The only grass court Grand Slam and, for many, the pinnacle of the tennis season, Wimbledon is a British institution.
The sale of tickets for the show courts is done by way of a public ballot several months in advance of the event and no show court tickets are on sale to the general public. However, members of the public can queue for tickets on the day that they want to attend. Where there are show court tickets available, these will be offered to the first people in the queue. However, it is usually necessary to queue from the early hours of the morning, if not overnight, in order to get near the front of the queue.
If no show court tickets are available, you will be offered a ground pass, which allows you access to un-ticketed courts, as well as all of the facilities at Wimbledon. Once all ground passes are sold, Wimbledon runs a ‘one-in-one-out’ system for the rest of the day. Returned show court tickets are sometimes available to purchase towards the end of the day when the original holder of the tickets leave.
Getting there: Wimbledon takes place at The All England Club in south-west London. The easiest way to get there is by tube from central London. The closest station is Southfields on the District line (not Wimbledon station). Parking is very difficult and driving is not advised.