Alexandra Palace Guide: PDC World Darts Championship
Alexandra Palace is the iconic venue for the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship, which gets underway on 13th December, through to the final on 1st January. Opened way back in 1875, it has undergone a number of renovations, the latest of which took place in 2017.
“Ally Pally” was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2013 and is also a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1. If you are heading to the venue throughout the World Darts Championship, Bet UK have put together a guide containing everything you’ll need to know.
When Is The PDC World Darts Championship?
The PDC World Darts Championship will get underway on the 13th December 2018 and run through until 1st January 2019. There will be rest days on 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December.
How To Get To The Alexandra Palace
The address for Alexandra Palace is:
Alexandra Palace Way
Travelling By Car
The good news is that it is free to park at Alexandra Palace but we advise that you get there relatively early as it is on a first come, first served basis. During a huge event such as the PDC World Darts Championship, spaces are likely to fill very quickly. Therefore, unless you know that you’ll be leaving extremely early, it may be best to look for public transport options so that you are not left disappointed and forced to park somewhere else.
If you are arriving by car, all major roads will have signposts for Alexandra Palace which you can follow. The venue is the following distance away from these roads:
1 mile from the North Circular Road (A406)
5 miles from the M1 (Junction 2)
8 miles from the M25 (Junction 25)
Travelling By Train
There is a special train station named Alexandra Palace Station. You can get a train directly by Moorgate or you can get on from Kings Cross and then change at Finsbury Park.
The venue itself is a short distance away from the station, roughly a 15-minute walk at a relatively fast pace.
Travelling By London Underground
If you are looking to reach Alexandra Palace via the London Underground, the closest stations are Finsbury Park on the Victoria line and Wood Green on the Piccadilly line.
When travelling back to central London late, be aware of the latest train times from Wood Green:
Monday to Thursday: 00:09
Friday to Saturday: Night tube runs all night
The best way to get from either of these tube stations to the venue is via the W3 bus, which runs every 5-8 minutes from Monday to Friday, every 6-10 minutes on Saturday and every 9-12 minutes on Sunday.
Travelling By Bus
The W3 is the easiest option if you are travelling by bus, but you can also reach Alexandra Palace via the 184 towards Turnpike Lane Station. You can get the 184 every 7-11 minutes from Monday to Friday, every 6-10 minutes on Saturday and every 10-12 minutes on Sunday.
Hotels Near Alexandra Palace
There are a number of Hotels close to Alexandra Palace with a range of different prices and quality available. If you are looking for a cheaper option, the National Hotel is only 0.7 miles from the venue and should be cheap enough to book. There are also parking facilities on site.
Other options within a close distance of Ally Pally include; Forest House Hotel, Beaconsfield Hotel, Linton Apartments and Bay Tree House B&B.
Pubs Near Alexandra Palace
Some excellent pubs are nearby to Ally Pally. Victoria Stakes sits at the bottom of Alexandra Palace Way and should be full of fellow darts goers just before a session is due to start.
Another good option is The Goose, which has a friendly atmosphere and cheap enough drinks. You will be able to watch other sport here too, so if you are a football fan you should be able to find a match being broadcast to go along with your drinks.
The Phoenix Bar & Kitchen is on location at Alexandra Palace itself and features an outdoor area too.
Things To Do Close To Alexandra Palace
If you’re feeling adventurous before the darts gets underway, you can head to Go Ape for a climbing experience, but be prepared to work up a sweat.
Food may be more your thing, and if so the Spice Monkey Cookery School is an option just 0.4 miles away from Ally Pally. You can learn how to make some top Indian dishes from experts who are on hand to show you the ropes.
Looking to explore? Then the Secret London Walking Tour may be the one for you. You will need to pre-book this but many reviews suggest it is well worth it. You will get a guided tour of some of the most interesting parts of London, a city that has more history than any other.
Whatever you decide to do, Ally Pally should provide you with a fantastic all-round experience.
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