Get closer to the beautiful game
Britain is the home of football, and our relationship with the beautiful game goes back centuries. So if you’re a footie fan, Britain is the perfect place for you to indulge your passion. Here’s our guide to the best football hotspots in Britain.
It’s the most popular sport in Britain, and with 20 clubs in the Barclays Premier League, 12 in the Scottish Premier League and 12 in the Welsh Premier League, plus many more in the npower Football League and FA Cup, you’ll never be far from a match, wherever you are. If you get the chance to watch our national teams play at their home grounds, don’t miss it. England at Wembley Stadium in London, Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, and Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast.
Once you’ve seen your favourite team in action, take a closer look at their home grounds and history with a stadium tour. Must-sees include Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United; Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal; Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC and Anfield, home to Liverpool FC.
If you find yourself in Britain outside of football season, fear not. You can still immerse yourself in all things footie at the National Football Museum in Manchester, re-opening in 2012 after a snazzy makeover. With Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton as the museum president and a collection that boasts the 1966 World Cup Final ball and the shirt worn by Maradona during the 1986 ‘Hand of God’ match between England and Argentina, this is a football fan’s paradise.
If you’re in Glasgow, don’t miss the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park Stadium. Discover the history behind Scottish football as you make your way through 14 galleries of fascinating objects, including the world’s oldest national trophy, the Scottish Cup.