The Hawthorns (capacity 26,850)
The Hawthorns has been home to West Bromwich Albion since 1900, and at an altitude of 551 feet, is the highest ground in England. The stadium completed its transition to a modern stadium in 2001 when the old Rainbow Stand was demolished and replaced by a new East Stand, making the stadium completely enclosed and all seated.
The relatively new East Stand is a modern single tiered stand, while on the other side, the Halfords Lane Stand is much smaller. Another interesting feature of the stadium is the Jeff Astle Memorial Gates, which can be found outside the East Stand and Birmingham Road End, erected in tribute to the club’s legendary striker.
Away fans visiting The Hawthorns are located on one side of the Smethwick End, nearest the East Stand, with a typical allocation of around 3,000.
There are multiple options for parking near The Hawthorns, with a large number of private car parks as well as a good amount of options for street parking.
We’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near to The Hawthorns for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|East Stand Car Park||B71 4LF||£5||0.1km||This is the official car park located at The Hawthorns, and accommodates 350 cars on match day.|
|Gill House Car Park||B21 0AF||£7||0.1km||This car park is located on Birmingham Road and offers one of the most convenient options for parking. It’s less than 5 minutes walk from The Hawthorns and can accommodate up to 60 cars, so make sure to get there early.|
|ICS Distribution Ltd Car Park||B66 1BU||£5||0.6km||The entry to this car park can be found opposite the Hawthorns Rail and Metro Station Car Park, just before you cross the raiway bridge. It’s less than a 10 minute walk from the stadium.|
|Hawthorns Rail and Metro Station Car Park||B66 2HB||£5||0.5km||This car park is less than 10 minutes’ walk to The Hawthorns and is a popular place to park, with over 170 spaces available.|
|Park Lane Car Park||B21 8LE||£4||0.5km||There are a couple of options within the same area for car parking, and each accommodate around 200 cars. It’s just a 10 minute walk to the stadium from here.|
|Gordon Motor Services||B66 1BG||£5||1.4km||Gordon Motor Services offers matchday parking, and is around a 15 minute walk to The Hawthorns.|
|West Midlands Fire Service Training Centre||B66 1BG||£3||1.4km||Around a 15 minute walk to The Hawthorns, the West Midlands Fire Service offers matchday parking and gives the proceeds to charity.|
The Hawthorns station is the closest to the stadium of the same name, and operates an over ground service as well as a Metro service. It can be reached from Birmingham New Street by taking a train to Smethwick Galton Bridge and changing there for the onward train, which overall will take around 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a Metro from directly outside Birmingham New Street Station, directly into Hawthorns Station, which will take around 10-15 minutes. If you are using a Metro, you’ll have to purchase a separate ticket, as rail tickets are not valid on this service.
For those not coming into Birmingham New Street, the Hawthorns Station is also served by direct trains from Birmingham Snow Hill, which also runs a metro service, and Birmingham Moor Street.
To walk from the Hawthorns Station, take a left out of the exit until you reach Halfords Lane, where you take a right turn. As you walk up Halfords Lane, you’ll see The Hawthorns stadium approaching on your right.
Find train times and book your tickets for the best available prices by clicking through to the trainline website below:
There are a number of away friendly pubs near The Hawthorns, 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 The Hawthorns.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to West Brom, 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 West Brom’s The Hawthorns 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 West Brom 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!