Craven Cottage London

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Craven Cottage London
Craven Cottage,
SW6 6HH London

Venue information

Craven Cottage has been the home of Fulham Football Club since 1896.

The stadium is located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, bounded by the River Thames to the west and Stevenage and Bishops Parks to the north and south respectively.

The Club played at various grounds in west London before finally settling on Craven Cottage.

Early Days

In the early days the ground had only one stand (known as the Rabbit Hutch) which held around 1,000 spectators. In 1905 the Club engaged the services of Scottish engineer Archibald Leitch and he created terracing and the now famous main stand and corner pavilion, both of which are Grade II listed by English Heritage.

There was limited change at the ground in the decades that followed, although a record crowd of 49,335 was created in 1938.

The Club undertook various improvements in the 1960s and 1970s, including errecting floodlights and building the Riverside Stand.

Temporary Ground Share

At the end of the 2001/02 season the Whites played what they thought would be their last league game at the Cottage, as it was recognised. Preparing to play the following season at Loftus Road, the team were expecting to return to a brand new stadium a year later. However, opposition to the proposal obstructed the process and spiraling construction and legal costs resulted in the Club eventually abandoning the new stadium project.

Returning to the Cottage

Instead, in December 2003, plans were unveiled for £8million worth of major refurbishment work at the existing Craven Cottage to bring it in line with Premier League requirements. With planning permission granted, work began in earnest in January 2004 in order to meet the deadline of the new season. The team played its first game in the new-look 22,000 all-seater stadium in a pre-season friendly against Watford on July 10, 2004.

Incremental works has enabled the capacity to increase to its current level of 25,700.

Future Plans

The Club now regularly sells out its matches and has gained approval to redevelop the Riverside Stand. The new design will bring the capacity of Craven Cottage up to 30,000 and bring landmark improvements for both the Club and the local community. A major benefit of the project is the creation of a public riverside walkway, nearly 200m long, which will form an important part of the Thames Path.

Enhanced stadium facilities, floodlighting and an iconic design will ensure that Craven Cottage continues to provide a top class venue for many years to come.

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Address: Craven Cottage
Craven Cottage, SW6 6HH London
Public transport


Putney Bridge (Zone 2) Distance from Craven Cottage: 0.7 miles District Line

The closest station to Craven Cottage, Putney Bridge is approximately a 10 – 20 min walk from the stadium.

Exit the station and walk through the underpass into Bishops Park. Follow the path through Bishops Park, along the river until you reach the stadium.

Mainline stations to Putney Bridge

Paddington - Direct Train - 19 min
Victoria - Direct Train or 1 change - 20 min
Kings Cross - 1 change - 32 min
Euston - 1 or 2 changes - 35 min
Liverpool Street - 1 or 2 changes - 40 min


Hammersmith (Zone 2) Distance from Craven Cottage: 1.4 miles

Hammersmith & City Line / Circle Line Piccadilly Line / District Line

Craven Cottage is also within reach of Hammersmith station, which is approximately a 20 – 40 min walk north-west of the stadium.

There are two Underground stations, one serving the Hammersmith & City & Circle Lines and the other serving the Piccadilly Line and the District Line.


Fulham Broadway (Zone 2) Distance From Craven Cottage: 1.3 miles District Line

In spite of its name, Fulham Broadway is not the closest Underground station to Craven Cottage.

It is approximately a 20 – 40 min walk from the stadium. Where possible, supporters seeking to board District Line services should use Putney Bridge station.

Even Parson’s Green station (also on the District Line) is marginally closer to the stadium than Fulham Broadway.


Putney Railway Station (Zone 2&3) Distance from Craven Cottage: 1.2 miles

South West Trains

The closest mainline railway station to Craven Cottage is Putney, located on Putney High Street, south of the River Thames.

The station is 17 – 35 min walk from the stadium, passing many shops, bars and ATM machines en route.

The station can be easily reached by train from other railway hubs, including Clapham Junction (5 min) and Waterloo (13 min).


From Kingston-upon-Thames bus station - Take either the number 85 or C4 bus to Putney Bridge. The ground is approximately 10 - 15 min walk from Putney Bridge.

From Hammersmith - Catch the following bus which run down Fulham Palace Road: 220.

From Putney - Catch either the 74, 424 or the 220 to Fulham Palace Road.

For further details call the London Transport Line on 0843 322 1234

Accessible Transport

The nearest tube stations with step free access from the platform to the exit are Hammersmith (Hammersmith & City Line) and Wimbledon.

For more information, please call Transport for London on 0843 322 1234 or textphone 020 7918 3500.

By road
Travelling By Car/Parking Information

Parking around Craven Cottage is extremely limited and access to the surrounding streets on a matchday is restricted by a Traffic Management Order.

There is a one-hour maximum stay policy for non-residential pay and display visitors between 9am and 9.30pm on all Monday to Sunday matchdays, including Bank Holidays.

On non-matchdays the controlled hours will remain as Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. For more information please visit the Hammersmith and Fulham Parking page.

Where is the Club car park located?

There is no car parking provision at the stadium or in the immediate surrounding area.

Complimentary car parking is available upon request to both home and visiting disabled supporters. As spaces are limited, match-by-match parking can only be reserved on a first come first served basis from 7 days before the date of the fixture by contacting the Club's Disability Liason Officer.

An accessible shuttle bus service takes supporters between the car park and stadium, both before and after the match. This trip takes no more than 5 minutes, although there may be a short wait at full-time.

No official Club car parking spaces can be arranged on the day of a game.

The names of all disabled supporters who have been allocated a space for each game are given in advance to the Car Park Steward, who is located at the main entrance on Kingwood Road.

The full address of the car park location is:

Fulham College Boys' School
Kingwood Road


Please contact the venue directly for disabled access information: 0843 208 1222