Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum with The London Pass Normally £13.00 - Included with London Pass

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum tells the story of Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament on the planet.

Feel the wonder of Wimbledon at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, the largest tennis museum in the world. Located within the Wimbledon complex itself, the museum uses specialist exhibitions, interactive elements and VR to tell the story of Wimbledon and bring the competition to life.

Enjoy access to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum with The London Pass®

  • Pay nothing at the door.
  • Learn how the competition has developed since the inaugural 1877 Wimbledon Championships.
  • See clothing and equipment donated by tennis heroes past and present.
  • Get close to the Championship Trophies.
  • Test your hand-eye coordination and reactions on the Batak wall.
  • Take the Wimbledon Tour Experience, also included with The London Pass.

 

Pass Perk

Passholders can also access the Wimbledon Tour Experience, a 90-minute guided tour which takes you behind-the-scenes of Wimbledon.

 

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- Know before you go

- Make the most of your London Pass®

- How to get there


The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum history

First held in 1877, Wimbledon (also known as ‘The Championships, Wimbledon’ or ‘The Championships’) is the oldest tennis tournament on the planet. The only event held in its first year was the Gentlemen's Singles, with Ladies’ Singles and Gentlemen’s Doubles competitions added in 1884, and Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles contested from 1913 onwards.

Originally an amateur competition, professional tennis players couldn’t take part until 1968. It is today one of the four Grand Slam events, alongside the French, Australian and US Opens. With the Australian Open contested on hardcourt from 1988 onwards, Wimbledon stands as the only Grand Slam tennis tournament still played on grass.

The outdoor nature of the event and the fact that it all takes place on classic grass courts are undoubtedly part of Wimbledon’s charm. Add to this the typical Wimbledon spectator’s fondness for strawberries and cream washed down with the ubiquitous gin-based fruit drink Pimm’s, and you can see how the tournament has come to symbolise British summer time.

Of course, British summertime isn’t known for its predictably fine weather, so long stoppages and rain delays were as much a part of Wimbledon tradition as the strict all-white dress code for players. The rain delays’ days look numbered, however, with retractable roofs fitted on Centre Court and No.1 Court in 2009 and 2019 respectively.

Today, the tournament’s popularity is global, with millions worldwide drawn to Wimbledon’s quintessentially British character and traditional feel, perhaps as much as the elite tennis talent the competition showcases.

The opening of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum on the complex in 1977—and its expanded reopening in 2006—further cemented the notion that Wimbledon is now a global event, adored by fans across the planet. The fact that it’s open year-round also shows that Wimbledon’s appeal is no longer limited to two short weeks in summer.



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The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum highlights

  • Enjoy the VR experience, which makes you as small as an ant, so you can learn about the science behind Wimbledon’s famous grass. The immersive exhibit also transforms you into an umpire. 
  • Take the chance to feel the sportswear worn by Victorian tennis players. 
  • Learn about the developments of the tournament since its inception in 1877. 
  • See a wealth of memorabilia, including clothes and equipment, worn by legends old and new. 
  • Test your reactions and hand-eye coordination on the Batak wall, a special piece of training kit used by elite tennis players. 
  • Go behind-the scenes at Wimbledon on the Wimbledon Tour Experience, a special 90-minute tour (pre-booking advised) of the Wimbledon grounds, included with The London Pass. 


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The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum facts

  • Slazenger have supplied all tennis balls for Wimbledon since 1902, making the relationship between the sports brand and the tournament the longest running sports sponsorship in history.
  • Tennis balls used to be white or black. When colour television was introduced in the UK, the traditional white balls used at Wimbledon were harder to see than they were on black and white TV. So the then Controller of BBC2 suggested they change the ball colour to yellow. The name of that BBC2 Controller? Sir David Attenborough. It took the people at Wimbledon until 1986 to make the changes, but still…is there anything he can’t do?
  • Over the course of each year’s tournament, the repairs team string around 2,000 rackets and get through over 40 miles of string in the process.


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The Wimbledon Tour Experience

This 90-minute guided tour departs from the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum several times a day. The Blue Badge Guide takes you behind-the-scenes of Wimbledon, taking in the press interview room, the BBC TV studio, the players’ entrance, the view from the members’ balcony and Centre Court itself. The tour is a fantastic way to supplement your trip to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and see a side to Wimbledon usually reserved for players, staff and journalists.


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Know before you go

During the Wimbledon Championships, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is open to match ticket holders only. The Wimbledon Tour Experience doesn’t run whilst the tournament is on. At other times of the year, the tour may be rerouted, changed or cancelled altogether due to events, building works and timetabling. Check the official website for details.


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Getting in

Pre-booking of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is advised throughout the year. Please contact the attraction directly, at least 48 hours in advance of your planned visit. You can get in touch with them via email museum@aeltc.com or by calling 0208 946 6131. 
The entrance to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is located at Gate 4 on Church Road, SW19 5AG.


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Make the most of your London Pass

At the museum, there are audio guides available in 10 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Croatian and Brazilian Portuguese). London Pass holders should note that the Wimbledon Experience Tour is also available and features VIP access to restricted areas including No 1 Court and the Press Interview Room as well as informative commentary from a trained Blue Badge guide.

If you enjoy your visit to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum why not consider another London sporting tour such as the Chelsea FC Stadium tour or the Twickenham Stadium Tour & Museum Of Rugby?


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How to get there

The entrance to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is located at Gate 4 on Church Road, SW19 5AG.

Underground

Southfields - District line (15 minute walk from attraction)

Train

Wimbledon - 20 minute walk from attraction

Bus

The 493, which departs from both Wimbledon Station and Southfields, is the most convenient bus to use.

For more information, check the official website here 

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Getting to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Getting to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum Church Road Wimbledon London SW19 5AG

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Opening Times

Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

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