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Published July 13th 2012
The game of cricket is up there on the list of quintessentially English things alongside tea and queueing, and there is no better place to either watch a game or take a tour than Lord's, the spiritual and actual home of cricket.
Rewind ten or so years and I will freely admit that I had no interest whatsoever in watching cricket as the thought of a game that could go on for five days and still end in a draw was a rather unappealing one. However, now that cricket has undergone a major overhaul it has become much more appealing to a greater audience. You now have twenty20 games, one day international and the traditional test matches.
You really have got something for everyone there whether you are a massive fan of the sport, or are just looking to lose your cricket virginity. What also makes the cricket interesting is the crowd. Often you will see groups of fancy dress appearing in the crowd, with Smurfs a popular choice. This fancy dress is made even more amusing by the slightly drunk individuals in the costumes, as drinking at cricket often starts quite early on in the morning! (Not condoning it by the way).
If you are more interested in the whole history of the sport then Lords is the best place to take a stadium tour. It's filled with facts and its knowledgeable tour guides will know the answer to almost anything you want to throw at them. It is also home to the MCC Museum. You can see the Ashes. This world famous urn contains the ashes of a pair of burnt bails from a test between Australia and England and it has been contested over ever since between the two nations.
As an unrelated bonus, the Olympic archery will be taking place at Lord's this summer. This means that there will be an archery exhibit in the museum as well as the event itself for anyone lucky enough to have secured tickets.
Tickets for the tour are £15 but the tours will not be running until the 10th August due to the archery.