London with Kids: How can I get cheap tickets to watch England play football at Wembley?

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Updated March 2023

September 2019

We went to watch England play at Wembley Stadium, for Finn’s birthday treat, and it was the most amazing day! It was the first time he (and I) had been to a football match and the atmosphere was electric. We went with my sister and her little boy too, and the boys were thoroughly mesmerised the whole time.

Finn is a massive Harry Kane fan so to see him score a hat trick when we were there was just perfect. England won the match against Bulgaria, a brilliant 4 nil – what a great game to have witnessed! And, I think the kids were as excited about the Mexican wave as the match itself! 😂

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How can I get cheap tickets?

We were really impressed with the ticket prices – having originally tried to get Tottenham tickets which cost a small fortune and are hard to come by. The match we watched was a Euro 2020 qualifier, and we sat in the family zone down the end of the stadium by one of the goals.

The position was brilliant – we had a great view and it was amazing to be so close to them scoring. Our tickets were £25 for each adult and just £10 for children – cheaper than a trip to the theatre!

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To get these cheaper tickets, you’ll need to look for qualifying games rather than the more popular matches. So, those in between times where the games are in preparation for the World Cup or EUFA Euro will be cheaper and easier to come by. Having said that, because they are affordable, they do still sell out quickly so be on the ball! (No pun intended! 😉)

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Check their website: to find out what’s on offer, and keep your eyes peeled for when the tickets are released.


Updated prices – March 2023:

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As you can see, tickets in the family enclosure are much cheaper than tickets elsewhere in the stadium, so the orange area is the section you’ll be looking to find tickets in. We’re hoping to go again this year – so maybe we’ll see you there! 😉


What else do I need to know?

Make sure you arrive with plenty of time – the trains are rammed before and after the matches, so it’s best to arrive earlier in the day and grab a meal beforehand so you can avoid delays on the way there at least. There’s a McDonalds and other places to eat in walking distance nearby.

When you enter, you’ll queue and have your bags checked airport security style – so avoid bringing much with you to speed this up. They have a strict bag policy at Wembley Stadium:

So, if you do need some supplies for the kids, get everyone to take an individual small backpack, as large bags are not permitted.

It’s also important to note that the stadium is now entirely cashless – so anything you buy inside will need to be purchased by card payment only.

Food and drink, pushchairs and large umbrellas are also not permitted in the stadium. You can, however, bring an empty plastic bottle up to the size of 500ml which can be filled inside if you’d like some water whilst avoiding the expensive food and drink costs within the stadium.

Other than that, I would highly recommend attending a football match at Wembley if you have a little football fan – the tickets can be really affordable, the atmosphere is incredible and it’s a special day out that they’ll remember forever.


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