Lord’s, officially known as Lord’s Cricket Ground, is a famous cricket venue located in London, St John’s Wood. The name of the venue comes from Thomas Lord, who was also the founder. Nowadays, Lord’s Cricket Ground is home for the International Cricket Council (until August 2005), the European Cricket Council, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Middlesex County Cricket Club. The owner of the ground is Marylebone Cricket Club. This venue also houses the oldest sporting museum in the world and it’s considered to be the “home of cricket”.

Highlights

  • MCC Museum – This is the world’s oldest sporting museum. It was opened in 1953 by the Duke of Edinburgh, but the collection it holds was started in 1864. The museum covers the entire history of cricket from the 18th century till present. The collectibles are related to great events, players, community cricket clubs and grassroots. The Ashes urn is the most famous exhibit in the museum and it’s a personal gift to Hon. Ivo Bligh, England captain. His widow donated it to MCC in 1928. The MCC Museum is part of the Lord’s Tour and is opened from 10am till 4:30pm on non-match days. Tickets are: 7.50 GBP for adults and 5 GBP for children under 16 and seniors.
  • Lord’s Cricket Store and Shop – There are 2 retail outlets at the Lord’s. The main shop is focused on souvenirs, gifts, clothing and merchandise. The Lord’s Cricket Store is the only cricket equipment retailer in London with brands for all ages and levels. Nowadays, you can also shop online https://shop.lords.org/.
  • Lord’s Tour – This guided tour includes access to all the ground’s areas. The tours are available during match days following this program. As a tour ticket holder you will receive 10% off at The Tavern. Moreover, if you have a Major Match full-priced ticket you can get 2 tour tickets and pay only for one. You will pay the price of an adult ticket.

  • The Media Centre – This futuristic building was opened in 1999, for the Cricket World Cup. It is the world’s first semi-monocoque and all aluminium structure. Boat-building technology was used for the construction. The top tier features television and radio commentary boxes and the lower tier can accommodate more than 100 journalists.

Prices

Tour Prices

Adult (16+)  £18.00
Concessions (Children aged 5-15, Seniors and Students)  £12.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children)  £49.00

Museum Prices

Adult (16+)  £7.50
Child (5-15)  £5.00
Seniors Over 65  £5.00

Tips

  • Lord’s Tavern – If you’re looking for a bite to eat or something to drink, then this is the place to go. It has a large variety of specialty beers and fine dishes. It is located nearby the Grace Gates and it’s opened between 11am and 11pm. Booking a table may be be necessary at times, especially during major cricket matches. If you a tours’ ticket you will receive 10% off for a meal at this pub.
  • Afternoon Tea – This traditional tea must not be missed from the Lord’s experience. You can serve it in the Lord’s Long Room while enjoying the beautiful views of the Media Centre and the outfield. The Traditional Teas are £42 and there is also a special Christmas Afternoon Tea for £50. You can also add champagne for £9.

Transport

  • London Underground – Take Jubilee line and get off at St John’s Wood Station. You can also take Bakerloo line and get off at Warwick Avenue or Marylebone stations. They are 10 minutes away from the Lord’s. You can also use Edgware Road by taking Hammersmith & City, District, Circle and Bakerloo lines. This station is 15 minutes away from the ground. Finally, with the Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Jubilee, Circle and Bakerloo lines you can also get off at Baker Street station that is 15 minutes away from the attraction.
  • Bus – The bus routes that run alongside Lord’s are N113, N13, 274, 113, 82 and 13.
  • Train – If you choose to travel by train, you can get off at Marylebone station that is 10 minutes away from the Lord’s. Paddington Station is 20 minutes away from the Ground.
  • Bike – The closest docking stations are on Prince Albert Road, Abbey Road, Lisson Grove, St John’s Wood Road, Lodge Road and Wellington Road.

History

The first ground for the Lord’s was established in 1787 and currently it’s home for Dorset Square.

Lord’s Middle Ground was the second ground utilized between 1811 and 1813. It was abandoned to allow the construction of the Regent’s Canal.

The third and final ground is the one that we see today. It was established in 1814 and can accommodate 28,000 spectators.

The first match to be played on the Lord’s Cricket Ground was Hertfordshire v Marylebone Cricket Club. It took place on 22 June 1814.

Interesting Facts

  • During World War I, Lord’s Cricket Ground hosted a charity baseball match between Canada and America.
  • Lord’s is also home to a full-length tennis court.
  • Lord’s has a sloping outfield that causes deviation to the ball. The north-west side is 2.50 meters higher than the south-west side.

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