Tour of Lords Sat 16th Dec
Tue 14 Nov 2006 
Club news item

I am considering organising a group visit for 2pm on this day. Please let me know if you are interested so as to ascertain demand:-

Tours of Lord's Lord's is renowned as the 'home of cricket' and the game's spiritual 'headquarters'.

Every year, MCC is proud to play host to tens of thousands of visitors who travel to St John's Wood, from all parts of the globe, to visit one of the world's best and most celebrated sporting venues.

Tours of Lord's give such visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes at MCC's historic ground, where they can see many of the most famous sights in world cricket.

They include the Long Room, in the heart of the Pavilion, which is both a cricket-watching room and a cricket art gallery - with portraits of the game's best-known figures, including WG Grace. On matchdays, in particular, the Long Room has a unique atmosphere - with players making their way through the Room as they walk to and from the 'hallowed turf'.

Other Pavilion highlights include the Players' Dressing Rooms with their famous 'honours boards' (see left), which provide a lasting reminder of exceptional batting and bowling performances in Lord's Tests.

After covering the Pavilion, the Tour takes visitors to the MCC Museum where the fascinating story of cricket is brought to life. Paintings, photographs and artefacts, covering 400 years of cricket history, reveal the game's development from a rural pastime to a modern and increasingly international sport.

The Museum's most precious exhibits include the Wisden Trophy and the tiny, delicate and irreplaceable Ashes urn. (Please note that the Ashes urn and Ashes Waterford Crystal Trophy are now currently unavailable to view on the Tour as they form part of the Ashes exhibition touring Australia. The urn will return to Lord's in mid-January; the Waterford Trophy will return if England retain the Ashes.)

The ICC World Cup Trophy will be on display until the end of September. New additions to the Museum include a bat on loan from Mahela Jayawardene, used in his century at Lord's in May's npower Test match. Also on loan is a bat from Paul Collingwood, which he used when scoring his Test century in Nagpur and when he began his century innings at Lord's in July.

Other Lord's attractions include the Tennis Court, where Real Tennis, 'the game of kings' (including King Henry VIII), is still played, and the MCC Indoor Cricket School - where many future Test and county stars hone their skills (helped by video technology, expert coaching and 100mph bowling machines).

The Tour also gives visitors a chance to admire some outstanding architecture. Despite its historic fame, Lord's is the setting for some of the most innovative architecture in London. In addition to the award-winning Mound Stand and the Grand Stand, Lord's includes the futuristic NatWest Media Centre (right), which was acclaimed in 2001 as one of 'The Fifty Best Buildings in Britain' - coming eleventh (two places ahead of St Paul's Cathedral!)

The Tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, starts by the Grace Gates and ends at the Lord's Shop - described as "outstanding" by The Times in its 'Good Ground Guide'.

Prices Adults 8.00 Children 5.00 Seniors/Students 6.00 Family tickets 22.00 Groups On application. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the day of your tour, while open-ended tickets are ideal gifts. October to March Tours commence at noon and 2pm.