A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum Entrance where players check in

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum Entrance where players check in

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum Entrance where players check in

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum Entrance where players check in

Surely you must be aware that the championship Tennis tournament is just round the corner. I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again already! How time has crept up on us. No doubt this is my favourite time of the year as I thoroughly enjoy watching the grand slams. It’s always been one of my dreams to be part of this tournament one way or the other but I haven’t really had much of a chance to play tennis as wished. So I decided to visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and tours for a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic All England Club and home to the world’s oldest tennis tournaments and experienced a Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum.

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum Entrance to the grounds.

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum Entrance to the grounds.

Tube train at Wimbledon station

Tube train at Wimbledon station

Getting there

The museum is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from Southfields station. This was our way of getting as close to Wimbledon as possible. I embarked on a grand tour of the popular Wimbledon Museum on a freezing January morning with my blogger friend Janice Chung. One interest we have in common is that we both love the sport.

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum

A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum

Wimbledon is normally associated with the summer, sun, strawberries and cream. Although, sometimes we experience torrential rain in between matches, it’s rarely associated with the freezing Winter.

Getting your hands on a ticket

Purchase your ticket via Viator with your preferred time slot. Print it then present your paper voucher at the ground’s entrance in order to redeem your activity, which includes a guided tour of the All England Club in Wimbledon and ticket to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and tours with our chosen time slot 11:30am to 12:30.They run at the following times: 10:30am, 11:30am, 13:00 and 14:00.

What goes on behind the scenes at Wimbledon?

The Guided tour involved a walk around Aorangi Terrace (Murray Mound or Henman Hill), Centre court and others. A 3D cinema explaining the games as well as interactive areas.

We stopped to take photos inside the press interview room and the Millennium Building. Oops! I let a secret out here this part of the building is normally reserved for players only.

Viewed the Trophies room and the viewing gallery of CentreCourt360 and the 3D film theatre.

The longest match played

The longest match played

What we learned and experienced on the day

That the longest match played on the number 18 court took place on the 22nd to 24th June 2010 when John Isner (USA) beat Nicolas Mahut (France). A whopping 11 hours and 5 minutes! We also found out that the famous Grand Slam tournament is held on special well-kept grass courts.

Afterwards, we were given the opportunity to explore Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum independently and learn about the history of tennis.

Centre Court

Centre Court

A visit to Centre Court which holds almost 15,000 spectators.

A walk around Aorangi Terrace (Murray Mound or Henman Hill)

Murray Mound or Henman Hill

 

Press Interview room

Press Interview room

Rolex Clock Sponsors of the Championships

Rolex Clock Sponsors of the Championships

At the end of the tour, we were taken inside Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum to browse its extensive collection of tennis memorabilia and interactive displays at leisure.

Pictures of Arthur Ashe, Boris Becker and many more

Pictures of Arthur Ashe, Boris Becker and many more

 

Tennis Players Novak and Serena. 2015 champions of mens and ladies singles

Tennis Players Novak and Serena. 2015 champions of mens and ladies singles

Afterwards, we were given the opportunity to explore Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum independently and learn about the history of tennis.

It was quite overwhelming to learn how huge the grounds were and the history behind Wimbledon. Although there weren’t any matches in progress, I could only imagine how it feels to watch tennis live. Janice was great company and we had an incredible trip, learning about the history of Wimbledon. I recommend that you go on one of these amazing tours, just like we did.

This was the closest I’ve ever got to see Wimbledon but I’m still looking forward to seeing my first match live. What are the chances of seeing a live match this season?

Are you off to see the tournament or are you going to dodge the crowds and watch the games on your screen at home or public places? I’m looking for the best tips to help me get my hands on one of those long-awaited tickets. As always feel free to drop me a line or two on how to secure a ticket.

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20 Responses to “A Grand Tour Of The Popular Wimbledon Museum”

  1. Janice Chung June 23, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Super memories visiting this great place. The museum had so much to see and brought back many memories. So glad we were able to connect and go together!

    • Bola Akande June 23, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      If we get the chance to visit in the future, let’s see a match!

  2. RoseMary Griffith June 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    Nice summation of your tour. I enjoy those behind the scenes glimpses that give you a peek or two you wouldn’t otherwise see.

    • Bola Akande June 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

      No doubt, we wouldn’t be able to experience the behind the scenes tour without this trip. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  3. lenie June 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    Wow, Bola, can you imagine how exhausted those tennis players were after 11 hours of playing and the heartbreak the loser experienced after giving so much? I imagine that the spectators hung around for the whole match because who would want to leave before the end of that?
    Loved the picture of you and Janice in the Press Interview Room. You both look like you belong there 🙂

    • Bola Akande June 23, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

      I really can’t imagine how the players played for that long. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Ken Dowell June 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    An 11 hour tennis match. Sounds exhausting enough to watch no less play. Appreciate that center court holds 15,000 people. I live near Flusing Meadows where the U.S. Open is played and center court there (Arthur Ashe Stadium) is the size of a football stadium.

    • Bola Akande June 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

      You are quite fortunate to live near Flushing Meadows. What a privilege.

  5. Marquita Herald June 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    I’m afraid I’m not a tennis fan, but I do love tradition and Wimbledon is definitely all that! This looks like a beautiful and fascinating setting and I would expect nothing less considering the history. I’ve been to the UK several times, but never to Wimbledon so thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

    • Bola Akande June 24, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

      The history is fascinating and you could easily spend a long time browsing through the memorabilia. 🙂

  6. Doreen Pendgracs June 25, 2016 at 12:04 am #

    Hello, Bola. I live in Canada, so won’t be going to Wimbledon. But I wish you every bit of luck in securing a ticket!

    I really love the graphics on that Tube Train at Wimbledon station. Have fun!

    • Bola Akande June 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      Thanks Doreen. I’m looking forward to the tournament!

  7. Phoenicia June 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    I am yet to watch a live tennis match. It always seems to bucket down with rain and there is absolutely no way I could sit in wet and damp. A nice boxed in area with strawberries and champagne sounds appealing!

    • Bola Akande June 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      It’s bucketing down right now but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather with strawberries and maybe a little champagne. 🙂

  8. Vicki Winters June 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Great info!! I’d love to see Wimbledon up close and personal!

    • Bola Akande June 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks Vicki. Visiting the centre court was up close and personal!

  9. Anita@NoParticularplacetogo June 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    I’ve always loved watching the tournament on TV and imagine that viewing it in person would combine the thrill of watching the contest along with watching the people around you. Sounds like your day was fun and informative!

    • Bola Akande June 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

      Looking forward to the thrill of watching the contest live! 🙂

  10. ikechi July 9, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Bola

    Wow! It is a great stadium and i am sure you had fun touring round Wimbledon studium. It is an awesome experience. Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    • Bola Akande July 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Ikechi,
      Touring the stadium was a great learning experience and one that I recommend. Take care.

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