Address: Vicarage Road, Watford WD18 0ER
Telephone: 01923 496 000
Web Sites: www.watfordfc.com
What’s It Like?
Swans fans are in the Vicarage Road Stand behind the goal. There shouldn’t be any hassle with the locals; although there can be a heavy police presence around the ground and the town centre. Food available in the ground includes pies, pasties, sausage rolls, and hot dogs. There is plenty of leg room and normally a great atmosphere. Unfortunately, the concourses are very small and can get easily crowded. There’s a bookies in the concourse for those who fancy a flutter. For those fans with visual problems up to three headsets are available.
What’s Around Watford
Not the most awe-inspiring place to stop the night, but if you fancy it, it has plenty of ethnic restaurants, loads of pubs, a museum, art galleries and gardens and parks. The biggest tourist attraction nearby is the Warner Brothers Studio tour, which is one of the places the Harry Potter films were filmed.
There are a number of chain hotels in or near Watford, including Hilton, Mercure, Holiday Inn Express and Jurys Inn. A quick search will find independent hotels too.
Pubs and Grub
The ‘Oddfellows’ (WD18 0RD) is a 5 minute walk from the ground and has a BBQ in the beer garden. Most fans head for the Wetherspoons pub ‘Moon under Water’ (WD17 2BS) on the High Street, 10 minutes away. On this street, amongst others are Walkabout, Revolution, The One Crown, Bar Bordega, The One Bell, The Reflex, Baraka, and Kandi Klub. Alcohol is not sold in the stadium.
Parking & Train
There are private match day car parks available at some industrial units near the ground, as well as the Watford Grammar School for Girls (WD18 0AE), close to the stadium; charge is around £7 per car.
The ground is near the town centre, with a number of car parks in walking distance. The Church multi storey car park (4 hours for £2.70) is on the inner ring road, but can be busy to get out of after the game. The Harlequin multi-storey, costs the same but easier to get out after the game.
Watford High Street station is a 10 minute walk, but most trains come into Watford Junction, a 20 minute walk.
Either get a train to Watford High Street or leave the station & take main road straight opposite (Clarendon Road) all the way (over Ring Road at lights) up to the High Street. Turn left and go past the Moon under Water then take the first right after 100 yards into Market Street. Continue along again crossing Ring Road to T junction & then left at ‘Ebb-Tide’, (WD18 0PT) a recommended chip shop. Vicarage Road is the next right turn.
Watford has its own tube station, on the Metropolitan Line and is under a mile from Vicarage Road, but trains from London are normally quicker.
Trains from Swansea to Watford High Street leave at 07:28, 08:28, and 09:28, for the journey of just over 4 hours. Trains back are at 17:24 and 18:04 getting in at 21:43 and 22:45. Tube travel is needed between Paddington and Queens Park and vice versa.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!