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Craven Cottage: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The property was later acquired by the Cravens and in 1861, they commissioned architect Harrison Ford to design the first cottage on the property.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

It was later rebuilt using the same design and materials. Craven Cottage is a historic house that dates back to 1780 and has a long history of being used for sports. However, the house later fell into disuse and the original cottage burned down in 1888. The house was then rebuilt using the same design and materials, which restored its original appearance. Fulham's officials were very eager to get their new ground ready for play and held their very first match there on 8th October 1896 against rivals Chelsea. The ground was not even finished yet and consisted of a wooden stand only.

This change happened in 1906, when a stand was built for the first time that was specifically designed by Archibald Leitch. The stand has a red brick facade and is located near the present-day Cottage.

Craven Cottage saw growth in terraces in the next few decades, reaching its record attendance of 49,335 spectators in a game against Millwall in 1938. In the next decade, Craven Cottage hosted a few games during the 1948 Olympic Games.

During the following years, Craven Cottage continued to be improved, culminating in the construction of the Riverside Stand in 1972. Fulham played most of the 1980s and 1990s in the lower leagues, so few further changes were made to Craven Cottage.

Fulham started climbing up the league in the late 1990s, and achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2001. The stadium was not able to meet Premier League requirements at the time, so Fulham moved to Loftus Road for a year (after a first year of dispensation). They expected to return to a brand-new stadium when they returned to the Premier League.

However, following controversy over the reconstruction plans and spiralling costs, the plans were abandoned and it was decided to refurbish Craven Cottage. Works were completed in the summer of 2004.

Craven Cottage was one of the smallest grounds in the Premier League, and Fulham had been considering either moving to a new stadium or further redeveloping Craven Cottage.

The club in the end decided to stay at Craven Cottage and began developing plans to build a new Riverside Stand, increasing capacity to 30,000 seats. While they had their plans approved in 2013, work on the stand has yet to start.

(photos of the present Craven Cottage below)

How to get to Craven Cottage

Craven Cottage is located in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough in the west of London. It is about 5 miles from the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Craven Cottage sits on top of the banks of the river Thames, which borders Bishops Park. The stadium can be reached with the Underground (tube). From Putney Bridge station, which is on the District Line, it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium.

There are several different stations that you can take to get to the stadium. One alternative is Hammersmith station, which is serviced by trains on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, and Piccadilly lines. This station is located 20 minutes away from the stadium by foot.

It is advisable not to arrive by car on matchdays at Craven Cottage because it is difficult to access by car.

Address: Stevenage Road, London, SW6 6HH

Eat, drink, and sleep near Craven Cottage

Craven Cottage is located in the quiet Fulham district. The immediate area around the stadium is mainly residential, but there are a few pubs and places to get something to eat near Putney Bridge tube station and Fulham High Street. Near Putney Bridge is the Premier Inn Putney Bridge hotel which has numerous good reviews and is a reasonable price for London. Walking to the stadium through Bishop's Park takes no more than 10 minutes.

Finally, the Holiday Inn Express Earls Court and Ibis Earls Court near West Brompton tube station may be able to provide easy access to the stadium. There are many more hotels near Earls Court station, which is a short metro ride away.

Click here for an overview of all hotels near Craven Cottage.

Fulham Tickets

Tickets for Fulham matches can be bought online, by phone, or in person at the ticket office at the stadium. If tickets remain available, they can also be bought at the ticket office on the day of the match. Fulham usually doesn't sell out in the Championship.

Fulham have created two ticket pricing categories: Category B tickets are the cheapest and range from £20.00 for a seat behind the goal to £35.00 for seats in the central parts of the long sides. Category A tickets are more expensive, and range from £25.00 to £40.00.

Craven Cottage stadium tours

Fulham want to offer their visitors a series of tours that will allow them to explore the stadium from all angles. Included on these tours are the changing rooms, trophy lounge, dugouts, Cottage balcony, and the Johnny Haynes statue. The tours usually run twice a month. They are generally on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at 11:15 am on the Craven Cottage events website.

Online bookings are allowed, but walk-ups are not, and it is advised to book in advance.

