The Kia Oval is one of the world’s most famous sports grounds and has been home to Surrey County Cricket Club since 1845. Not only is this the birthplace of cricket’s Ashes - the renowned and gruelling match played between England and Australia every two years - it’s also the location of the first-ever FA Cup Final in 1872.

You’ll explore the famous ground on a behind-the-scenes tour, walk out onto the outfield, view the commentary box, and much more. Tours begin at 11am Thursday to Saturday and last for around 90 minutes. At the end of the tour, grab a tea or coffee whilst admiring the Kia Oval outfield.

What’s more, there are plenty of opportunities to find out more about the club with a visit to the Club Museum. Replete with memorabilia from the early days, along with newer items that celebrate the clubs achievements today, you’ll get to walk through the history of this iconic sporting ground.

Please note: Arrive at the John Edrich Gate (Oval Underground end) at least 15-minutes before the tour. You will be directed to the Pavilion reception.


Outfield - take your place on the pristine outfield and see where sporting legends were created. 

Peter May Stand - explore the newly developed stand and take in views of the pitch and the iconic Gasholder.

Committee Room - see where Club Presidents have held meetings and entertained VIP guests on match days.

Did you know

  • In 1870, The Oval staged England’s first international football match versus Scotland.
  • The Oval played its part during World War II and was requisitioned to house anti-aircraft searchlights.
  • The famous Oval Gasholders that lord over the cricket ground from behind were built in 1853 and are Grade II listed.

How to get there

The Kia Oval Tour, Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SS

Closest Underground Station


Closest Bus Stop

Routes 36, 436, 185, 133, 3, 159, 59

Using your London Explorer Pass

Show your London Explorer Pass at the ticket office to enjoy a free tour of the Kia Oval.

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for the Kia Oval Tour then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices.


11am Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Thursday 11.00 - 12.30
Friday 11.00 - 12.30
Saturday 11.00 - 12.30


Closed Sunday - Wednesday.

See the Kia Oval website for more information on special closing dates.

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Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SS


020 3946 0100