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Lord's Cricket Ground

Cricket only has one real home. Lord’s, owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club [map] (the MCC), is the spiritual venue of the sport. The MCC is the guardian of the laws and the spirit of cricket.

Contrary to what many people may think, Lord’s is not named because of any connection to peerage and aristocracy but after its founder, Thomas Lord.

Lord’s, located at St John’s Wood, attracts thousands of visitors every year and is regarded by all involved in cricket as one of the world’s best sporting venues.

The ground is extremely busy. Lord’s plays host to test matches, one-day internationals, Middlesex County Cricket Club’s home games and a variety of novelty, village and club cricket finals. Yet it is behind the practical use of its wickets that the huge sceptre of the history of Lord’s can be found.

In addition to being home to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC), Lord’s is also the setting for the state-of-the-art MCC Indoor School, the unrivalled MCC Library, and the world-famous MCC Museum. The museum contains the world famous Wisden Trophy and the Ashes urn.

The public can visit Lord’s to get a behind-the-scenes intimate peak at what makes the historic ground tick.

Sights to be seen include the Long Room, part viewing area and part art gallery. Players have to walk through the long room to reach the pitch on a match day.

In the same Pavilion people can find a series of honours boards noting the achievements of legendary batsmen and bowlers.

The MCC Museum brings the fascinating story of cricket to life. Paintings, photographs and artefacts, covering 400 years of cricket history, reveal the game's development from a rural pastime to a modern and increasingly international sport.

Also on the site is the MCC’s state-of-the-art indoor school and a tennis court where Real Tennis is still played.

Although rooted in history, Lord’s refuses to dwell in the past. The Mound Stand and Grand Stand are exceptional places from which to watch the action unfold.

Lord’s also contains the breathtaking NatWest Media Centre, a unique piece of architecture suited to the high demands of the world’s sporting media.

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