In sports-mad Britain, football is king. Woven into the fabric of the nation ever since it was first codified in London in 1863, it remains the sport that ignites passion more than any other. Here’s how to get your British football fix.
Go to a Premier League game
From Manchester United and Liverpool to Arsenal and Chelsea, England’s Premier League features some of the world’s most famous teams. Attending a top-flight game lets you experience the skill and pace of globe-straddling star names up close. And don’t forget the Scottish Premiership, where Celtic and Rangers still draw huge crowds. Visit the Premier League website for more information and match tickets.
Make your sightseeing football-themed
Britain has some top-notch football-related attractions, including Glasgow’s Scottish Football Museum and Manchester’s National Football Museum – you can even choose to stay overnight at the city’s Hotel Football, owned by Ryan Giggs and other United greats. Alternatively, why not join a football-themed taxi tour of Liverpool or Manchester?
Get a ticket for a lower-league match
Devotion to the sport extends way beyond the Premier League. Matches in the Championship and other lower leagues serve up the classic matchday ingredients – ardent fans, hard-fought games, historical clubs - with the added benefit of having tickets that are easier to come by.
Watch the action in a pub
When there’s a big match happening, you won’t have to look far to find a pub showing the action. Order a pint, settle onto a barstool and join the locals in watching the game. Just don’t blame us if you end up with beer on your shirt when a goal goes in…
Take a stadium tour
Even on non-matchdays, grounds like Wembley, Old Trafford, Anfield, London Stadium and Etihad Stadium can be thrilling places to visit. Guided stadium tours take you behind the scenes of these iconic venues, giving a fresh perspective for fans and even leading you pitch-side for those all-important photos.