The oldest tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Championships is one of professional tennis’ four Grand Slam tournaments and first played in 1877. Held on grass courts, Wimbledon is famed for its traditions such as eating Strawberry’s and drinking Pimm’s.
Roger Federer of Switzerland has won a record 8 Men’s Singles titles, with Martina Navratilova of the United States winning a record 9 Women’s Singles titles.
When is Wimbledon?
Wimbledon is the third Grand Slam on the professional tennis calendar and takes place every year over two weeks in late June and early July.
Where is Wimbledon?
The Championships has been played at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the southwest London district of Wimbledon (SW19) since it was first played in 1877.
How do I get to Wimbledon?
The All England Lawn Tennis Club is located in the southwest London district of Wimbledon (SW19), approximately 7 miles (11km) from central London.
Airport: Two of the world’s largest airports are situated near London and both serve many international destinations.
London Heathrow Airport is 15 miles west of Wimbledon. Perhaps the easiest way to travel from Heathrow to Wimbledon is to catch the train from Terminal 4 to Paddington Station. From there, the district line will take you to Wimbledon station.
Gatwick Airport is approximately 30 miles south of Wimbledon. From the airport, catch a train to Clapham Junction and then change to another service to Wimbledon station.
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Bus: The 493 bus runs between Wimbledon Station, Southfields Station and the Wimbledon Museum.
London Underground: The closest stations to the All England Lawn Tennis Club are Wimbledon (District Line and Main Line) and Southfields (District Line). Both stations are approximately 15 minutes walk from the grounds.
Driving & Parking: There are several car parks that are available to pre-book, check the official website here for the latest information and booking. There is also a Park and Ride scheme available (6.30am-11.00pm) at Morden Park which costs £15.
Train: Wimbledon station is about 25 minutes away and has a great number of services across London and further afield to Guildford and Luton.
Trams: Trams run from East Croydon station to Wimbledon, with a journey time of about 25 minutes.
How do I get tickets to Wimbledon?
There are several different ways of purchasing tickets for Wimbledon:
Public Ballot: Wimbledon operates a public ballot each year for tickets, with applications open from late September each year to the end of the year. You can apply on the official website here.
The Queue: ‘The Queue’ is one of the institutions of Wimbledon and of British culture. If you’re willing to queue/camp overnight, a limited number of Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court tickets are available each day, except for the last four days where all Centre Court tickets are sold in advance.
If you’re happy with a Grounds Pass, it is advised to arrive a few hours before the Grounds open at 10:30am, where you will be given a Queue Card.
Ticketmaster: Tickets are available for purchase online on Ticketmaster for Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets. Returned tickets are available 48 hours before the day of play, whilst reserved tickets are on sale the morning before the following day’s play.
Ticket Resale: Once you are inside the Grounds, there is the opportunity to purchase tickets for the ‘Show’ courts later in the day, for a discounted rate.
Further information can be found on the official Wimbledon website here.