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


Brighton Comm Stadium

Opened in July 2011, the stadium replaced the Goldstone Ground as Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s home.

Address Brighton Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL

Capacity 30,750

How to get there The stadium is next to Falmer station, which is a ten-minute journey from Brighton station. Park-and-ride services will be situated at Brighton Racecourse, Mill Road and Mithras House at the University of Brighton. Catching a bus from the city centre is another option while a shuttle bus will run from the fanzone on Brighton Beach to the stadium too.


Sat 19 Sept South Africa v Japan (4.45pm)

Sun 20 Sept Samoa v USA (noon)


There’s room for 10,000 people at Madeira Drive so expect plenty of fun on the beach – as well as big-screen action – from 18-20 September.

What to do

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… Head to Brighton Pier to try out old-school rides like the dodgems and waltzers. For a more sedate experience, a spin on the Brighton Wheel (£8 adults, £6.50 children) provides great views.

Where to eat

Burger Brothers cook their huge and highly-praised range of burger options to order. For traditional fish ‘n’ chips head to Bardsley’s on Baker Street – it’s been going since 1926. Or for something a little different try Bom-Bane’s.

Where to drink

The unique ship shape of Fortune of War (157 Kings Road) stands out on the seafront and the pub has been around since 1882 so has plenty of history. Real ale lovers should head to The Basketmakers.



Wales’ national stadium was built for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and it’s the world’s second largest sports venue with a retractable roof!

Address Millennium Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS

Capacity 74,154

How to get there The stadium is within a five-minute walk from Cardiff Central station while there are plenty of local bus services too. Park-and-ride is available from Cardiff East (Pentwyn) and Cardiff West (Leckwith) while a free shuttle bus will operate from Cardiff Airport to the stadium for the France v Ireland match.


Sat 19 Sept Ireland v Canada (2.30pm)

Sun 20 Sept Wales v Uruguay (2.30pm)

Wed 23 Sept Australia v Fiji (4.45pm)

Thu 1 Oct Wales v Fiji (4.45pm)

Fri 2 Oct New Zealand v Georgia (8pm)

Sun 11 Oct France v Ireland (4.45pm)

Sat 17 Oct Quarter-final 2: Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D (8pm)

Sun 18 Oct Quarter-final 3: Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C (1pm)


The Fanzone in Cardiff couldn’t be handier for matches. It’s right next to the Millennium Stadium at the Arms Park, home of Cardiff Blues.

What to do

Get your culture fix in the city centre by taking a tour of the castle. Its history dates back 2,000 years and there is plenty to see and do, from walking up the Norman Keep to exploring wartime shelters. £12 for adults, £9 for children.

Where to eat

Lilo’s Grill House (72-74 City Road) comes recommended by Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau, Custom House is worth the trip out of town while there’s a wide selection of restaurants on The Hayes.

Where to drink

Ten Feet Tall is good post-match option, with cocktails and DJs split over three floors. Westgate Street has several craft beer pubs while The Lansdowne was named CAMRA’s Cardiff Pub of the Year in 2014.

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