Guide to Griffin Park
Coming to Griffin Park as an away fan? Or a would-be home fan, checking out the ground for the first time? Here’s everything you need to know. Help us keep this guide up to date.
Address and key facts
Brentford is a suburb to the West of London, located roughly in a triangle between Chiswick, Hounslow and Ealing. Brentford is the only professional football club in the Borough of Hounslow and the closest professional football club to Heathrow Airport. Griffin Park is right under the Heathrow flightpath.
Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, it is close to where the North Circular (A406) and South Circular Roads (A205) meet, and the beginning of the M4 motorway.
Legend has it that football was invented in Brentford when Julius Ceasar kicked the skull of an Ancient Briton across the Thames.
From the West and the M25
- Exit the M25 at Junction 15 (signposted, M4 Heathrow, Terminals 1, 2 and 3 London (W) onto the M4 Eastbound.
- At junction 3, take the A312 exit to Harrow/Hayes/Hounslow and at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto The Parkway/A312
- After 1.2 miles at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Bath Rd/A4
- Continue to follow A4 and go through 1 roundabout
- After 4.5 miles at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Ealing Rd/B455 which runs passed Griffin Park which is the third turning on the right.
From South London
- take the South Circular Road (A205) to Kew Bridge.
- Over Kew Bridge to the Kew Bridge Junction. Here turn left (s/p Hounslow, Brentford A315) into Kew Bridge Road.
- At lights after 0.5 miles turn right (by McDonalds) into Ealing Road which runs past Griffin Park.
- The ground is on Braemar Road, the second turning on your left.
Like most football grounds that are located inside towns, there is no parking at the actual ground. Car parking is currently in the surrounding streets. You are advised to park a bit further away from the ground and to walk a little bit.
If you have a Sat Nav, program ‘Brentford Station’ as your destination. There is pay parking at the nearby Brentford Health Centre – this is situated opposite Brentford Railway Station in Boston Manor Road. Somerset Road which leads to one of the best parking areas, is also near by.
(The nearby Brentford Girls also has parking, but this is for permit holders only).
Brentford is served by South West Trains with trains to London Waterloo/Vauxhall or Weybridge and Reading in the other direction. Services to Waterloo normally take around 30 minutes. Services to Reading (via Feltham) normally take around 1hr 10minutes.
The ground is approximately 10 minutes from the railway station:
- Out of the station, turn left.
- Take first main left turn into Windmill Road, and first right (s/p Methodist Church) into Clifden Road (Brentford Library is on the corner of Clifden Road)
- The Stadium is directly ahead of you.
The closest tube stops are
- Gunnersbury (served by the District Line and London Overground trains on the North London Line). From here you can get the 237 or 267 bus from outside the station;
- South Ealing (Piccadilly Line). From here cross the road and take the 65 bus.
- Boston Manor (Piccadilly Line). From here cross the road and take either the E8 or 195 bus.
- 65: Ealing Broadway to Richmond / Kingston
- 195: Hayes to Brentford
- 235: Brentford to Sunbury
- 237: White City / Shepherds Bush to Hounslow
- 267: Twickenham to Hammersmith
- E2: Brentford to Greenford
- E8: Brentford to Ealing Broadway
Visiting supporters are housed in the Brook Road Stand (affectionately known to Bees fans as ‘The Wendy House’) behind one of the goals.
This stand, which used to be the home end – was erected in the 1980s. It has seating on the top tier and terrace below. The good news is that the seating offers some of the best views in Griffin Park; the bad news is that the terrace probably has some of the worst (particularly if you are stuck towards the back of the stand). This stand can house 1,885 visiting supporters (1,285 terrace; 600 seating).
The two sides are both all seated areas for home supporters only: the Bees United Stand (also known as the Braemar Road Stand) and the Bill Axbey Stand (named in memory of the Club’s oldest supporter – also known as the New Road Stand).
The fourth stand is, we are proud to say, the BIAS Stand. Behind the goal at the Ealing Road end of the ground, it’s all terraced and even has a roof these days!
There is a difference of £2 for tickets purchased before 4pm on the day prior to the match.
Matchday prices below (followed by advance ticket prices)
- Bees United Stand £24 (£22). Seniors £18 (£16); Student £16 (£14); Juniors £5 (n/a)
- Bill Axbey Stand £23 (£21). Seniors £17 (£15); Student £15 (£13); Juniors £5 (n/a).
The Bill Axbey Stand also has a Family Section, where tickets can be purchased for £40 (£35 in advance. This is for two adults and two juniors. Another Family Ticket option is 1 Adult and 2 Juniors for £35 (£30 in advance). Full details of the Family Area are below. Tickets in the Family Area are subject to availability in the affected areas.
