For those who like to combine sports and tourism, check out complete itineraries of the cities of the Premier League 2023 teams, the main football championship in England and one of the most disputed in the world.
THE PREMIER LEAGUE
The Premier League is the league that brings together the elite of English football, with the top 20 teams in the country. Considered one of the most competitive leagues on the planet, the competition was founded as the FA Premier League in 1992 after the decision of the clubs of the First Division of the Football League to separate from the Football League founded in 1888. seasons usually start in August and end in May of the following year, with each team playing 38 games. Every year, three teams drop to the “second division” (English Football League Championship) and another three teams go up. Fifty clubs have competed in the tournament since the Premier League's inception, 48 English and 2 Welsh. However, only 7 of them have won the title of the competition since its creation date in 1992:
- Manchester United FC (13 titles)
- Manchester City FC (6 titles)
- Chelsea FC (5 titles)
- Arsenal FC (3 titles)
- Blackburn Rovers FC, Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC (1 title each)
THE CITIES OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS 2022-23
In the 2022-23 season, the 20 teams who are disputing the dream of lifting the championship cup are distributed in 12 different cities. In alphabetical order, they are: Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Southampton and Wolverhampton. See the location of each 12 of the cities (in blue) and 20 stadiums (in orange) on the interactive map below.
Located in the West Midlands, just over 200 km northwest of London, Birmingham is the city of Aston Villa Football Club, football team founded in 1874. Aston Villa is one of the oldest and most successful English clubs, being the fifth with the highest number of important titles. The team sends its matches in the Villa Park stadium, opened in 1897, with capacity for just under 43,000 people. This stadium has hosted matches from the 1966 World Cup, Euro 1996 and FA Cup semi-finals and offers guided tours from £17.
With a population of over 1.1 million, Birmingham is the second largest city in not only England, but of all UK (which still gathers the Wales, Scotland and northern Ireland). The city of Birmingham was the cradle of heavy metal, with pioneering metal bands during the 1960s and 1970s, including Black Sabbath (musician Ozzy Osbourne was born in the city), Judas Priest and Duran Duran. Some highlights of Birmingham are the Victoria Square, one of the main squares, ground zero of the city and where the City Hall is located; San Felipe Cathedral, Birmingham's main church; the beautiful Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the main art gallery in the city; the futuristic building birmingham library; O Canalside Walk, a delightful promenade on the edge of the canal that runs through the city; and the Cadbury chocolate factory.
Bournemouth is a seaside town located just over 170 km south of London and is the seat of the Athletic Football Club Bournemouth, a football team founded in 1890 that plays its matches in the dean court (currently known as Vitality Stadium due to a sponsorship agreement), opened in 1910, with a capacity for just over 11,000 spectators. It was only in the 2015-16 season that AFC Bournemouth played in the Premier League for the first time. The stadium does not offer regular guided tours, but some occasional events throughout the year.
The town that gives the name to the club is in the Dorset region, was officially founded in 1810 and, in the past, was a relatively deserted place, usually frequented by fishermen and smugglers. Later, he became a well-known resort with health spas. In 1870, the arrival of the railroad spurred the development of the city. The center of Bournemouth has a remarkable victorian architecture and its sandy beach (most beaches in the south of England are pebble) attracts around 5 million visitors every year. Among the main highlights of Bournemouth are its pleasant pier, its beautiful gardens, its colorful wooden cottages by the sea, and the unmissable Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.
Founded in 1901, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is the official team of Brighton and Hove (better known as Brighton), a charming seaside town in the south of England, in the East Sussex region. Its official stadium is Falmer Stadium (also known as American Express Community Stadium or simply amex stadium, due to a sponsorship agreement), with capacity for almost 31 thousand people. The club's most relevant title is the 1910 England Super Cup. guided tours for groups of 4 to 70 people on request and from £90 per group. Tours include visits to the stadium's facilities, the Albion Museum, press areas, locker rooms, trophy room, among others. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of the stadium, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take advantage of the tour to discover the friendly city of Brighton, one of my favorites in the south of England. The city began to attract more visitors after the installation of a railway that connected it to London, becoming an important point of embarkation for ships traveling to France. Brighton was also famous as a resort for therapeutic sea bathing as a supposed cure for ailments. The Prince Regent (who later became King George IV) spent much of his time in the city and decided to build a palace, the must-see royal pavilion, the only English royal palace that no longer belongs to the British Crown, in the Indo-Saracen style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century. Other highlights of the city are the Brighton Museum & ArtGallery, the main museum and art gallery in the city; to the The Lanes, super narrow alleys, a fabulous labyrinth of winding alleys; O brighton palace pier, a pier built in 1899; The brighton beach, a super lively stone beach; and the British Airways i360, a mobile observatory, located in a tower 162 meters high.
