How to get to Villa Park Stadium
It’s not recommended to drive to Villa Park, as parking is for permit holders only. Instead, it’s easy to get to the stadium on public transport. The closest train stations for Villa Park are Aston station and Witton stations, which are just under 1 mile and 500 metres from the stadium respectively.
Trains from Birmingham New Street station to either station take around 10 minutes, making getting to Aston Villa’s stadium easy no matter where you’re travelling from. Just hop on a train to Villa Park once you arrive at Birmingham New Street, and you’re just a short walk away from the stadium when you alight at either Witton or Aston.
There are also several bus routes serving Villa Park, including the 7, 11A and 11C which all stop at Witton Square.
What to do at Villa Park Stadium
Villa Park is the home of Premier League club Aston Villa, and plays host to the club’s home games as well as matches played by other teams. The stadium has hosted 55 FA Cup semi-finals, which is more than any other stadium.
As well as football, Villa Park has also hosted other sports including rugby, and it’s been the site of many music concerts over the years. Artists who’ve played at Villa Park include Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart.
About Villa Park Stadium
Villa Park has a capacity of 42,749, and there are currently plans to expand the grounds which will increase the capacity to 50,000. The stadium, formerly known as Aston Lower Grounds, has been the home of Aston Villa since 1897. The club previously played at Wellington Road, which had poor facilities and an uneven pitch, necessitating the move to the current grounds which stand on the former grounds of Aston Hall, a Jacobean stately home. The current pitch used to be an ornamental pond, which was drained in 1889, and the stadium has been redeveloped numerous times over the years to modernise the grounds and increase spectator capacity.