Guide to Griffin Park

Coming to Griffin Park as an away fan? Or a would-be home fan, checking out the ground for our last ever season at Griffin Park? Here’s everything you need to know.

Our beautiful stadium has been hosting Brentford matches since 1904, but the 2019-20 season will be her last. She has seen highs and lows, and many will have warmed up and/or warmed down in one of the local area’s pubs, of which there are plenty (we at BIAS recognise that pubs are the biggest local attraction to many a supporter). Chiswick brewery, Fullers, rules the roost in the area but there are some free houses too. Griffin Park is renowned for being the only ground in the country with a pub on all four corners. Many Bees, and a fair few away supporters will have done the ‘four corners’ crawl incorporating The Griffin, The New Inn, The Princess Royal, and The Brook (formerly called The Royal Oak).

A very short walk away you will find the Black Dog and the Royal Horseguardsman. A short walk can take you to the Globe and the Lord Nelson just north of the A4/M4. Nearby in the other direction, on or just off Brentford High Street, there is the Watermans Arms, Brewery Tap, Beehive, The Weir, Magpie & Crown, Six Bells, and Northumberland Arms.

Supporters getting the train to Brentford have the Kings Arms next to the station. Or one stop away at Kew Bridge (where our new stadium will be located) there is the Express Tavern and One Over The Ait, with O’Riordans en route towards Griffin Park. Not far from Kew Bridge there are yet more pubs on Kew Green or along the river at Strand-On-The-Green (a nice option on a warm sunny day). Gunnersbury station (District line and London Overground) is also handy for this area. Supporters walking down from South Ealing station (Piccadilly line) have the Ealing Park Tavern on their walk down.

So there is plenty of choice, it’s fair to say. But, of course, drink responsibly!

Whilst Griffin Park is the cultural centre of the Universe (well, of Brentford, at least…) there are a few other places to visit if you’re so inclined. The Musical Museum, London Museum of Water & Steam, and the Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens to you & me) may all tickle your fancy. Or a stroll around one of the area’s parks (Gunnersbury, Boston Manor, Osterley, Syon) may float your boat

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.

Getting to Griffin Park

Road

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.

Parking

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).

Rail

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.

Underground

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.

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

Please note that the E2 may go on diversion in the event of parking being an issue on Windmill Road for approximately one hour before and after the match via A4 Great West Road returning to line of route Half Acre both ways. SC and SD bus stops may be closed.

About the ground

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: Braemar Road Stand and the New Road Stand

The fourth stand is the Ealing Road Stand. Behind the goal it’s all terraced and even has a roof these days!

What else is there to do in Brentford?

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.

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