Located in the West Yorkshire region, about 315 km north of London, Leeds is the city of the team Leeds United Football Club, a soccer team founded in 1919 that sends its matches in the eland road stadium, with capacity for almost 38 thousand people. A curiosity is that Leeds United was the last champion of the English championship before the creation of the Premier League, in 1992. The stadium usually offers guided tours during the summer months for £15 per person.
Although not well known by tourists, Leeds is one of the biggest cities in England with around 800,000 inhabitants, second only to London and Birmingham, in terms of population. After London, Leeds is the biggest legal and financial center of the United Kingdom, housing several companies of financial services, insurance and national and international banks. The biggest highlight of Leeds is undoubtedly the Royal Armories Museum, the Royal Armor Museum, which is worth visiting the city by itself. Other attractions include: Leeds Minster, the main Anglican church in Leeds; The Leeds Art Gallery; the catholic Leeds Cathedral; it's the Leeds City Museum, founded in 1819.
Founded in 1884, the Leicester City Football Club is the football club of the city of Leicester (pronounced “Léster”), a city located in the county of Leicestershire, just over 160 km northwest of London. The city team sends its matches in the Leicester City Stadium (currently known as King Power Stadium due to a sponsorship agreement), with capacity for just over 32,000 people, but there are plans to expand. Leicester City FC became famous after winning the Premier League for the 2015-16 season over Arsenal FC, joining the select list of champions of the tournament. The stadium offers guided tours on selected days and times lasting 90 minutes for £15 per person.
The club town is one of the oldest towns in England and it is believed that the Romans arrived in the area around 47 AD. ruins of ancient roman buildings in the city. Among the city's best-known citizens are: John Deacon, bassist and songwriter for the band Queen; Jon Lord, member of bands like Deep Purple and Whitesnake; and Madeleine McCann, the girl whose disappearance in Portugal in 2007 is still a mystery. It was in the city that I learned most about the last battle of War of the Roses, known as the Battle of Bosworth Field, when Richard III, the last king of the house of York, was defeated by Henry Tudor, of the House of Lancaster, resulting in the death of creation of the Anglican Church. In 2013, they found the place where Richard III was buried and, over it, an incredible museum was built, the King Richard III Visitor Center. His remains were taken to a new burial within the Leicester Cathedral, where they remain to this day. Other attractions from Leicester include: Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, installed in two historic houses in the city and the National Space Center, the National Space Center, a museum covering the fields of space science and astronomy.
Located just over 340 km northwest of London in the county of Merseyside, the city of Liverpool is not only the home of the beatles, but also two Premier League football teams: the Liverpool Football Club it's the Everton Football Club.
- Liverpool FC: Founded in 1892, the Liverpool FC was champion of the Premier League only once, in the 2019-20 season (and 19 times English champion before the creation of the Premier League), champion of the FA Cup, English League, England Super Cup, Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup UEFA. The team plays its matches in the anfield road stadium, with capacity for just over 54,000 people. The stadium can be visited through a variety of tours (from £17) which include a visit to the stadium grounds and museum (museum only visit £12).
- Everton FC: Founded in 1878, the Everton FC send your games on goodison park stadium, which has a capacity for almost 40,000 seats. Everton is the fourth English team with the most national titles, with titles in the English Championship (before the Premier League was created), in addition to titles in the FA Cup, FA Super Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. Everton offer some types of guided tours for your stadium, which include access to the players' changing rooms, directors' box, technical areas, among others from £22.
The city of Liverpool has some areas that UNESCO World Heritage and was chosen by the Guinness World of Records as “international pop capital“, due to the emergence in the city of one of the most famous bands of all time, the Beatles. also has a important port and it was on it that the famous ship was registered Titanic, which was shipwrecked on its first voyage. Among some of the main highlights of the city are: the Radio City Tower, a tower 122 meters high with an observation deck at the top; the renovated port region of albert dock; O The Beatles Story, museum about the Beatles; O Merseyside Maritime Museum, which houses an exhibition about the Titanic and also houses the International Slavery Museum, an exciting museum that tells the story of slavery in the world; and the Liverpool Cathedral, a largest church in the world, almost 189 meters long!
The incredible English capital is the largest city in the United Kingdom and has the largest number of teams competing in the Premier League, no less than 7 in the 2022-23 season. Are they: Arsenal FC, Brentford FC, Chelsea FC, Crystal Palace FC, Fulham FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, and West Ham United FC. Then, learn a little about each of them.