The tours costs £15.00. For more information email [email protected]

Relevant Internet links

Fulhamfc.com is the official website of Fulham FC. The views from the Riverside Stand are great if you can avoid the restricted view seats, and during half-time you can pop out again to have a look over the Thames.If you wish to get something to eat or drink during half-time, it may make sense to walk towards the Hammersmith End where queues seemed significantly shorter.The atmosphere was relatively subdued with neither the home nor away fans particularly boisterous, and while initially still rather promising, quickly petered out as a result of the quality of football on display.After the match we decided to walk to Hammersmith tube station in order to avoid any possible further delays. While we did not know the exact way, there was a significant number of other fans taking the same option that we could follow.Overall, Craven Cottage is one of the English stadiums with most character, and is definitely worth a visit if you are in London.

Match visited: Fulham FC vs Blackpool FC Date visited: 5 January 2013

We took advantage of the discounted admission prices for an FA Cup tie at Craven Cottage to get to see it.

We arrived on the District Line and got off at Putney Bridge Station. The tube delay meant that we only arrived a few minutes before the match at the ground, but we were among a good crowd to make our way through Bishop's Park. It takes about 15 minutes to get from the tube to the ground.

We had bought our tickets online before, so we were able to get into the ground quickly and be seated before the start of the match.

We had gotten ourselves some central seats at the Riverside Stand, which was great.

You head down a tunnel beneath the Putney End stand and end up right along the river Thames. The views from the Riverside Stand are great if you can avoid the restricted view seats, and during half-time you can pop out again and have a look over the river.

If you are looking to get something to eat or drink during half time, it may make sense to walk towards the Hammersmith End where queues seemed significantly shorter.

The atmosphere was generally subdued, with neither home nor away fans very engaged. At first it seemed promising, but the quality of football on display soured things quickly.

After the match, we decided to walk to Hammersmith tube station to avoid any possible further delays. While we did not know the exact way, there were a significant number of other fans taking the same option that we could follow.

Overall, Craven Cottage is one of the English stadiums with a lot of character, and it is definitely worth visiting if you are in London.

Well done Fulham for doing this - it's great to see that people are trusted to behave sensibly and that they respond positively to that opportunity. I've sat there several times and never seen or heard any trouble. My only complaint is the overpriced and average food inside the ground, as well as the hugely expensive tickets for Category A games (ie Man U, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and any other London PL team - ie QPR currently and West Ham last season). It's a great place to watch football - an antidote to so many concrete soul-less, pre-fab stadiums that now grace so much of the UK.

The home dressing room has a quirky balcony that is good for spotting visiting managers doing their scouting and non-playing players. The final stand is the Riverside stand which backs right onto the River Thames.

Craven Cottage has an unique atmosphere, especially for evening games. The place is really friendly right from the fans through to the staff - even the ones who search you as you come in.

Hats off to Fulham for setting an example and demonstrating that people can be trusted to behave sensibly. I've seen this demonstrated time and time again at their ground, and it's something that I appreciate. The only complaint I have is the high cost of tickets for Category A games (those involving Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and any other London Premier League team), as well as the average food inside the ground.

. It is great to watch football at The Benjy Stone. This is an antidote to so many concrete and soul-less pre-fab stadiums that now grace so much of the UK.

The Growler wrote: I visited the ground for the last time on January 19th, 2012. It was a pleasure to stand on the terrace and see how it didn't seem level. The stands behind the goals were old and tattered, but that's what made my visit great. It still had its history, with pretty sure it still had wooden seats as well. The cottage is unique and to me very strange to see at a football ground, but this is what makes grounds special. I loved standing in the old school stand with its brickwork on the outside. There were no new metal or plastic structures used now days.

The last ground I ever stood at was a pleasure. The terrace didn't seem level, and the stands behind the goals were old and tatty but that what made my visit great. It still had its history, pretty sure it still had wooden seats as well? The cottage is unique and to me very strange to see at a football ground, but this what makes grounds special, love the old school stand I stood in with its brickwork on the outside, no new metal plastic stuff they use now.

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