Everything you need to know about the 13 stadiums hosting matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and what to do in the area – London, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Exeter, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Brighton and Gloucester
The home of English rugby staged its first game in 1909 and also hosted the 1991 Rugby World Cup final.
Address Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, Twickenham TW2 7BA
How to get there The stadium is a 15-minute walk from Twickenham station or 30 minutes from Richmond. A free shuttle bus will operate between Hounslow Central station and the stadium before and after matches. The Richmond shuttle bus will only operate before games, while there will be a shuttle bus going directly to London Waterloo post-match. The park-and-ride services will run from Kempton Racecourse and Hounslow Civic Centre. It’s also worth noting that the A316 will be closed for several hours on match days.
Fri 18 Sept England v Fiji (8pm)
Sat 19 Sept France v Italy (8pm)
Sat 26 Sept England v Wales (8pm)
Sat 3 Oct England v Australia (8pm)
Sat 10 Oct Australia v Wales (4.45pm)
Sat 17 Oct Quarter-final 1: Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A (4pm)
Sun 18 Oct Quarter-final 4: Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B (4pm)
Sat 24 Oct Semi-final 1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 (4pm)
Sun 25 Oct Semi-final 2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 (4pm)
Sat 31 Oct Final (4pm)
The home of English football opened in 2007 having been rebuilt and hosted a record-breaking crowd (84,068) for a club rugby game when Saracens played Harlequins in March.
Address Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HA9 0WS
How to get there Wembley Park station, a ten-minute walk from the stadium, is served by the Jubilee and Metropolitan Underground lines. The Bakerloo line stops at Wembley Central, which is a 15-minute walk to the stadium and is also on the mainline rail network. There is also a train from Marylebone to Wembley Stadium station, which is five minutes away.
Sun 20 Sept New Zealand v Argentina (4.45pm)
Sun 27 Sept Ireland v Romania (4.45pm)
OLYMPIC STADIUM (LONDON)
The venue for the memorable 2012 London Olympics will become West Ham FC’s new home in 2016.
Address Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20 2ST
How to get there Stratford, which is served by the Central and Jubilee Underground lines, the DLR and London Overground, and Stratford International are the closest stations, both around a 20-minute walk to the stadium. Mainline train services run from London St Pancras and Liverpool Street stations.
Wed 23 Sept France v Romania (8pm)
Thu 24 Sept New Zealand v Namibia (8pm)
Sun 4 Oct Ireland v Italy (4.45pm)
Wed 7 Oct South Africa v USA (4.45pm)
Fri 30 Oct Third-place play-off (8pm)
London has four fanzones during the World Cup. Wembley Park will host 15,000 match ticket-holders for each of Wembley’s two games while organisers will be hoping to recreate the spirit of London 2012 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the fanzone open for 20 days and with space for 10,000. In Richmond, Old Deer Park will host a 10,000-capacity fanzone while Trafalgar Square’s fanzone, which can hold 5,000 people, will open for the semi-finals onwards.
What to do
From the Tower of London to the Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral to the London Eye, there are myriad attractions – and that’s before you consider museums and galleries! Check out visitlondon.com for a host of information on all there is to see and do as well as special offers.
Where to eat
Foodies are spoilt for choice in the capital so here are a few of RW’s particular favourites in central London. Dishoom brings Bombay café culture to London, Flat Iron does a great steak, Barrafina is the place for tapas and Riding House Café serves up a good brunch. Pizza lovers should try Franco Manca for its sourdough selection – there’s one near Clapham Junction if you’re off to Twickenham – and Borough Market, near London Bridge, is a great way to while away an afternoon sampling all manner of tasty delights.
Where to drink
The Cabbage Patch is Twickenham’s iconic rugby pub while Stokes & Moncreiff is part-owned by former England lock Simon Shaw. Richmond is also a good option for a pre-game pint before heading to Twickenham.
For games at the Olympic Park, Tap East has a selection of more than 100 bottled beers from around the world as well as a good draught range, while heavy metal fans should visit the birthplace of Iron Maiden – the Cart & Horses! Near Wembley, the Green Man has a large beer garden.
PARK & RIDE
Many of the World Cup venues will be operating park-and-ride and park-and-walk services to ease traffic congestion around the stadiums, but there are limited spaces and they should be booked in advance. Head to rugbyworldcup.com/travel for all the details on how to book and the costs.