- Arsenal FC: Founded in 1886, the Arsenal Football Club is one of the most successful clubs in English football, being the third in number of titles, which include the English Championship, FA Cup, European Cup, Champions League, among others. It is the only team to have won the Premier League undefeated. Their stadium, in the Holloway district of Islington, central London, is the Emirates Stadium, with capacity for almost 61 thousand people and offers self guided tours from £27 (buy with free cancellation here), which include a visit to the club's museum, which tells its entire history from its creation, its first stadium, the construction of the current Emirates Stadium, in addition to highlighting great victories and great players to the present day.
- Brentford FC: Founded in 1889, the Brentford Football Club, known as “The Bees” has a bee as a symbol and sends its matches in the Brentford Community Stadium (currently known as Gtech Community Stadium), with capacity for just over 17,000 seats. It is a smaller team, located in Brentford, a suburban area west of London, whose main achievement was being champion of the 2nd division of the English Championship. The stadium offers tours on select dates throughout the season from £20.
- Chelsea FC: Founded in 1905, the Chelsea Football Club is one of the three most successful clubs in English football in international championships, along with Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC Chelsea collect national, continental and world titles, including the English Championship, FA Cup, English League Cup, Super Cup of England, Champions League, Europa League, European Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. The team sends its games in the Stamford Bridge, a stadium for nearly 42,000 people located in the Fulham borough. The stadium provides guided tours diaries around the stadium. In addition to the traditional tour, the traditional tour that visits the lawn, bleachers, press room, locker rooms and gives access to the club museum, there are also special tours, including in the presence of former players of the club. Buy tickets with free cancellation in this link.
- Crystal Palace FC: Founded in 1905, the Crystal Palace Football Club, commonly called just Palace or The Eagles (The Eagles) is a smaller English football team, located in the borough of Croydon, whose greatest achievement was the defunct English Members Cup in 1991. Selhurst Park stadium, with capacity for just over 26,000 spectators. The stadium offers guided tours in some dates throughout the season. Tickets cost £22 per person.
- Fulham FC: Founded in 1879, the Fulham Football Club is a club located in Fulham, an area in the Hammersmith & Fulham district of west London. Fulham is London's oldest professional team playing in the Premier League. Its games are played in Craven Cottage Stadium, which has a capacity for 19,000 people, and is relatively close to another stadium in the same neighborhood, Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge. However, Fulham has never been as successful as its neighbours, with the main titles being champion of the 2nd and 3rd division of the English Premier League and a title of the defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup, in 2002. tours on some dates throughout the season, but you can ask for more information by email email@example.com. Tours are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese and the ticket costs £22 per person.
- Tottenham Hotspur FC: Founded in 1882, the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is a team based in Tottenham, North London. The club has already won the English Championship, the FA Cup, the English League Cup, the FA Super Cup, the Europa League and the European Cup Winners' Cup. It is considered one of the richest teams in the Premier League and one of the “Big Six”, along with Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC, and Manchester United FC. The club plays its matches in the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, opened in 2019, with capacity for more than 62,000 spectators. The stadium offers some types of tours to get to know the backstage of the club daily and with several schedule options. Tickets cost from £27 per person.
- West Ham United FC: Founded in 1895, the West Ham United Football Club is headquartered in the East End, East London. This traditional club has already won national and continental titles, such as the FA Cup, the British Super Cup, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the extinct UEFA Intertoto Cup. The club hosts its matches in London Olympic Stadium, also known as London Stadium, in Stratford, built to host the 2012 Olympic Games, together with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The stadium has a capacity for 62,500 people and offers tours self-guided and on-site guided tours from £20 (online).
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- BONUS IN LONDON: OFFICIAL STADIUM OF THE ENGLISH TEAM! The England national football team is one of two national teams oldest in football along with the Scotland national team. The two teams played the first international football match in 1872. In 1966, the English team won its only World Cup, which was played at home and featured a controversial goal to guarantee victory against West Germany. The dash “savior” is on display at the Wembley Stadium, in London, the official stadium of the England team, which has 90,000 seats. The stadium provides daily tours from £24 to explore the main areas, including the pitch, stands, press rooms and changing rooms. Buy tickets with free cancellation in this link.
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London is a city that needs no introduction, as it is one of the most fantastic metropolises on the planet. It is the official seat of the government of the United Kingdom, the official residence of the English royal family, it houses 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sets the world time using the Greenwich Mean Time, and has a rich and vast history. London is home to countless museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions. Among the main attractions of London are: the british parliament it's the Big Ben; The Westminster Abbey (place of coronation of British monarchs); O Buckingham Palace; The London Eye, London's Ferris wheel which provides incredible views of the city; O Covent Garden Market; a complex of restaurants, shops; O British Museum, one of the best museums in the world; The Trafalgar Square, one of London's main squares and home to the must-see National Gallery; The Leicester Square, one of the most famous squares in London; The Piccadilly Circus, the brightest square in London; the streets of purchases Regent Street and Oxford Street.
