Which are the Best Seats at the Wimbledon Championship?

Seats in the Royal Box on Centre Court are generally regarded as the best seats at The Championships. But unless you are a former champion, an Olympic Gold Medallist or, of course, a member of the Royal Family, then tickets for these seats are impossible to come by.

We look at the pros and cons of the various other seating options, to help you get the most out of your day at the Tournament.

Which seats offer the best views?

Wimbledon Debenture Tickets are the most sought-after tickets at the Wimbledon Championships. Seats reserved for Debenture Ticket holders usually offer the best views of the action.

Debenture seats are always close to the action. On Centre Court, spectators with Debenture tickets are always seated in the front 14 rows rows (A-N) – the same tier as the Royal Box,

On No. 1 Court, spectators with Debenture Tickets are always seated in the front 17 rows (A-Q).

Most of these Debenture Ticket seats are at a 45 degree angle to the court, offering what is widely regarded as the best perspective to watch tennis live.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t get a great view of the action with a different type of ticket. There are also corporate hospitality tickets, tickets issued in the Public Ballot, tickets assigned to local clubs, tickets for those who brave the Wimbledon Queue and Ground Passes. It gets confusing quickly.

With so many options available for tickets and seats, it can be hard to decide which one will give you the best experience.

Can you actually choose your seats at the Championships?

If you have been assigned a ticket in the Public Ballot or by standing in the Wimbledon Queue, you will not get to choose your seat. You either accept the seat you are offered or you turn the ticket offer down. For Public Ballot tickets you cannot even choose your day.

If you are a Debenture holder, however , you have a guaranteed seat on each day of the Championships on either Centre Court or No. 1 Court. Although your seats will be on the same tier as the royal Box, whether you end up sitting over the side-line or baseline is a lottery, drawn each year by the Debenture Office.

Debenture Ticket seats are allocated, and Debenture holders notified, in May before the Tournament.

Once the seat numbers have been assigned, debenture tickets can be bought and sold on the open market.

This means that (after seat allocation) it is possible for those wanting to buy a debenture ticket, to choose which court, which day and which seat they prefer.

That said, the market for debenture seats is active all year round and both the demand and cost of tickets increase as the Tournament nears. Canny debenture ticket buyers will often buy a ticket earlier in the year and swap it for their preferred seat with another ticket holder, once the seats have been allocated.

What are the different courts at the Wimbledon Championship?

Wimbledon has a total of 19 Grass Championship Courts.

The Wimbledon Championships take place across all 19 Grass Champion Courts (Centre Court and Courts 1-18). As the Tournament progresses, matches will be played on fewer of the outside courts as players are knocked out.

The most sought after courts are the Show Courts which are Centre Court, No. 1 Court, No. 2 Court, No. 3 Court, No. 12 Court, and No. 18 Court. Of these, seats on Centre Court, No. 1 Court and No. 2 Court are most prized – offering the best chance of seeing the world’s highest seeded players.

The main court is Centre Court and the most prestigious matches are played on it. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, then try out No. 1 Court or No. 2 Court, which have a much smaller seating capacity, so tickets are easier (relatively) to come by.

It’s all about the tennis

Although there are differing levels of luxury and prestige associated with the various courts, most fans are there to watch some world-class tennis.

Without doubt you have a better chance of seeing highly seeded players if you have a Debenture Ticket for Centre Court. If you are lucky, you could still end up watching the top players with a Ground Pass, which lets you access the Wimbledon Grounds and Unreserved Courts.

The Unreserved Courts (Courts 3 to 18) are outdoor courts that host a variety of matches throughout the Tournament. You could see highly ranked players on the Unreserved Courts – especially in the first week of the Championships.

Many of the seats on these courts are at a side view, so these seats often don’t offer the best perspective, and it can be tricky to follow the rallies from that view due to the speed of the modern game.

Other things to consider

Position of the Sun

The Wimbledon tennis courts are all north-south aligned, so the players don’t have the sun in their eyes for the majority of the day.

If you want to keep out of the Sun during the afternoon’s play, you want to try and get a side-line seat on the West Side, which will be mostly in the shade on the main courts.

If you are a sun worshipper, a side-line seat on the East Side might be more suitable.

Baseline seats, or seats on the angle, could be preferable for those looking to avoid ‘Wimbledon Neck’. Anyone who has sat with a side-line view for a 5 set marathon at the Championships (such as in 2019 when Federer vs Djokovic lasted for 4 hours and 58 minutes time) will be familiar with the stiff neck symptoms the day after.

Sitting on the angles may offer the best compromise here you can find some shade (or sun), without needing to oscillate your head back and forth throughout the afternoon’s play.

Aisle or mid-row?

You may have other concerns when choosing a seat. Most people prefer an aisle seat which allows you to come and go without disturbing fellow spectators. Aisle (debenture) seats tend to command a premium, however, so if you are not bothered go for a mid-row seat.

The proximity of the amenities, such as restaurants, toilets and changing facilities, may also be worth bearing in mind.

Accessibility

There are a number of reserved spaces for wheelchair users on Centre Court, No. 1 Court and No. 2 Court. If you have a ticket and you need access to a wheelchair space, you should call the Ticket Office on 020 8971 2473.

The main grass level of the Aorangi Terrace which has a good view of the Large Screen has ramped access and a reserved wheelchair area.