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The Kia Oval, often just called the Oval, is one of England’s most famous sports grounds. It’s been home to Surrey County Cricket Club since 1845 and has hosted a number of international cricket matches. Enjoy watching a match in the sunshine or take a guided tour to see behind the scenes and learn more about the history of the stadium.
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London: Kia Oval Cricket Ground Tour

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The Oval is the birthplace of cricket's Ashes and host to football's first FA Cup Final, making the grounds a unique sight. Go behind the scenes and enjoy refreshments in the grand Members' Pavilion on this 90-minute guided tour.
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The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

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Save time and money, choose from either a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6- or 10-day digital London Pass. Enjoy access to over 80 attractions and a 1-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
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1. Tours of the Kia Oval are included in the London Pass! If you’re intending to see several of London’s top attractions during your stay, including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, or Westminster Abbey, then you can save money by opting for a 1, 2, 3, 6, or 10-day city pass instead of individual tickets.
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2. When you’re taking the tour, make sure to ask the experienced guides lots of questions. They’re experts, and they’ll be happy to share their knowledge with you!
The Kia Oval | Photo: Flickr, Gareth Williams - CC-BY 2.0
3. If you’re watching a match then remember that you can bring food but not alcohol with you. Also, keep in mind that British weather is changeable - bring hats and sunscreen and something waterproof in case of rain!
4. If you’d like radio commentary to keep you posted on what’s happening on the field, you can buy one at the stadium on match days. They’ll let you listen to TMS (Test Match Special) from the BBC or the Sky Sports commentary so you can follow along.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s so special about the Kia Oval?

The Oval is a historic cricket ground, home to Surry County Cricket Club since 1845 and the site of England’s first international cricket and football matches. Most importantly for the history of English cricket, it was the location of the match between England and Australia in 1880, which Australia won, leading to the famous Sporting Times obituary for English cricket and the creation of the Ashes trophy.

I want to watch a match but I don’t understand cricket. What should I see?

If you’re not a cricket fan but you want to watch a game, it’s best to go to a Twenty20 (or T20) fixture. Unlike test matches, which can take several days to play, T20 is limited to 20 overs (6 balls bowled by a single bowler) in an inning, with each team having one inning, and takes about 3 hours for a single match. For a whole day event, try a match from the Royal London One-Day Cup, which has 50 overs per inning and will take about 8 hours including a 45-minute break.

What do you get to see on a stadium tour?

In addition to a tour of the stands, you’ll get to try your hand in the commentators’ box, see the Committee Room, and visit the Club Museum in the Member’s Pavilion, before finishing up with tea and coffee overlooking the outfield. You might also get to see the player’s changing room and go onto the field itself, but access to those areas will depend on whether or not you’re visiting on a match day.

Is the tour suitable for kids?

It depends on whether your children have an interest in cricket - if they don’t then it probably won’t hold their attention for very long. There’s plenty to interest young cricket fans, including the chance to see the changing rooms and behind-the-scenes of the commentary box, and it’ll help them understand how a club and stadium work before watching a match there. That being said, the tour isn’t particularly designed for children and is 90 minutes long, and parents should bear those things in mind when deciding whether to book the tour.

General Information

Opening Hours:

If you’re attending a match or a concert at the stadium, please check the event page for details of opening times and whether you need to arrive early for security checks. Stadium tours take 90 minutes and are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am. Guests are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance of their tour start time.

Address:

The Kia Oval
Kennington Oval
London
SE11 5SS

Tickets:

Tickets for events such as matches and concerts vary in price depending on the event and which seats you choose. The stadium tour costs £15 for adults, £14 for pensioners, and £5 for children under the age of 16. Carers accompanying disabled visitors can enter free of charge. A family ticket is also available for up to 2 adults and 2 children and costs £35.

How to get there:

The Kia Oval can be reached by taking the Northern line to Oval tube station, which is 100m from the entrance to the stadium. Alternatively, you can take the Victoria line to Vauxhall station, which is a 10-minute walk away. Vauxhall station is also served by trains from Surrey, Hampshire, and Greater London. You can also take bus numbers 26, 185, or 436 directly to the stadium, or numbers 5, 59, 109, 133, 159, or 333 to stops within a 5-minute walk of the stadium. There is no match-day parking available except for Blue Badge holders, who are advised to book in advance.
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