Be sure to visit the incredible area of City of London, the financial center of the city, including the London Tower, a medieval fortress where the Crown Jewels are kept; The Tower Bridge, the most beautiful suspension/bascule bridge in the city; Leadenhall Market, a beautiful market that served as a backdrop for the “Harry Potter” films; the free gazebo Sky Garden (needs advance reservations); The Cathedral of St. Paul; and the beautiful pedestrian bridge Millennium Bridge. Crossing the bridge, you arrive at Southbank with attractions such as The Shard, the tallest building in London and one of the tallest in the world; O Borough Market, London's oldest and most famous market; O Shakespeare's Globe and Tate Modern, a must-see modern art museum that is free. Other attractions include the neighborhood of Notting Hill, the neighborhood of Greenwich, O Kensington Palace and a huge variety of museums: Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, between others.
ECONOMY IN LONDON: ACTIVITY CARDS
For those who want to do many things and visit many paid places in London, the suggestion is to purchase one of the cards that give you direct access to attractions and ride the tourist bus, saving a lot! O THE LONDON PASS is the most famous of them. The card can be purchased in versions of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 10 days. It entitles you to entry to over 60 of London's top attractions and 1 day tour on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. In addition, the card offers more than 20 exclusive special offers at some of the city's shops and restaurants. See the full list of included attractions in this link. Price: from £69.
Located in the North West England region, about 330 km northwest of London, Manchester is home to two of the biggest football teams in England – the manchester united football club it's the manchester city football club – being the city with the most Premier League titles.
- Manchester City FC: Founded in 1880, Manchester City FC has had several names (St Mark's (West Gorton), Ardwick Association Football Club) until it took its current name from 1894. The club accumulates Premier League titles and has already been champion of the Champions League and of the European Cup. The team commands its matches in the Etihad Stadium, with capacity for more than 53 thousand people, which tours which include a visit to its facilities, an audiovisual experience in the locker room, a film about the history of the club in 360º cinema and much more! Booking online, you. you'll get 15% off with tickets from £25.
- Manchester United FC: Founded in 1878, the "Red Devils" accumulate national, continental and world titles, including the English Championship, the FA Cup, the English League Cup, the British Super Cup, the Champions League, the Europa League, the European Cup Winners' Cup , the UEFA Super Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The team sends its matches in the Old Trafford, a stadium with a capacity for 76,000 people that offers guided tours on its premises and club museum from £25.
These two amazing teams are named after the city they were born in, amazing Manchester. The city began to expand surprisingly only at the turn of the 19th century, and in 1853 it gained the status of a city. Unorganized growth occurred due to the deployment of numerous textile factories during the Industrial Revolution. It is for this reason that Manchester is considered the first industrialized city in the world. The city breathes football and has hosted several football competitions, including the FIFA World Cup (1966). Furthermore, Manchester has installed the National Football Museum, with 2,500 items, including football boots, balls, paintings, postcards and ceramics. Other outstanding attractions in the city are: the Manchester Art Gallery, with its collection of more than 25,000 objects; the beautiful building of manchester town hall, in Victorian and neo-Gothic style; The John RylandsLibrary, a library that houses one of the richest and most unique collections in the world, with books, maps, works of art and objects; the beautiful one Manchester Cathedral, built in the Gothic style between 1421 and 1882; the unmissable Museum of Science and Industry; it's the Castlefield, a large conservation area, where the ruins of early Manchester are located, when it was called Mancunium by the Romans.
9. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Founded in 1892, from the merger of two local clubs, the Newcastle United Football Club is considered one of the main football teams in England and is located in the county of Tyne and Wear, in the friendly city of Newcastle upon Tyne, the largest in the north of the country. The team has already been champion of the English Championship (before becoming Premier League), FA Cup and FA Super Cup. Newcastle send their matches to the St James' Park Stadium, with capacity for more than 52 thousand people. The team offers some types of tours for its stadium, the Classic Tour being the most sought after for telling the story of the club and the stadium. Price is £18 per person (includes 10% discount by purchasing online).
