Having been established in 1882, it’s fair to say that Edgbaston – home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club – has been the venue for some historic moments, including Brian Lara’s knock of 501*, the highest score by a batsman in first-class cricket.
It has been a venue at four previous ICC Cricket World Cups, and was a semi-final location in the 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions. It will host five games at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, including one semi-final and the high-profile meeting of England and India.
Cricket fans will remember Edgbaston’s 1999 World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa as arguably the greatest ever ODI. Allan Donald and Lance Klusener were the men at the crease that day, with a mix-up in the middle when the scores were level meaning Australia progressed to the World Cup final.
To find out more about the accessible facilities and services at Edgbaston, check out the CWC19 Access Guide here.
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
The following information will help you plan your travel to Edgbaston and offer transport tips to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.
Plan your journey to and from Edgbaston and purchase your tickets in advance where possible.
Allow enough time for your journey, the surrounding area can get extremely busy near the start of the match.
To download the Travel Guide for Edgbaston click here. This can be used on your phone/tablet or printed for use before and during your match day.
Birmingham New Street Station is the main rail hub for the City of Birmingham and can be accessed from all over the country. There are regular trains to Manchester and London with a journey time of less than 90 minutes.
It is recommended to book your tickets in advance, for more information about train times and how to book please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
The 501 shuttle service operates from Smallbrook Queensway opposite TK Maxx and close to the Bullring. This service is convenient for people travelling via New Street or Moor Street stations or from the city centre in general. The service starts at 08:30 and runs directly to the Stadium. After the match the service runs continuously and drops off on Station Street outside New Street Station. This return service costs £5 for adults and £3.50 for children and can be booked in advance here.
The walking route between Birmingham New Street Station and the venue is straightforward with wayfinding signs being installed for the Cricket World Cup. Please ask a World Cup Cricketeer for more information.
Please note there is an extensive event day controlled parking zone in place on match days. The streets immediately around the venue are for permit holders only. Cars parked without the correct permits may be ticketed or removed.
If you must drive, there are a few parking options at Edgbaston. Please consider which direction you are travelling from when booking your parking and please note that part of Edgbaston Road is closed before and after the match.
The car parks are listed below and will be signposted as you reach the area. Please follow signs to the coloured car park you have booked.
• Orange - Nature Centre (Postcode B5 7RL)– closest to the stadium (0.6 miles, 5-minute walk) and the most popular. This parking will sell out very quickly.
• Red – Zoo Drive (Postcode B29 7ES) – in Cannon Hill Park. Approximately 0.7 miles; 10-minute walk – best if you are coming from the south.
• Purple – Priory School (Postcode B15 2US) – a little further away (0.9 miles, 15-minute walk). A good location if coming from the south and west.
• Blue – Calthorpe Park (Postcode B5 7PH) – around a 5-minute walk to the stadium – best if you are coming from the M6 direction.
• Pink – Moseley Ashfield cricket Ground (Post Code B13 8NQ) – around a 10/ 15 (0.9 miles) minute walk. Best if you are travelling from London or the southeast via M40.
To book parking go to www.edgbaston.com/tickets or call 0844 8471902.
There are regular local buses to the ground from south-west Birmingham and the city centre. National Express buses 45 and 47 have services between the city centre and Pershore Road which is a 2-minute walk to the ground. More information on local buses can be found at: www.networkwestmidlands.com
DROP OFF & PICK UP / TAXI, PRIVATE HIRE, UBER
Please arrange to be picked up away from the venue. It will be quicker for you and will help traffic flow around the venue allowing everyone to get away quicker.
WALK / CYCLE
Get your steps up and take the signed walking route from the city centre to the venue. The route covers Hurst Street, Sherlock Street and Pershore Road and takes just over half an hour at a good pace.
If you are local to the area, walking and cycling are great ways to get to the venue and beat the traffic on the way back. The city centre is a straightforward walk away with wayfinding signs to make it as easy as possible.
There are cycling routes within the area and a limited number of bike racks close to the venue.
THINGS TO DO IN BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham is the largest regional city in the United Kingdom with a population of over one million. It’s also one of the youngest cities in Europe with almost 40% of its population being under 25 years of age. Situated in Central England, 90% of the UK is within four hours of Birmingham.
Once famous as a 'City of a Thousand Trades', Birmingham was a world leader in the production of pens, buckles, buttons, jewellery and guns. It is also the home of a number of international food and beverage companies. Other big cities are green with envy when you mention Brum's six million trees, and more than 8,000 acres of parks and open space, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK and Europe, as well as having more miles of canals than Venice.
Famous Brummies include; UB40, Black Sabbath, The Editors, Jamelia, Lord of the Rings author J. R. R Tolkien, actress Julie Walters, actor David Harewood, comedians Frank Skinner, Lenny Henry, Meera Syal, Jasper Carrott , athlete Denise Lewis, chef Glyn Purnell, as well as famous cricketers Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Dennis Amis, Frank Foster and Eric Hollies.
Birmingham has a proud track record as a city of sport. We have hosted more European and World sporting championships than any other city in the UK. The city also hosts over 50 festivals each year, including the Moseley Folk Festival, Flat Pack film festival, Fierce Art Festival and the massive Birmingham International Jazz Festival.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has a full, dedicated security team working on plans for a safe and secure tournament for all participants and spectators.
We are working with police in all our host cites and the national security services to ensure the security provided at the tournament is of the highest order, while existing security staff at all CWC19 host venues are receiving additional training in the build-up to the tournament.
There will be enhanced security plans at all our host venues with visible security measures taking place, as well as other non-visible measures happening throughout the tournament, inside and outside the stadium.