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

VILLA PARK (BIRMINGHAM)

Thriller in the Villa: Fans will be hoping for an exciting contest when South Africa take on Samoa at Villa Park

The home of Aston Villa FC since 1897 has also hosted athletics, cycling, boxing and rugby events in the past.

Address Villa Park, Trinity Road, Birmingham BE6 6HE

Capacity 42,785

How to get there The stadium is within a 15-minute walk from both Aston and Witton stations, which can be easily reached from Birmingham New Street. A park-and-ride service will operate from Perry Park/Perry Hall Park (leave the M6 at Junction 7). A number of bus services operate to the ground from around Birmingham.

Fixtures

Sat 26 Sept South Africa v Samoa (4.45pm)

Sun 27 Sept Australia v Uruguay (noon)

Fanzone

Eastside Park is a ten-minute walk from Birmingham New Street station and the fanzone can hold 8,000.

What to do

It might not be the best idea for your waistline but a trip to Cadbury World is a must for chocolate lovers and their friends! Admission is £16.25 for adults and £11.95 for children – and tickets should be prebooked.

Where to eat

Try ‘Brummie Tapas’ at Purnell’s or enjoy live music while dining at The Jam House. If you fancy a curry while you’re in the Midlands, head to the Balti Triangle area.

Where to drink

The Church in the Jewellery Quarter is a real gem – a 100-year-old pub with a cracking ‘soul food’ menu. The Old Joint Stock is another historic venue, which has a great range of beers.

SANDY PARK (EXETER)

Chief priority: Exeter's Sandy Park is one of two club rugby grounds hosting RWC fixtures

The home of Exeter Chiefs opened in 2006 and plans are in place to develop the ground and double the capacity over the next few years.

Address Sandy Park Stadium, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN

Capacity 12,300

How to get there The stadium is around a ten-minute walk from both Digby & Sowton and Newcourt stations, with regular trains running from Exeter St Davids station. It’s a 45-minute bus ride from the city centre while the park-and-ride service operates from the Westpoint Showground (near Junction 30 of the M5).

Fixtures

Tue 29 Sept Tonga v Namibia (4.45pm)

Wed 7 Oct Namibia v Georgia (8pm)

Sun 11 Oct Italy v Romania (2.30pm)

Fanzone

Northernhay Gardens, located close to Exeter Central station, can accommodate 5,000 fans and will be open for nearly two weeks.

What to do

Want to get a bit of exercise in the midst of the World Cup excitement? Then hire a bike, kayak or canoe (sadpad.com) to explore the Exe Estuary or Ship Canal. You can even cycle from the city centre to the sea!

Where to eat

If you want to treat yourself dine at famed chef Michael Caines’s restaurant. There’s a classic menu at Harry’s while Urban Burger uses local ingredients and they have an eating challenge if you dare!

Where to drink

The Jack in the Green serves beer from the South-West’s Otter Brewery and also has an impressive food menu. The Blue Ball is close to the stadium while there’s a great selection of ales and ciders at the Old Firehouse.

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