Address: St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN

Website

Time: Tour days start at 9.00am or 10.00am

Time Information: www.lords.org/lords/things-to-do/tours-of-lords

Phone: +44 (0) 207 616 8500 or for tours +44 (0) 207 616 8595

Entry Price: £18 adult tour

900m from Marylebone

400m from St Johns Wood

Lord’s is a cricket ground situated in St John’s Wood and is recognised as the home of world cricket. The ground is owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) who hold legendary status in the game, being the rule making body of the sport as well as being instrumental in promoting cricket around the world. Essentially, in the world of cricket, this is regarded as the single most important place and the ultimate destination for players and fans alike. The ground is also home to both the England and Wales Cricket Board and Middlesex Cricket Club.

As well as being the venue for test matches and one day internationals, the ground also hosts historic fixtures such as the Oxford v Cambridge university match and the Village Cup final. The Eton v Harrow schools match has taken place at the current ground since 1818.

As would be expected of such a place there’s a fascinating collection of art and memorabilia on show in what is believed to be the world’s oldest sporting museum. This includes the famous Ashes Urn.

The name of the ground comes from its founder, Thomas Lord and is the third Lord’s ground he established. The first, founded in 1787 is now termed Lord’s Old Ground and was on the site of present day Dorset Square. The second, used between 1811 and 1814, is referred to as Lord’s Middle Ground and was a short distance away from the present site, being abandoned to make way for the Regent’s Canal. Cricket was first played at its current home when MCC played Hertfordshire on June 22nd 1814.

Structurally, the ground has kept pace with growing demand which now sees seven main stands, the pavilion, a futuristic media centre, office facilities and retail infrastructure. The pavilion is a Grade II listed building and ground tours are available for visitors.

For sports lovers, this is one of the most famous London landmarks.

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