Renowned as the Home of Cricket, the Lord’s Cricket Ground is more than 200 years old and home to the legendary Marylebone Cricket Club. The 28,000-seat sporting arena hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cricket events and international test matches, and the on-site MCC Museum is one of the world's oldest sporting museums.
The most atmospheric way to experience Lord’s Cricket Ground is to attend one of the regular matches, but cricket enthusiasts can also go behind the scenes on a guided tour. Tour highlights include a visit to the Long Room, the Pavilion, and the player dressing rooms; a look at the Honours Boards; and entrance to the MCC Museum, where exhibits include the Ashes urn and Prudential Trophy. Cricket fans also frequent the Lord’s Tavern pub, situated right by the Grace Gates.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Book your match tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Test Match and One Day International tickets are allocated by ballot, with applications taking place months in advance.
- Tours must be booked in advance.
- On-site facilities include free Wi-Fi, ATMs, and a selection of bars and food vendors in each stand.
- All entrants to the ground are required to undergo security checks, and no large bags or suitcases are permitted.
- The Warner Stand, Mound Stand, and Grand Stand have accessible areas reserved for wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Lord’s Cricket Ground is located in St. John’s Wood, North London, and the closest tube station is St. John’s Wood on the Jubilee line, a 5-minute walk from the stadium. Visitors can also take the train to Marylebone station and then walk roughly 10 minutes. Parking is unavailable on major match days and the three days beforehand, so public transit is recommended.
When to Get There
The ground is open year-round but only match ticket holders can access the MCC Museum on match days. Unless you’re lucky enough to have tickets, it’s best to avoid the grounds entirely during international fixtures, as the area becomes overrun with spectators.
The History of Lord’s Cricket Ground
Lord’s Cricket Ground doesn’t have any royal relations as its name may suggest—it’s named after Thomas Lord, a professional cricketer and the venue’s founder. The stadium is actually the third ground established by Lord, with the original dating back to 1787 on what is now Dorset Square. The current ground, built in 1814 and in use ever since, was also an Olympic venue, hosting the archery events in 2012.