The highly anticipated 26th Premier League season kicks off on 12 August 2017, with Chelsea taking on Burnley in the opening match. Nothing beats the thrill of sitting among thousands of fans in the cathedrals of English soccer (some of which date back to the late 1800s). Incredible goals, roaring fans and unbelievable comebacks are the order of the day. But besides the promise of exciting football moments, there’s plenty to experience on Premier League holidays in the UK.
Best time to go
Running from August to May, the Premier League is bookended by the UK summer, which means you can catch the football action during any of the four seasons, each of which offers a unique travel experience. If it is a specific match you want to watch live, the just-released Premier League fixtures will dictate your travel plans. Of course, you can always choose among our tailor-made Premier League packages, which give you one-click access to the action.
No matter which match you want to catch live, the three biggest international airports in England are all situated in close proximity to the major Premier League clubs. London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports are both a train’s journey away from the center of London, while Manchester, the other major international airport in England, is not far from Liverpool, Birmingham (home to Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion) and other cities where football has its roots.
Where to go
Of the 20 teams in the Premier League, six of them can be found in London. Fulham and Chelsea are two tube stops apart from one another, while Tottenham and Arsenal, two top clubs who share a bitter rivalry, are within a couple miles of each other. And with a capacity of over 60,000 the Emirates Stadium is currently the largest football ground in London (and famously only five minutes away from a pub or cafe).
When you’re not watching your favourite teams go head-to-head on the pitch, explore London’s iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Enjoy panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex from the London Eye, across the Thames River.
Explore the city’s many royal sites, including Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. London’s museums and galleries, from the British Museum and National Gallery to the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, could keep you busy for days. Watch classic and cutting-edge theatre productions on the West End, dine out and shop in Covent Garden, Soho and Spitalfields Market, or picnic in Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath.
Manchester is a major city in the north-west of England which boasts a rich industrial heritage. The city has not just been shaped by the Industrial Revolution, but by The Beautiful Game too. No visit to Manchester would be complete without exploring the city’s many soccer-centric attractions, from Old Trafford Stadium to the National Football Museum. For classic highlights, visit the interactive Museum of Science & Industry, the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural centre.
Perched on the west coast of Britain, Liverpool is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known worldwide as the birthplace of The Beatles. Home to two Premier League soccer clubs – Liverpool (The Reds) and Everton (The Blues), the rivalry here is nothing short of passionate. When you are not cheering on your favourite team, explore the many cultural highlights the city has to offer. With more museums and galleries anywhere outside of London, there’s plenty to discover in Liverpool.
What to expect
Be moved by chanting crowds, marvel at seeing world-class players up-close and feel shivers run down your spine when you hear the ball smack the back of the net and the stadium erupt in cheers. Whether you are rooting for The Blues, The Reds, or the Red Devils; have a soft spot for the Geordies or are gunning for The Gunners, our Premier League packages will take you straight to the action in the 2017 / 2018 season.
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Before you go, make a list of the stadiums you’d like to tour. Many of the soccer clubs offer behind-the-scenes tours of their stadiums. Some clubs feature museums too, such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.