What Time Should I Arrive at the Wimbledon Championships?

The Wimbledon Grounds open at 10am. Play starts on Centre Court at 1.30pm and on No. 1 Court at 2pm. The best time to arrive, however, really depends on a number of factors.

Debenture Ticket Holders

If you have Debenture tickets to Centre Court play starts at 1.,30pm (with the exception of Finals Weekend where play starts at 2pm).

If you have Debenture Tickets to No. 1 Court play starts at 2pm.

There are, however, compelling reasons to get to the grounds well before play starts on the main two show courts:

The Outside Courts

The day’s action on the outside courts starts at 11am, meaning that tennis fans can enjoy two hours of play before relocating to their Debenture Ticket seat on Centre Court or No. 1 Court.

The first week in particular offers a very real chance of seeing some f the top seeded players in action on the Outside Courts.

Read more: Can I see the morning’s play before Wimbledon main court play starts?

Exclusive Debenture Bars. Restaurants and Lounges

Without doubt, one of the major attractions of a Wimbledon Debenture ticket is that it grants the owner access to a variety of exclusive Debenture restaurants, bars and lounges serving up some of the best cuisine the AELTC has to offer.

These restaurants include the Champion’s Room, the Renshaw Restaurant and the Courtside Restaurant.

Arriving early gives you the opportunity to soak up the pre-match atmosphere over a coffee or enjoying a sumptuous lunch before play begins.

Read more: Wimbledon Debenture holder bars, lounges and restaurants

Public Ballot Ticket winners

If were lucky enough to win a ticket in the public ballot you can also watch any of the matches being played on the outside courts starting at 11am. Seats are available on a first come first served basis, so arriving as early after 10am as possible gives you the best chance of getting a seat on an Outside Court in the morning.

If you want to grab something to eat or drink and soak up the pre-match buzz in the morning, there are a number of bars and restaurants throughout the Grounds. You can also take a picnic to Henman Hill.

Joining the Queue

If you are planning to try you luck in the famous Wimbledon Queue, when to arrive is a completely different question.

With only 1,500 tickets typically allocated to the Queue for Court No. 1, 2 and 3 (in total), competition for tickets is fierce. Joining the queue as early as possible is the only way to maximise your chances of getting a ticket.

It is generally advised that to be in get a ticket to Centre Court or No. 1 Court, will need to join the queue before midday on the the day before the day you wish to attend.

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