Vicarage Road (capacity 21,577)
Vicarage Road is one of the smallest stadiums in the Premier League with a capacity of just under 22,000. It has been home to Watford since 1922, and is one of the older stadiums in the division. The most recent development was the opening of the Sir Elton John Stand in 2014/15, with the lyrics to his hit ‘Your Song’ embossed across the back wall.
The only two tiered stand in Vicarage Road is the Graham Taylor Stand, which has an interesting design feature of a number of semi circular arches which are built into the roof. The other three stands are single tier stands and are currently not joined any corner seating.
Away fans visiting Vicarage Road are located in one side of the Vicarage Road Stand, nearest the Sir Elton John Stand, with a typical allocation of around 2,200.
There’s no parking available for fans at Vicarage Road and street parking is restricted for residents with permits. Watford town centre has a number of car parks, all of which are around a ten minute walk from the stadium.
Alternatively, we’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near to Vicarage Road for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|Field Junior School||WD18 0AZ||£10||0.9km|
Parking is available to pre-book online at Field Junior School. The car park is located just a 7 minute walk to the Stadium.
This is an Official car park run in partnership with Watford FC and revenue is shared with the school.
Car Parking is available for £10 and pre-booking is highly recommended – www.watfordfcparking.co.uk
|Chater Junior School||WD18 0WN||£5||1.0km||Based on Addiscombe Road, this is a manned car park and is just a 10 minute walk to the stadium.|
|Watford Grammar School for Girls||WD18 0AE||£12||0.8km||The car park at Watford Grammar School is a very popular choice for away fans as it is just a 5 minute walk from Vicarage Road, and is manned on matchdays.|
|Church Car Park||WD18 0BU||£4||1.1km||Church Car Park is right next to Watford High Street and can hold over 600 cars.|
|Gade Car Park||WD17 1NA||£4||1.4km||Based on Beechen Grove, this car park has over 600 spaces and charges £4 for an all day stay. It’ll take around 10 minutes to walk to the stadium from here.|
|The Avenue Car Park||WD17 4NR||£2.40||2.1km||This car park is located on Hempstead Road and has just over 100 spaces. It’ll be around a 10 minute walk to Vicarage Road from here.|
|Cassiobury Park Avenue||WD18 7LG||Free||2.1km||This council run car park offers 88 spaces so it fills up early on matchdays. The stadium is about a 10 minute walk from here.|
|Fishers Industrial Estate||WD18 0FE||Free||1.3km||Based off Wiggenhall Road, this industrial estate may provide a cheaper alternative for parking on matchday. Vicarage Road is around a 10 minute walk from here.|
Even though the closest railway station to Vicarage Road is Watford High Street, away fans are much more likely to arrive into Watford Junction railway station, which will take you around 20 minutes to walk. When you exit the station, get onto Clarendon Road which is directly opposite, and follow this all the way down over the ring road at the lights, leading to the High Street. Take a left and you’ll walk past the Moon Under Water Weatherspoons pub on your right. After around 100m, take your next right on to Market Street. At the end of Market Street turn left on to Merton Road, turning right and crossing the ring road, and another right on to Vicarage Road. You’ll see the stadium approaching on your left.
There is also the option of taking the London Underground to Watford Station, which is then around a 20 minute walk. Exit the station on to Cassiobury Park Avenue, then take a right on to Shepherd’s Road. Follow this all the way down and at the end, take a left on to Rickmansworth Road. After a short distance, take the first right on to Harwoods Road. Again, follow this all the way down, and then take a left on to Vicarage Road where you’ll see the stadium appear on the right hand side.
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There are a number of away friendly pubs near Vicarage Road, all of which cater to different needs. Please note, however, that some bars require club colours to be covered and some do not allow children.
However, rather than take our word for it, we want to give you the view from other away fans who have visited Vicarage Road.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to Watford, and you’ll be able to find them here.
In the meantime, we’ve included a map below with all the best away pubs highlighted for you.
See what other away fans think of Watford’s Vicarage Road in our ‘Away Day Reviews’.
If you’ve already been, then you can share your experience with us by writing your own review.
See how Watford perform in our away day rankings, where away fans rate the pie, pint, cuppa and away day overall.
Check out our photo gallery where you can view other away fans’ photos. You can also share your own experience by uploading your own!