Liverpool is one of the best cities in the world for celebrating football and the great debate around whether or not you’re a red or a blue keeps the city alive, a bit of friendly competition is always fun, right? If you’re a red then you’ll spend most of your time cheering on Liverpool at Anfield Stadium and if you’re on the blue side, Everton’s Goodison Park is where you’ll be cheering on the Toffees.
We went along to the Anfield Stadium tour in the middle of Liverpool’s Premier League run to check out where the magic happens and get a few selfies along the way.
There are different types of tours ranging from the LFC Stadium Tour, which changes if it is a match day and the Anfield Experience. If you can, we would recommend booking in advance as it guarantees you definitely get your spot on the tour and you’re not left disappointed! We went on the LFC Stadium Tour and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
The stadium tour has evolved over the years and since the developments of the Main Stand in 2016 the experience has grown even bigger, adding an extension, new changing rooms and state of the art facilities.
Walking towards Anfield Stadium is an experience in itself; take a walk around the edge of the stadium before your tour to get a feel for just how big it actually is as the huge stands loom over you. Make sure you stop to see The Shankly Statue by the entrance to the tour too, he’s one of LFC’s greatest legends.
You start your tour outside of the Main Stand by The Kop where you will be checked in and if you have booked this tour, given your audio guide. Most people opt for the audio guided tour as it provides so much hidden information you otherwise wouldn’t discover so it’s definitely worth doing. You’re given a quick brief and then you’re set free to take everything in at your own pace, exploring everything the club has to offer. Navigate the multiple escalators to the top of the Main Stand and be amazed by the sheer size of this amazing ground. Your audio guide will talk you through some brilliant Anfield secrets and then you’ll walk out into the stadium from the top of the Main Stand. The view is breath taking and if you are a huge Liverpool fan, one you won’t forget in a rush. On a sunny day you can even see Liverpool’s two beautiful cathedrals in the distance! From there you work your way down to pitch side, seeing everything from the press rooms, where the team have their pre match lunch, home and away changing rooms, the walk of champions and the famous “This Is Anfield” sign that you’ve got to give a tap like the players do on their way through the legendary tunnel, it’s a Liverpool tradition.
Walk out to the pitch side and experience what it feels like to walk onto one of the most famous pitches in football, make sure you stay off the grass though, it’s an offence to go on it! Take a seat in the dugout and sit in Jürgen Klopp’s chair that he watches the lads play from, it doesn’t get much better than that at Anfield. When we went along, the grass had just been cut so the friendly staff let us take home some grass clippings and we now have our own little bit of football history at home! After all the walking, taking a 5 minute break in The Kop or the Main Stand is a must, just to take in the wonderful view of the pitch for the last time.
The tour might end there but included in your ticket is the Anfield Museum so make sure you head over there. The museum holds an abundance of Liverpool memorabilia and loads of information about the club’s history. There’s a special room dedicated to Steven Gerrard’s career and there is even the Champion’s League Cup that Liverpool won in Istanbul in 2005! There is also the Liverpool shop that you can visit to buy the latest kit or souvenirs from your trip to Anfield and The Boot Room, the club’s own football themed restaurant where you can sit for a post-tour meal.
What makes the tour so good is how you can spend as much time as you like in your favourite areas, if you want to spend longer taking in the beautiful views of the pitch you can! Or if you fancying chilling in Salah’s dressing room seat for a bit then you’re more than welcome – make sure you give other fan’s a go though, everyone wants a bit of their favourite player!
The Anfield Stadium tour is definitely a must for any Liverpool fan, whether you are from Liverpool, the rest of the UK or overseas, it’s an experience you will not forget in a hurry from your trip to Liverpool.
For more information, to see the range of tours that Anfield provide and to book one visit: https://stadiumtours.liverpoolfc.com