Arsenal tube station

Category: Tube stations

Arsenal tube station, in Highbury, north London, is a London Underground station located near the Arsenal Stadium, the old home of Arsenal football club. It is on the Piccadilly Line, in Travelcard Zone 2, between Holloway Road and Finsbury Park tube stations.

Opened as Gillespie Road on 15 December 1906 the later arrival of the football stadium led to a successful campaign for a change of name, and on 31 October 1932 it was renamed Arsenal (Highbury Hill). Over time, the suffix was gradually dropped, however the original tiled walls of the platforms still bear the Gillespie Road name spelt out in large letters.

The station is located in a narrow Victorian residential street and when built the station building was squeezed incongruously between residential properties on each side, occupying the width of just two Victorian terraced houses. Even after the surface building was rebuilt in the early 1930s and widened (with a further house being demolished), Arsenal station has one of the narrowest frontages of any underground station.


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