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Football enthusiasts coming to Bilbao will have the chance to visit the San Mamés ‘Cathedral’ before or after a tour of the Guggenheim and Fine Arts Museums. They will learn about the club’s history, which began over a hundred years ago.

Athletic Club is more than a football club as much as San Mamés is more than just a stadium. The museum is well worth a visit. It showcases the history and character of the club in a fun, informative experience.

Discover the past and present of 'The Cathedral' in a 3D film, view the original plan view by architect Manuel María Smith and the huge collection of pictures of legendary Athletic Club players, shirts, trophies and other items.

The Athletic Club Museum features interactive media, which children will certainly love as they are so familiar with the technology. The result is an experience in learning while having fun.

Travel back in time to the past of Athletic Club and come back to the present. Along the way, you will visit the pitch, the dressing rooms and the very special President’s Box.

Athletic Club philosophy

Off the stadium, you can be in contact with the daily life of football players by watching an open-door training session in Lezama. After training, the Athletic Club footballers will sign autographs and say hello to football fans. Your children will be really excited to shake hands with their sports idols. Check out training times on the Club’s website and social media.

Also, the Athletic Club Foundation carries out a summer camp in Lezama in June and July for children aged 6 to 14. The young would-be football players in your family will have the chance to improve their football as well as their language – Basque and English – skills as part of a fun educational experience. The foundation promotes teamwork and solidarity among the youth. Talks are delivered by pros and experts, and Athletic Club players pay frequent visits to the camp.

Routes

San Mamés, or ‘The Cathedral’, as it is usually called, gives you and your family the chance to enjoy a great experience. After visiting the museum, you will embark on a 45-minute tour of the recently built stadium.

Come to the home of ‘the lions’ after visiting the Athletic Club Museum in a 45-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour of the stadium

The San Mamés tour takes you to the pitch, a silent witness to the club’s eventful history; the press room, where journalists cover the games; as well as the dressing rooms, where the team celebrate wins and swallow defeats.

Last but not least, you'll enjoy visiting the President’s Box, for the Club’s President, board members and players. Club members can enter a draw for a seat to watch a game from here – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

The visit to the museum and the tour of San Mamés take 45 minutes each. For the tour, make an advance booking and try to arrive 45 minutes early.

How to get there

The San Mamés Stadium has good access to public transport. It stands next to the Termibus bus terminal, Metro Bilbao underground and Renfe Cercanías commuter trains. Check timetables at the websites below:
 
  • Metro underground

    Metro Bilbao

  • Bus

    Bizkaibus

  • Car

    If you are coming by car, you can park in the green and blue controlled parking zones (OTA). Bear in mind that on matchdays, the traffic can get congested and you will experience difficulties finding a parking space.

Gastronomy

Where to eat

Following your tour of the San Mamés Stadium, you can continue your Athletic Club experience at the restaurant located on gate 14 in ‘The Cathedral’. The San Mamés restaurant offers special menus for kids or groups.

In La Campa de los Ingleses tavern, at gate 26, you can have a coffee or a zurito (small glass of beer). They also offer a menu of the day with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Around San Mamés you can go for pintxo-pote (bar-hopping for snacks and drinks). Licenciado Poza Street is considered a must-stop after the game. It gets crowded and lively on matchdays. Come here to experience the Athletic Club culture first-hand.

More information and reservations:
San Mamés restaurant
Phone number: +34 946 412 432
La Campa de los Ingleses tavern
Phone number: +34 946 412 431

Accommodation

Where to sleep

San Mamés stands in central Bilbao, next to the Ensanche. Close to the stadium are hostels with budget beds and great ambience, especially for young visitors.

More traditional hotels are to be found in Gran Vía and Abandoibarra. Whichever your preference, finding a room in Bilbao is easy, either among budget options or at a pricey hotel.

  • Learn about hours and prices beforehand for a most enjoyable experience. Bear in mind that hours may vary on matchdays. The museum offers information in Basque, Spanish and English.

    San Mamés Stadium (gates 19-20)
    Rafael Moreno ‘Pichichi’ (no number). 48013 Bilbao, Bizkaia
    Phone number: +34 944 661 100
    Email address: museoa@athletic-club.eus

    • Timetable

      March to October
      Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am to 8:00pm

      November to February
      Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am to 7:00pm

    • Price

      Adults: €10 (€14 with San Mamés tour)
      Children ages 6-14: €3 (€5 with San Mamés tour)
      Children ages 0-5: Free admission
      Members and Athletic Club Foundation card holders: €4 (€6 with San Mamés tour)
      Members and Athletic Club Foundation card holders ages 14 and under: Free admission

    • Location

      San Mamés (Bilbao)
      Lezama

  • Inside the stadium, between gates 0 and 26, is a store where you can buy the official outfit, accessories and gifts that will make great souvenirs of your visit to San Mamés.