Along with Birmingham City and several clubs around the periphery, Aston Villa are based in the UK’s second largest city – Birmingham. Aston Villa are based at Villa Park and this has been their home since 1897.
Aston Villa have historically been one of the most successful British football teams. They have been First Division Champions and FA Cup winners on 7 occasions apiece. To give you some idea of this achievement, a team such as Chelsea has managed 5 league titles and 6 FA cups. The difference between the two being that Villa’s most successful period was at the turn of the 20th Century – they had won six of their seven FA Cups by 1920. At the time, Aston Villa were one of the most famous football clubs in the world.
The 1980s brought a League Championship and a European Cup, but since then Villa fans have had little to cheer about, although their team is still well respected.
Villa Park is an old ground with a rich history of hosting important games as well as being home to Aston Villa. It held three group matches during the 1966 World Cup, four matches during Euro ‘96 and until recently was used every year to host one of the FA Cup semi-finals.
If you fancy getting close to Villa Park’s turf and seeing the first team dressing room, why not take a stadium tour? Tours take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and certain Sundays in the month. Note that, if you are attending a match, tours don’t take place the afternoon before, the day of, or the morning after match day.
Also at the stadium is the Villa Store. The club shop is open Monday to Saturday (9am – 5pm) and Sundays (10am – 2pm).
Getting to Villa Park:
BY ROAD - If arriving from the North, leave the M6 at J7, following the A34 southwards.
- Turn left towards the University of Central England and follow the signs for the A4040 to Witton.
- At the main roundabout, take the first exit and follow the signs to Villa Park.
- If arriving from the South, leave the M1 at J19 and join the M6.
- At J6, exit onto the A38(M).
- Take the first right into Victoria Road and turn right at the roundabout into Witton Road, following the signs to Villa Park.
The nearest mainline railway station to Villa Park is Birmingham New Street. Connections are available to the local stations Aston (a 10 minute walk from the ground) and Witton (near to the away end). After exiting Witton station, turn left as far as the roundabout and turn left into Witton Lane.
The nearest airport is Birmingham International (a half-hour taxi ride from Villa Park). This has frequent train connections to Birmingham New Street railway station.
Aston Villa is a football team with pride in where they come from both geographically and historically. In recent years they have been fighting to break into the top four in the Premier League and have been getting close. Who knows – maybe your visit will coincide with bringing the glory days back to Villa Park?
Villa Park, Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 327 2299