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Destination Tennis: Lord's Real Tennis, London
The oldest courts of Europe are hidden inside the famous cricket
Published Jul 10, 2017
Hidden inside Lord's, the most iconic cricket ground in the world, lies one of the oldest tennis courts in all of Europe. "Real Tennis" has been played at Lords since 1838 and is one of the finest courts in Europe.
The "Real" tennis court, with real actually meaning "royal," is an integral part of the Lords club and was very popular with King Henry VIII. The rules are different in that players can hit shots off the walls and matches are still played with wooden racquets on a wooden surface. The Lords Tour has over 70,000 guests and is your best chance to see one of the finest tennis courts in Europe.
Address: St John's Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN, UK
Lord’s is open for tours seven days a week. Visitors walk around the premises of the grounds, tour the Pavilion and the Long Room gallery, take a seat in the player dressing room, and visit the collection at the Museum. Tours also include a look at the Real Tennis Courts, where club members play the original indoor, centuries-old adaptation of tennis.