00 and 16:00 BST everyday, except on match days.
It gives football enthusiasts the opportunity to take a 90-minute tour through the impressive piece of architecture and learn all about the stadium's history from a knowledgeable guide.
Some of the highlights of the trip include being able to see the Jules Rimet Trophy commemorating England's World Cup glory in 1966 and spot the crossbar of the game that helped secure the national side's triumph that year, as well as take a look at the torch that signified the start of the Olympic Games held in the capital in 1948.
On entering the stadium, tour groups will be taken to a number of different areas including VIP boxes, private rooms and the England team's deluxe changing rooms.
Visitors will really share in the football stars' adrenaline before a match by running through the Players Tunnel and facing the 90,000 seats surrounding the green turf.
For those who think they could be the next Fabio Cappello, they can sit in the manager's seat and practise shouting orders at the empty pitch.
And anyone who has watched the ceremony of receiving the FA Cup many times before can relive the glory by getting their hands on a replica version of the trophy.
There is even a chance to pretend to give the national side a roasting at the press conference room, where players have been hounded by newspapers' questions many times before.
Some of the most memorable moments that have made history on Wembley's turf are compiled in a video so inspiring that will leave even the most disheartened football fan singing Three Lions on their way out of the stadium.
For visitors who simply want a taste of a Wembley experience, there is the mini tour option for £10.
This 60-minute journey will still enable fans to get a panoramic view of the one-kilometre circumference stadium bowl and sit in the prestigious Royal Box.
However, in order to really feel as though you have experienced some of Wembley's electrifying history, the full tour, which lets attendees visit the dugouts, go pitchside and imagine the players' tension as they get syked up for a game in the Players' Tunnel, is not one to miss on a trip to London.
The tour is so gratifying that the disappointment at this year's World Cup performance becomes a long and distant memory when having endless pictures proudly taken next to the statue of English football hero Bobby Moore.
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