The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament has been held in the famous London suburb each year since 1877.
If you are planning to visit London and are a sports fan, this is one of the world’s most iconic tennis tournaments and it attracts the biggest names in the sport.
Interestingly, out of the world’s four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, it is the only one still played on grass with the others opting for a clay surface.
When and Where
- The event is normally held in late June and early July but the exact dates for 2023 are the 1st to the 14th July 2024.
How to Get Tickets for Wimbledon Tennis Tournament
Tickets for Wimbledon are always in high demand but you can get tickets, certainly for the earlier round matches.
If you are willing to pay enough then there are ways to secure tickets though for all rounds. The main ways to acquire tickets are as below:
1. General Release
While ticket availability for the general public is limited, there are several methods you can use to increase your chances of obtaining a pass.
One popular method is by entering The Championships ballot, which gives you a chance to win tickets for the event.
The ballot is free and you can apply on the official Wimbledon tickets areas here.
The best time to apply is between August and December of the year before the tournament takes place and it is worth setting up a MyWimbledon account beforehand.
2. Debenture Tickets
You can also purchase debenture tickets, which are offered in five-year cycles from the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
These tickets allow access to a reserved Centre Court seat for each day of the two-week tournament.
Learn more about Wimbledon Debenture tickets here.
3. Hospitality Tickets
You can also purchase tickets through official hospitality packages, which are available through Kevin Prowse Travel.
These packages provide access to exclusive restaurants and viewing stands, as well as other incentives such as champagne and strawberries.
Finally, there are some tickets available to purchase through the official Wimbledon ticket resale website.
These tickets are sold by other ticket holders who have suddenly found themselves unable to attend the event.
Wimbledon Etiquette & What to Expect
There are traditions that go with the tournament including the eating of strawberries and cream and which you will see on sale at the event.
Expect lots of fans to be sat on Henman Hill where they watch the tennis on a large screen. You will need to have a ground pass though because the hill is inside the grounds.
Rain is synonymous with Wimbledon because it often rains in England in July when the tennis is on. Since 2009 rain has become less of a problem as a retractable roof was installed at Wimbledon so that play could continue despite poor weather.
Dress code – if you are in one of the general areas watching the tennis, then you can wear what you want.
Many visitors though do use Wimbledon as an excuse to dress up and to look smart.
If you have hospitality tickets, there is also no dress code but I would recommend dressing smartly if you do not want to look out of place.
Where to Stay
I would recommend booking many months in advance if you want to get somewhere close to the courts in Wimbledon.
>> You can find Wimbledon here through Booking.com
You can though book later on, i.e., a few weeks or so before the tournament and there are numerous hotels and B&Bs to choose from across London.
>> Hotels in London – you can stay in any part of central London and then travel to the tennis courts using public transport (see the section below).
How to Get to the Tennis Courts
If you are looking to attend the world-famous Wimbledon tennis courts, you have a range of transport options available.
Driving is an option and there are several car parks in the area that are open during the tournament period.
However, you should be aware that traffic can become very congested when the tournament is taking place so I recommend trying to use public transport if you can!
If you do decide to drive, allow a lot of extra time for traffic and parking.
2. Public Transport
Public transport is a good way for visitors to get to Wimbledon.
The closest rail station is Southfields, which is just two minutes away from the courts on foot.
Trains run regularly from London Waterloo throughout the tournament period and some services are extended during peak times.
For those who prefer to take the bus, there are Stop B and C on Wimbledon Park Road which offer services to both Earlsfield and Clapham Junction throughout the day.
Other nearby stops include Southfields Station and Arthur Road.
If traveling from central London, visitors can also take a boat ride along the River Thames to the tournament grounds.
The boat departs from Westminster Pier and takes approximately an hour to get to Wimbledon.
Sports Travel Booking Resources
Traveling around the world to watch & experience sports, I tend to always use the same resources for booking trips. These are the ones I use most frequently and that I find to have great customer support and competitive prices.
- Sports Event Tickets – Tickets for all sporting events
- Get Your Guide – is an excellent site as a one-stop shop for booking attractions, local tours, activities, and excursions. Great customer service and an easy-to-use site.
- Booking.com – The best site I have found for hotel and accommodation bookings.
- Flights – are also now offered by booking.com and as I love the brand this is my first port of call now for flights.
- Safety Wing Travel Insurance – I love Saftey Wing as they cover everything I need to be covered and they have a simple-to-use site, and again, I have found their customer service very good, when I needed to ask questions.
- Hostelworld – Book backpacker hostel rooms around the world with Hostel World.