Since the 1550s, the English have enjoyed playing and watching games of cricket, a sport now enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Fans of cricket will love to take a journey around some of the game’s hotspots in its country of origin.
Read our guide to some of the best places to visit on a cricket lover’s tour of England.
Tour of England
Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham is a must-stop on a cricket tour of England. Edgbaston has been home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club since 1882. The first match took place in Edgbaston in 1886 against the Marylebone Cricket Club, and the first English test match in the 1902 Ashes series. It was recently home to Alastair Cook’s England versus India batting record, in 2011. Book a tour of Edgbaston to see the Warwickshire and England changing rooms, the Media Centre, Visitor and Learning centre and even take a stroll on Edgbaston’s sacred turf. Edgbaston also has a souvenir shop with a fantastic range.
Birmingham makes a great base to visit other English cricket museums. The Cotswold Cricket Museum houses blazers, caps, bats, paintings, rare photographs, and insights into famous cricketers and the game itself, and is less than 50 miles from Birmingham centre.
Visit the North Yorkshire home of Thomas Lord, the founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, now site of Thirsk Museum. Exhibits include local life and industry, cricketing memorabilia, farming equipment, furniture, costumes and toys.
From April to October Somerset Cricket Museum showcases exhibits on the history of cricket, Somerset County Cricket Club, and women’s cricket.
In Manchester, make a visit to the venue of the first ever Ashes test match to be held in England, in July 1884. Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester has been home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1864, and is England’s second oldest test venue. It was the setting for the 1981 Ashes in which Ian Botham set a (then) record of six sixes in a single Ashes Test Match. The Old Trafford grounds are among the most renowned in the country, and recently received a facelift giving them a new Pavilion and Media Centre.
Founded in 1787, The Lords Cricket Ground in London is home to Marylebone Cricket Club and offers several great attractions for cricket lovers on a tour of England. Lords is home to one of the oldest sporting museums in the world, dedicated entirely to Cricket. The MCC Museum has a collection of material and objects spanning the history of cricket, from its beginnings as a sport to the modern age. The original Ashes Urn, the most famous cricket relic of them all, is housed in the museum. A Tour of Lords goes behind the scenes at MCC’s historic ground, starting at the Museum and taking in the Ashes Urn, Pavilion Long Room, Players’ Dressing Rooms, Honours Boards, J.P. Morgan Media Centre and the Lords’ Shop, where you can purchase a souvenir from your trip. Round off a tour of Lords with traditional Afternoon Tea in the iconic Lord’s Long Room, overlooking the outfield.
The Ashes were born in a cricket match between England and Australia in 1882, at the Oval cricket ground in London. Visitors can book a ground tour of the Kia Oval, now home to Surrey County Cricket Club, for backstage access, stunning views of London and a chance to learn more about the history of cricket as they tour the historic grounds. The Oval has been the scene for many cricketing highlights over the years, including Len Hutton’s 364 runs against Australia in 1938.
Where to Stay
Make your base for a cricket tour of England in the bold and contemporary Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham. Our stylish guest rooms and suites offer flat panel televisions and free internet access, so you can keep up with the latest match.
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