Things to do in London with kids: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour
Whether you're a Spurs fan or not, when it comes to things to do in London with kids, the Stadium Tour at Tottenham Hotspur's new(ish) grounds is sure to be a hit with the family, and here's why...
Tell us about the stadium...
You'll learn so many cool facts about Tottenham Hotspur as a team throughout the years, but also about its new all singing, all dancing stadium where you'll be allowed to roam around on a self-guided tour. In the meantime here are a few facts to pique your interest:
It has a seating capacity of 62,850 making it the third-largest football stadium in England, and the largest club ground in London.
It is designed to be a multi-purpose stadium and features the world's first dividing, retractable pitch. Once the pitch has rolled back it reveals a synthetic turf field that's used for the NFL London Games, as well as for concerts and other events. Seriously impressive.
The stadium was built as part of a 20-year regeneration plan for Tottenham, and replaced the White Hart Lane grounds. It was opened in 2019.
Known as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, this name was meant to be its temporary one, but just kinda stuck. It's sometimes also referred to as New White Hart Lane.
The rest we'll save for you to discover for yourselves.
What happens on the tour?
Once you arrive at the, frankly, impressive stadium, you'll get checked in and issued with your own media gadget for the tour complete with ear buds and a lanyard that you'll get to keep (the gadget, not so much, sorry!). You'll then be given the lowdown by one of the staff members, and then whizzed through the doors to start your tour in your own time.
There's hardly a patch of the grounds off limit, and there will be staff dotted all over to ask questions of, but in a nutshell you'll check out the:
Changing rooms (home and away).
Pitch side areas
The tour takes around 90-minutes and you can take as many photos as you like. We also have to give a shout out to the staff... every single person we spoke to was wonderfully helpful and super friendly. While the stadium is obviously about the Tottenham Hotspur team, the team of staff working here were also top notch, premier league people.
Do I have to be a fan?
Not at all! Rafferty, who is 10, is a big footie fan and whilst his grandad is a Spurs fan, Raff is not so much (shhh!). That didn't stop him one jot from loving the tour and having a great time. Whilst he may not be a Spurs fan, he is certainly a big England team supporter so has a big soft spot for Kane, and there's a player for everyone here!
But what about me? A mum not interested whatsoever in football? Honestly? I thought it was great. It was so well executed and so informative that actually I liked football a whole lot better by the end of the afternoon! I didn't expect to have nearly as much fun as I did. One day I might even watch a match. Maybe.
What else can we do?
Once the tour is done there's a great café (the sausage rolls are awesome) which, again, is run by lovely staff. There's also a few options a tad more adventurous than a portion of chips and a hot chocolate... We tried both The Dare Skywalk and The Dare Skywalk Edge, which we'll cover in full in another guide. In the meantime here's a quick synopsis:
The Dare Skywalk: You'll be harnessed up and taken to the top of the stadium for unparalleled views of London and the pitch below. The glass walkway right out to the edge of the stadium, 42m above the pitch, is not for the fainthearted, but once you're out there you'll have plenty of time to clam your nerves with a photo or two while learning some more fun facts from your (human) guide. Minimum age is 8-years for this one.
The Dare Skywalk Edge: You'll do the Skywalk and then go back down the fastest way possible - abseiling over the Edge! Brilliant stuff. You have to be 12-years and above for this one, so as Rafferty wasn't old enough, Mum had to take one for the team.
New for 2023: Match Day Tours
Launching in January 2023, you can enjoy the excitement and buzz of a Premier League match day with a special 90-minute guided tour taking you behind the scenes just a few hours before kick-off. In an extension to the non-matchday stadium tour, you will also be taken into the iconic South Stand to see the longest bar in Europe and visit the stadium’s very own microbrewery.
All the deets
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 782 High Road, London N17 0BX
When: Tours run daily from 10.30am except on matchdays. Check website for full details.
Cost: From £16 for juniors and £27 per adult for a non-matchday tour. Children under 5 are FREE. Matchday tours from £35 for juniors (age 5-15 years) and £45 for adults.
Special Offer: Enjoy a FREE Stadium Tour when you purchase The Dare Skywalk with the code FREETOUR at checkout - offer ends midnight 16 January, so add to basket, stat!
* London for Kidz were gifted tickets for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.
* Photography: London for Kidz