With the Rugby World Cup 2015 almost upon us, London is gearing up for five weeks of pure adrenalin-fuelled excitement. And there’s no place more ready than Twickenham Stadium: the spiritual home of the game itself. Twickenham will host several matches as well as the electrifying final game and no doubt plenty of rugby fans will be making pilgrimages to this hallowed field.
Twickenham is located in far west London, near Heathrow Airport. Of the many discount hotels London offers, plenty of them will be within easy reach of the stadium – but get in quick! This is a prime location for rugby fans during the 2015 World Cup and hotel rooms are being snapped up fast.
The stadium also houses a rugby museum, where devoted fans can see memorabilia, records and experience the history of the “beautiful game”. Discover the stories behind some of rugby’s most famous and memorable moments, its star players from around the world, and the greatest matches ever played. The high-tech museum also includes a Play Rugby Zone where you can test your skills at kicking, strength and speed, as well as a sparkling display case of trophies and plenty of video footage of spectacular tries and tackles.
The most dedicated of fans can plump for a guided tour of Twickenham Stadium, where you can go behind the scenes to see the brand new dressing room for the England squad and then peek inside the Royal Box high up in the stands where VIPs watch the game in comfort with plenty of bubbly on hand. Groups of more than 15 qualify for a 10% discount on the tour – handy! For a great discount you can go to the montcalm luxury hotels
Adult tickets for the rugby museum at Twickenham are £8, child tickets cost £6 and concession tickets for students or old-age pensioners are £7. Family tickets are available for groups of up to 2 adults and 3 concessions or children. Like the rest of the World Cup, it’s a very reasonable price to experience world-class rugby – this is already being talked about as the most affordable Rugby World Cup in history. Tours begin at the Rugby Store, located at the south-west corner of the stadium.
Twickenham Stadium is easily reached by train to Twickenham Station and then a short walk, or by catching the 281 bus. If you plan to be spending much time at Twickenham Stadium it’s a good idea to book accommodation as hotels near twickenham station, since travelling from central London will take about an hour and you’ll have to deal with large crowds of your fellow rugby fans. Much easier to find a hotel within walking distance and skip the drama –then head back the next day to do it all again! As a bonus, you won’t have far to travel from Heathrow Airport when you arrive, so you’ll save time and money on that journey too. West London is full of interesting neighbourhoods and beautiful parks including Kew Gardens and the wilderness of Richmond Park – you won’t be missing anything by skipping the bustle of central London. Long live rugby!