Attend international and first-class cricket matches during the summer at Kennington Oval, more commonly known as “the Oval.” Take a tour of the stadium to discover its storied history and to access many unique areas, including the Members’ Pavilion, the Committee Room and the Long Room.
Although it’s famous for being an international cricket ground and the home ground of the Surrey County Cricket Club, the Oval has also hosted various rugby and soccer matches in the past. Among the key sporting events to have been held here was the first FA (Football Association) Cup Final in the late 19th century. Embark on a tour to learn about other notable moments from its history.
Enter the players’ dressing rooms to see where they prepare before heading out onto the pitch and admire the view from the Corinthian Roof Terrace. Find out what it’s like for media personnel covering matches at the Brian Johnston Broadcasting Centre and the Pardon Press Box. Tours also cover the Galadari Museum, Committee Room and the historic, high-ceilinged Long Room, which overlooks the Oval wicket. This luxurious room once hosted cricket greats, including Sir Donald Bradman to Andrew Flintoff. During the tour, a guide will share insider information as well as anecdotes from the stadium’s history.
To experience the grounds at their most atmospheric, buy tickets to one of the international cricket matches. Pick a team to support and cheer along with the crowd. Check the official website for tickets and information on upcoming fixtures.
If the weather is good, enjoy a picnic at nearby Kennington Park. Culture enthusiasts can make the 20-minute walk across the river to Tate Britain, an international gallery featuring more than 70,000 artworks.
To get to the Oval, ride the Tube to Oval station. The grounds are about a 10-minute walk from Vauxhall Underground station too. A fee is charged for the tours, which run regularly on Saturday mornings and non-match days. Be aware that parts of the tour are subject to availability and fine weather; contact the ticket office prior to your visit to confirm which areas will be open.