AWAY DAYS: Arsenal travel information

14th October

Arsenal v Swansea City
Saturday, October 15 (3pm kick-off)
Address: Emirates Stadium, Highbury House, London, N5 1BU
Telephone: 0207 619 5003

What's it like? Swans fans are in the lower tier of the south-east corner. Away fans are very close to the home fans, which makes a good atmosphere. The stadium oozes quality - it looks and feels as though there has been no expense spared.
The concourse is not that spacious, but has a good choice of food on offer, including fish & chips, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, meat or vegetarian pies, and slices of pizza. There are plenty of TVs on the concourse plus a bookmaker. Alcohol is served.

Pubs and grub - The Drayton Arms (N5 1ND) is the traditional away fans' pub and is located near Arsenal tube station and Drayton Park railway station. The pub overlooks the stadium and is just a stroll away. Get there really early as it gets very busy on matchdays. The Twelve Pins (N4 2DE) is near Finsbury Park tube station. Home and away fans mix in there and it's a 10-minute walk from the ground. The Blackstock (N4 2DL) opposite The Twelve Pins also welcomes away fans and has a big screen showing Sky Sports. There's also the White Lion of Mortimer (N4 3PX), a Wetherspoons which is a five-minute walk from Finsbury Park Tube Station on Stroud Green Road.
For pie fans, on Gillespie Road between Arsenal Tube Station and the Emirates, is Piebury Corner. It's in someone's front garden, but the range of pies at £3.50-£5 are excellent.

Parking - There's not much parking at the stadium or nearby with residents-only parking around the stadium. It's not worth trying to find street parking as traffic wardens are on site on match days. It is best to park near a tube station such as Cockfosters and tube to the ground. Cockfosters is best for fans coming from north - it's four miles south of the M25. It has its own car park but is full by over two hours before kick off. It can be difficult to exit after the game, with most drivers crossing the main road to go north.

By train/tube - Nearest tube station is Holloway Road (Piccadilly line), but it's closed on matchdays, as it has lifts, not escalators; fans should head for Arsenal tube station - it's only a few minutes' walk to the stadium. Leaving the station, turn right and follow Drayton Park Road to the left, take one of the large bridges over the railway line to the stadium. Other tube stations that can be walked are Finsbury Park (Piccadilly line) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria line).
Overland trains to Finsbury Park Railway Station are from London Kings Cross. It's a 10-15-minute walk to the stadium.
After the game, loads of tube stations are shut due to overcrowding so it may be a long walk to find one open. Sometimes the police recommend taking the train into Kings Cross to get to central London. After the game you're better off walking to Finsbury Park than waiting in the long queues at Arsenal tube.
To get to Finsbury Park, walk past Arsenal tube station on your left and take a left into St Thomas's Road. The station is at the end of the road.
There are plenty of trains to Paddington for the four-hour journey from Swansea (the extra hour is due to maintenance work), leaving at 6.58am, 7.58am, 8.43am and 9.53am. Trains back to Swansea from Paddington after the game are at 6.05pm, 7.05pm and 8.05pm.

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