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The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – responsible for staging the world’s leading tennis tournament, Wimbledon – was founded in 1868. Today the club seats 15,000 spectators, has an impressive retractable roof, and plays host to the world’s greatest tennis players.
For more fantastic facts and for a first-hand experience of the glittering Wimbledon Championship Trophies, and the men’s dressing room as it was in the 1980s visit Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, which is open throughout the year, daily: 10am – 5pm. Last admission is 4.30pm (except during the Wimbledon tournament and over the Christmas period).
The Museum is only open to tournament ticket holders during The Championships and it is closed the middle Sunday of The Championships and the Monday immediately after The Championships. If your day at Wimbledon is a rainy one, then once you have purchased your museum ticket you can re-enter the museum as many times as you like during that day – it’s a great way to escape the rain and enjoy your time at Wimbledon when play is suspended.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE; Tel 020 8946 6131. www.wimbledon.com/museum