The city that gives the name to the club is called Newcastle upon Tyne, cut by the River Tyne and is 400 km north of London and just over 150 km south of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland. Newcastle grew as an important center for the wool trade in the 14th century, and later became an important coal mining area. Its harbor developed throughout the 16th century and, together with the shipyards further down the River Tyne, was among the largest shipbuilding and ship repair centers in the world. Grainger Town it is the historic heart of Newcastle upon Tyne and incorporates classic streets, including attractions such as Grainger Market, Theater Royal, Gray Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street. Among the main attractions of the city are: the Newcastle Castle, a medieval fortification; quayside, an area bordering the River Tyne along the old wharf.; the Cathedral of St. Nicholas of the 12th century; and several ruins of the ancient Medieval City Wall.
And in the middle of Sherwood Forest we find Nottingham! Yes, the city of Robin Hood really exists and in it is the Nottingham Forest Football Club, a football team founded in 1865 that plays its games in the City Ground Stadium, a stadium with capacity for more than 30 thousand people. Forest are one of four English clubs to have won the Champions League more than once, in the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons. The stadium offers guided tours about 90 minutes through the locker rooms, access tunnel to the lawn, cabins and more. The price is £15 per person (up to 25 people per tour) and bookings can be made by phone or in person at the ticket office.
The city that gives the team its name is in Nottinghamshire, about 200 km north of London and has approximately 330,000 inhabitants. Although it was founded around the year 600, it was only elevated to city status in 1897, as part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham is famous for the story of Robin Hood, who would have lived in the 12th century, at the time of King Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades. Pursued by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood used to hide in sherwood forest, a nature reserve of 4 km2, located 35 km north of the city. There are a series of 12 panels scattered throughout the city with information and stories about the life of Robin Hood. Among the main attractions of Nottingham are: the old nottingham castle, which became an art gallery; the Old Market Square, which is Nottingham's most important square; O Nottingham Contemporary, a museum and contemporary art center in the city; City of Caves (City of Caves) is part of a hidden maze of over 500 original sandstone caves beneath the streets of Nottingham that date back to the Medieval Era; and the unmissable Museum of the Galleries of Justice, which uses original courtrooms, dungeons and prisons, along with several galleries to display collections of justice, law, crime and punishment in an interesting and interactive way.
Located in the county of Hampshire, about 130 km southwest of London, Southampton is a seaside town steeped in history and home to the football team Southampton Football Club, founded in 1885. The club has won the FA Cup in 1976 and, since 2001, has played its matches in St. Mary's Stadium, with capacity for just over 32,000 spectators. The stadium offers tours through its facilities, including locker rooms, access tunnel to the lawn and much more. Tours can be taken on non-match days for £20 per person and can be bought online.
After Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Southampton became the main port of transit between the then capital of England, the city of Winchester, and Normandy, northern France. In the 15th century, several parts of the wall were raised and new fortifications were built. Even today it is possible to see and even walk along the city walls. It was also during the Middle Ages, shipbuilding became an important industry for the city. It was from Southampton that the famous ship sailed Titanic, with about 80% of the crew originating from the city. You can see an exhibition about it at the SeaCity Museum. In the eighteenth century, Jane Austen, one of the greatest English-language writers of all time resided in Southampton. A “Jane Austen Trial” is a route with 9 places that she and her family passed through Southampton and some of them can still be seen today. Other highlights of the city are: the Tudor House, whose oldest part of the house was built in 1180; and the Holyrood Church, a 12th-century church partially destroyed in World War II.
Located in the West Midlands county, Woverhampton is a city of just over 260,000 inhabitants that is home to the football team Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, also known as Wolves. Founded in 1877 as St. Luke's FC, Wolves changed their name two years later. In the 1950s, they won the English League three times. During the 1980s, it suffered from a very serious financial crisis, being relegated four times. After staying 39 years out of competitions organized by UEFA, the team reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League in 2020. The team hosts its matches in Molineux Stadium, with capacity for just over 32,000 people. It is possible to visit the Wolves Museum, the club's museum, which tells details about its history. The club offers tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with approximately 1 hour duration. private tours are available at the stadium, but you must contact them in advance by email firstname.lastname@example.org to check prices and schedule a visit.
Of the list of twelve cities that have teams in the 2023 Premier League, Wolverhampton is the only one I have never visited. The city seems to be very friendly, interesting and with a rich history. Among the main attractions, the following stand out: the green areas of the west park; The Wolverhampton Art Gallery, the largest art gallery in the city with an important collection of Flemish Baroque paintings; The Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Victorian mansion built and furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts and Aestheticism movements; Moseley Old Hall, famous palace that served as a resting place for King Charles II during his flight to France after defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 ; and the St Peter's Collegiate, the city's main church and which, in the past, was a royal chapel.
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