Wimbledon Tour Experience

The London Pass Access to The Wimbledon Tour Experience and a tour of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club Normally £25.00 - Included with London Pass

The Wimbledon Tour Experience gives you behind-the-scenes access to perhaps the most prestigious and storied tennis club on the planet: the All England Lawn Tennis Club, venue for the yearly Wimbledon Championships.

The Tour takes you around the home of British tennis, into areas usually reserved for the competitors, staff and journalists. It’ll also take you through the BBC TV Studio, the press interview room, the players’ entrance, the members’ balcony overlooking the grounds and, finally, the world famous Centre Court.

Explore the home of the most famous tennis tournament in the world on the Wimbledon Tour Experience. Expertly led by an incredibly knowledgeable Blue Badge Guide, you’ll learn all about the work required to make Wimbledon the phenomenon it is, see parts of the club usually reserved for players and the press, and even see historic Centre Court, one of the most legendary patches of grass in the world.

Enjoy access to the Wimbledon Tour Experience with The London Pass®

  • Pay nothing at the door—simply show your pass.
  • Take a 90-minute tour of the complex with an experienced and knowledgeable Blue Badge Guide.
  • Enjoy fabulous views across the grounds from the members’ balcony.
  • Discover the historic Centre Court.
  • The pass also grants you access to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, an attraction in itself, located onsite.


Pass perk

Passholders can access the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, which features a Virtual Reality Experience and a museum audio guide available in 10 languages.


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- The Wimbledon Tour Experience history

- The Wimbledon Tour Experience highlights

- The Wimbledon Tour Experience facts

- Don’t Miss

- Know before you go

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there

 

Wimbledon Tour Experience history

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club was established in 1868 and held the first Wimbledon Championship in 1877. The Gentlemen’s Singles was the only tournament held at the inaugural event, with the first Ladies’ Singles and Gentleman’s Doubles competitions both added in 1884, and Ladies’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles in 1913. First televised in 1937, Wimbledon was an amateur competition until 1968, when the creation of the open era led to the participation of professional tennis players for the first time.

The competition’s name is formally ‘The Championships, Wimbledon’, though it has been variously called ‘The All England Lawn Tennis Champions’, ‘The Wimbledon Championships’ and, most commonly these days, just ‘Wimbledon’.

Wimbledon stands as the oldest tennis tournament on the planet, and many see it as the most esteemed and prestigious, because of its history, format and traditions. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis competitions, in a field that includes the French, Australian and US Opens. Wimbledon is the only one of them still contested on grass, the most traditional—and often the most unpredictable—playing surface for tennis games.

The tournament’s resistance to move to a more easily managed playing surface is one of the elements that gives Wimbledon its charm, along with the strict all-white dress code for players and absence of excessive sponsor advertising. Strawberries and cream and Pimm’s have become synonymous with Wimbledon, as signifiers of a certain kind of British summertime sophistication.

While maintaining its traditions, Wimbledon has grown with the times and become more inclusive and equal. It wasn’t until 2007 that tournament prize money was equal for the Gentlemen and Ladies’ Singles, while it took until 2016 for the competition to host any wheelchair tennis events. In 2009, Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof, allowing for continued play during inclement weather. No. 1 Court was kitted out with a similar roof in 2019.

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Wimbledon Tour Experience highlights

  • Take the 90-minute tour of Wimbledon, getting behind-the-scenes access and insider information from your Blue Badge tour guide.
  • Enjoy the museum’s Virtual Reality Experience, which shrinks you down to the size of an ant so you can explore the grass of Wimbledon, takes you up into the umpire’s chair to watch magical Wimbledon moments unfold, using 360˚ camera technology, gives you a new perspective on Andy Murray’s 2016 Gentleman’s Singles Final win. 
  • Enjoy a visit to Centre Court where legends have been made and broken. 
  • See the press interview room and the BBC TV Studio where all your favourite Wimbledon moments are broadcast from Head to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, the largest tennis museum on the planet. Entry is also included with The London Pass.

The Wimbledon Tour Experience takes you right to the heart of this history and so much more. Your Blue Badge Guide will take you to parts of the Wimbledon complex previously only accessed by players, staff and journalists. You’ll have magnificent views across the many courts from the members’ box, see the press interview room where champions have basked and the beaten have tried to disappear, and you’ll get a good look at splendid Centre Court in all its glory. Your visit is capped off with a trip around the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, the largest tennis museum in the world. 

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Wimbledon Tour Experience facts

  • 250 out of an initial 1000 Ball Boys and Ball Girls get through the difficult training process.  
  • Around 53,000 tennis balls are used during The Championships’ period The cover used on Centre Court to immediately protect it from rain weighs a tonne.
  • It takes 16 people approximately 30 seconds to cover the court with it. 276,291 glasses of Pimm’s were served at Wimbledon in 2019, along with 191,930 portions of strawberries and cream.
  • During The Championships, Rufus, a Harris Hawk, flies over the complex for an hour before the gates open.
  • This provides a deterrent to local pigeons.

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Don’t Miss

 The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

The largest tennis museum in the world, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is a must-visit for anyone taking the Wimbledon Tour Experience. It’s located within the grounds of Wimbledon itself, so it’s an ideal end to any tour of the complex. Just like the Wimbledon Tour Experience, entry to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is included with The London Pass. The museum features a stunning VR experience which takes you up into the umpire’s chair, lets you meet the ghost of John McEnroe, and shrinks you down to the size of an ant to learn more about Wimbledon’s famous grassy courts. You’ll also see clothing donated by many of the greats of the game and get the chance to test your reactions on the Batak wall. The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum puts on exhibitions throughout the year. To find out more, visit the official website.

Museum opening hours: 10.00 - 17.00, seven days a week. Last entry at 16.30.

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Know before you go

The Wimbledon Tour Experience route may change depending on scheduled events, tournaments and building work. During the Wimbledon Championships, the museum is open to ticket holders only, and tours stop entirely.

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Getting in

Pre-booking of the Wimbledon Tour Experience is strongly 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. Groups of 15 or more are not allowed to use their London Pass.

 

Make the most of your London Pass

As well as access to the Wimbledon Tour Experience, the London Pass gets you entry into the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Make sure you make the most of your visit with a trip around this large and interactive museum, complete with a VR experience, Batak wall and audio guides available in 10 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Croatian and Brazilian Portuguese).

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How to get there

The entrance to the Wimbledon Tour Experience 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 Tour Experience

Getting to Wimbledon Tour Experience

  • Wimbledon Tour Experience Church Road Wimbledon London SW19 5AG

Opening Times

Tours run daily
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
Last Admission: 16.30

Closed:

24 – 26 December, 1 January & 17 June – 21 July

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