Want to tackle Jonah Lomu?

4th February 2000 at 00:00
MCC Museum, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN. Tel: 020 7289 1611.

The tour of England's most famous cricket ground includes a visit to The Long Room (the plush, portrait-filled gallery from which club members watch the game), the indoor cricket school (complete with 100mph bowling machine) and the museum itself. Paintings and displays cover the development of cricket from rural pastime to international sport. Other museum attractions include the Ashes in their terracotta urn, video tapes of some of the great cricket performances and the stuffed sparrow "bowled out" by Jehangir Khan in 1936.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE. Tel: 020 8946 6131.

The tour takes in the No 1 Court, the BBC studio and a view of the Centre Court from the international box. Museum highlights include a display of changing women's tennis fashions ("a disgusting sight" was one 1930s press verdict on ladies' shorts), a Victorian parlour complete with sundry tennis relics and match footage galore in the film and video centre.

The Museum of ugby, Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, Middx TW1 1DZ. Tel: 020 8892 8877.

The museum celebrates the sport through programmes, trophies, pictures and paintings. Touch-screens offer facts on teams, tactics and the rules, and there is an audio-visual feast of rugby's greatest moments. Visitors can gauge their pushing power on a scrum machine and dream of bringing the house down by felling the mighty Jonah Lomu just inches from another score, and peer at the players' baths.

The FA Premier League Hall of Fame, The County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7P. Tel: 0870 848 8484.

Football fans who groaned at England's costly World Cup penalty misses can test their own spot-kick skills against a computerised goalkeeper. Tableaux and period film help replay historic moments such as the impromptu football match between British and German troops at Christmas 1914, "the Matthews final" of 1953 and England's 1966 World Cup victory. In the Hall of Fans, visitors can wonder at the gent from Dusseldorf who journeys every weekend to England to see ... Nottingham Forest.


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