- BIAS Terrace £22 (£20). Seniors £15 (£14); Student £14 (£12); Juniors £5 (n/a)
- Brook Road Stand (visiting supporters only). Seating £23 (£21). Terrace £22 (£20).
Concessions, seating: Seniors £17 (£15); Student £15 (£13); Juniors £5 (n/a).
Concessions, terrace: Seniors £15 (£14); Student £14 (£12); Juniors £5 (n/a)
Cash only is accepted at the turnstiles. You can pay by debit or credit cards at the Ticket Office (American Express not accepted).
The ticket offices are situated in Braemar Road.
For advance bookings, call 0845 3456 442 (option 4), or book online.
More information on concession tickets
Juniors must be aged under 18 years. Junior ticket holders will be expected to carry identification proving their age and produce it when requested.
Students will be entitled to admission at the concessionary rate as long as they are in full-time education and produce a valid NUS/NUS Associate Card or a valid photo Oyster Card. No other card is acceptable.
Seniors are classified as 60 years and over.
Unemployed supporters will be admitted on a match-by-match basis at the Concessionary rate on proof of a valid Jobseekers Allowance booklet (ES40) and photographic ID. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the day of the game.
These supporters will need to contact the Club on 0845 3456 442 in advance of the game to make their arrangements. Supporters with physical disabilities will pay the standard ticket prices according to their age; their escorts are admitted free. Important: tickets must be purchased in advance.
In support of Tickets for Troops, Brentford Football Club offer the opportunity for all active military personnel to gain admission to Brentford home games at the concessionary rate of £15 for adults. These concessionary tickets must be purchased IN ADVANCE and are only available on production of identification.
The Family Area is located within the Bill Axbey Stand, blocks G, H, and J.
Tickets for this area can be purchased in advance priced at £35 and admits 2 Adults and 2 Juniors. On match days tickets go up by £5 to £40 for Adults and 2 Juniors. There are also family tickets available for 1 Adult and 2 Juniors priced at £35 on match (£30 in advance). Family Tickets are only available from the Braemar Road ticket office on a match day, not the turnstiles. These are available for all home League One fixtures, subject to availability.
For the 2013/14 season Brentford introduced a new membership scheme. Full details of the scheme are available on the Brentford website.
In essence, however, the scheme is designed to reward loyalty, with supporters who purchase tickets in advance for home and away fixtures being awarded points. The points value for each game will vary and the allocation for each game will be announced in advance on the Brentford FC web site.
Season Ticket holders are automatically awarded 300 points. Later in the 2013/14 season, points will be awarded for the purchase of catering and merchandising direct from Brentford.
The points accrued through the membership scheme will come into play when it comes to allocation for all Ticket matches. The more points you have earned, the higher will be your eligibility for tickets.
Club membership costs £10 per year for adults and all club members will also get a £1 discount for league matches at Griffin Park.
Brentford has a history that sociologists might describe as ‘an industrial working class area’ and as a result has a high density of pubs. Like everywhere else in the course there are fewer pubs nowadays but it is still fairly apparent that Brentford can be a drinker’s paradise. The fact that Griffin Park has a pub on every corner of the ground (The Griffin, The New Inn, The Royal Oak and The Princess Royal) is part of footballing folklore. However, the pubs in Brentford are not just restricted to the Griffin Park area – Fullers is the beer of choice in Brentford (in fact the Griffin emblem of the Fullers brewery gives the stadium its name) and the Fullers Brewery is only three miles up the road in Chiswick.
For others seeking somewhat more salubrious activities there are a number of other local landmarks in the area:
- The world famous Kew Gardens is on the opposite bank of the River Thames, and can be accessed via Kew Bridge. A 65 bus connects Brentford to Kew Gardens
- Other local landmarks within easy reach are Hogarth House in Chiswick (the home of William Hogarth, the 17th Century painter and social critic
- There are a number of mansion come-(minor)-stately homes in the area: there is Chiswick House, Syon House and the National Trust property at Osterley Park.
- Closer to home in Brentford itself there is the Kew Bridge Steam Museum and the Musical Museum both of which are open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am.
- Also worth a visit in Brentford is the nearby Brentford Dock on the Grand Union Canal
- and of course, there is the River Thames.
Why don’t you come down earlier or stay a little longer? There are lots of hotels in Brentford if you do want to extend your stay.
BIAS would appreciate the help of fellow supporters to improve this guide – please get in touch if you have any suggestions.