Lord’s is renowned as the ‘home of cricket’ and the game’s spiritual ‘headquarters’.
In addition to International Cricket matches, you can also take a tour of Lord’s where you can see the Players’ Dressing Rooms, the Long Room, in the heart of the Pavilion, which is both a cricket-watching room and a cricket art gallery – with portraits of the game’s best-known figures, including WG Grace.
The Museum where the fascinating story of cricket is brought to life. Paintings, photographs and artefacts, covering 400 years of cricket history, reveal the game’s development from a rural pastime to a modern and increasingly international sport.
Other Lord’s attractions include the Tennis Court, where Real Tennis, ‘the game of kings’ (including King Henry VIII), is still played, and the MCC Indoor Cricket School – where many future Test and county stars hone their skills (helped by video technology, expert coaching and 100mph bowling machines).
Despite its historic fame, Lord’s is the setting for some of the most innovative architecture in London. In addition to the award-winning Mound Stand and the Grand Stand, Lord’s includes the futuristic NatWest Media Centre.
The Media Centre by Future Systems architects was commissioned in time for the 1999 Cricket World Cup and was the first all aluminium, semi-monocoque building in the world which was acclaimed in 2001 as one of ‘The Fifty Best Buildings in Britain’ – coming eleventh (two places ahead of St Paul’s Cathedral!)
Tours run from April to September and October to March