Home to Fulham F.C for more than a century, Craven Cottage is among the most historic football grounds in the country. This West London Stadium has seen more than its fair share of sporting action over those many years, with memories of The Cottagers biggest triumphs treasured in the minds of the 22,000 or so revellers who line the stands on match day.
Having found themselves between the top two tiers of English football since the turn of the millennium, there’s plenty of action to catch at Craven Cottage. The ground has also hosted occasional international friendlies, and is admired for its classic stadium architecture.
With its West London location, there are excellent transport links to Fulham’s Craven Cottage, no matter if you’re cheering on the home side or heading on an away day. Read on for all the information you need to plan your trip – including how to get there and what else there is to do in the area.
Craven Cottage is in Fulham, within the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in West London.
If you’re making the trip into London using the South Western Railway network, the closest station to Craven Cottage will be Putney.
Once you arrive here, there’s a pleasant 25-minute walk over the picturesque Putney Bridge and past the historic Fulham Palace to reach the stadium. Alternatively, take the 430 bus on the opposite side of the road when leaving the station. After around 15 minutes, hop off at Stop FM on Kingswood Road. Craven Cottage is then just a few minutes’ stroll away.
South Western Railway services can get you direct to Putney from other parts of the capital. Connections include central transport hubs like London Waterloo, Vauxhall and Clapham Junction, as well as areas further out, such as Richmond.
Things to do at Craven Cottage Stadium
Whether you’re a lifelong fan of The Cottagers or are calling on an away day, there’s plenty going on both in and around Fulham’s football stadium.
Home of the legendary Fulham F.C since 1896, Craven Cottage certainly has heritage. The club have become a regular (though not permanent) presence in the top flight of football, meaning you may well see some of the biggest names in the game work their magic here. Alongside league fixtures there’s plenty of F.A Cup and Carabao Cup action to look forward to, as well as a few friendlies in the pre-season period.
If you’re looking for even more footballing action, why not catch a Fulham F.C Women game? The team play over at Motspur Park Training Ground in New Malden, close to Raynes Park station.
Craven Cottage tickets
Ready to cheer on The Cottagers in person? You’ll need to bag some Craven Cottage tickets first. Home tickets are available through the website and are released in the run up to games – usually around three weeks in advance. You’ll need to setup and log in to a OneFulham Account to complete your purchase.
You can also buy tickets from the stadium box office, either in-person or over the phone at 0203 871 0810. It’s open for calls from 09:30 to 16:30, extended to 09:00 to 17:00 if you’re going in-person.
Got a Cottagers fanatic in your life, or simply want to treat yourself to some official club merch? Then get yourself along to the Fulham F.C. Stadium Store. From personalised club shirts to mugs, scarves and stocking fillers, there’s something to be found here for every Fulham fan. Located within the stadium grounds, it’s open all week from 10:00 to 18:00, reduced to 11:00 to 17:00 on Sundays.
Events and hospitality
Whether you’re looking to make your next match day extra special or have a private or business event in mind, Craven Cottage hospitality facilities offer something extra special. Spaces available for hire include the Superbox, a super luxe setting with unrivalled views out over the Craven Cottage turf. The Television Studio space is a little cosier but no less exclusive, while the Thameside Superbox is a great place to settle pre-kick-off or halftime nerves. Meanwhile, the Chairman’s Private Dining Room serves up truly spectacular cuisine.
See Craven Cottage from the other side when you book in for an exclusive Fulham Football Ground tour. This deeply historic ground hides all kinds of secrets, and you’ll get to retrace an incredible history as you step into areas the fans never usually get to see. Starting from then Johnny Haynes Statue on Stevenage Road, you’ll make your way through spaces like the dressing rooms, the famous cottage itself, and much more!
If you’re sticking around in London a while and can’t get enough of access-all-areas stadium tours, why not visit Twickenham Stadium or Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium?
Things to do near Craven Cottage
If you’re looking for ways to stay entertained before or after the big game, there’s lots of exciting stuff going on in the local area.
If this is your first time at The Cottage, a stroll through Bishops Park and along the Thames riverfront is a must. You’ll eventually reach the spectacular Fulham Palace, an estate boasting medieval architecture and a rich, fascinating history.
Not too far from Craven Cottage is Fulham High Street. Here you’ll find plenty of venues to debrief with friends and family at, from pubs like The Kings Arms and Golden Lion to eateries like Pappa Ciccia and Pure Indian Cooking.
Heading south across Putney Bridge, you’ll soon reach Putney High Street. There’s even more to pad out the day with here, from the stylish ODEON Luxe cinema to popular fashion and homewares stores at Putney Exchange Shopping Centre.
Tips for the day
- Parking on match days is very limited, and access to surrounding streets is restricted by a Traffic Management Order
- Turnstiles usually open around 90 minutes before kick-off
- The stadium is now cashless, so you’ll need to bring a bank card
Food and drinks
You’ll find both permanent and mobile catering outlets in all parts of the stadium grounds. Expect all your usual match day favourites at Craven Cottage, from delicious cheeseburgers and hot dogs to classic pies and hot sandwiches. To wash your grub down, take your pick from a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including beers, ciders, wines, tea, coffee, and fizzy drinks.
Places to stay near Craven Cottage
If you’re making a stay of your visit to Craven Cottage, you’ve plenty of excellent accommodation options in the area.
Hotel ibis London Earl’s Court and Premier Inn London Putney Bridge are great options if you’re on a budget. Holiday Inn Express Earl’s Court is a good intermediate option, while Novotel London West is excellent for families. Meanwhile, for something more luxurious, consider The Egerton House Hotel. Little more than 10 minutes from Craven Cottage by road, you could stay in this central London spot with 10% off and with full English breakfast included thanks to SWR Rewards.
Fulham Craven Cottage Stadium accessibility
Match tickets for those with additional needs – such as access to wheelchair-friendly viewing areas – need to be booked by contacting the club ticket office either in person or by calling 0203 871 0810. You can also contact the office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team endeavor to respond within 24 hours.
Accessible toilets are located close to each wheelchair accessible viewing area. Assistance dogs are permitted inside the stadium, while audio commentary headsets can be requested in advance.