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

KINGSHOLM (GLOUCESTER)

Kingsholm

The home of Gloucester RFC was first built in 1891 and a century later hosted the New Zealand-USA game at that year’s World Cup.

Address Kingsholm Stadium, Kingsholm Road, Gloucester GL1 3AX

Capacity 16,500

How to get there It’s a ten-minute walk from Gloucester station to the stadium while park-and-ride services will run from Hempstead Meadows, Mill Road and Waterwells. Walking or cycling from the city centre is also a viable option.

Fixtures

Sat 19 Sept Tonga v Georgia (noon)

Wed 23 Sept Scotland v Japan (2.30pm)

Fri 25 Sept Argentina v Georgia (4.45pm)

Sun 11 Oct USA v Japan (8pm)

Fanzone

A short walk from the train station and city centre, Gloucester Docks will host 5,000 in their fanzone. The plan is to transform a car park into a ‘stadium’ with a pitch, seating, food stalls, bar and big screens.

What to do

Gloucester’s beautiful cathedral is only a short walk from the ground and is well worth a visit, if only to admire the building’s stained glass windows and intricate detailing. Entry is free, although donations are welcome.

Where to eat

If you’re driving, it’s well worth stopping at Gloucester Services off the M5 – with homemade pies and a farmshop, this is a service station with a difference. In town, Lily’s is a picturesque spot that’s perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea pre- or post-game.

Where to drink

The obvious choice for a pre-game pint is Teague’s Bar (48 Kingsholm Road) – it’s opposite the ground and owned by former England and Lions player Mike Teague. The Cider Tree at the Coach & Horses has a country pub feel and is five minutes away.

ELLAND ROAD (LEEDS)

Elland Road

The home of Leeds United FC is the 12th largest football stadium in England.

Address Elland Road Stadium, Elland Road, Leeds LS11 0ES

Capacity 37,914

How to get there The stadium is two miles from Leeds station and shuttle buses (£3 return) will run frequently from nearby Sovereign Street on match days. Woodhouse Moor is the base for the park-and-ride service.

Fixtures

Sat 26 Sept Italy v Canada (2.30pm)

Sun 27 Sept Scotland v USA (2.30pm)

Fanzone

Up to 5,000 fans can head to the Millennium Square in the city centre to watch games on the big screen and enjoy entertainment. It’s a ten-minute walk from Leeds station.

What to do

Like golf? Enjoy a beer? Leeds’ Golf Bar is the destination for you. Their realistic simulators allow you to play a round at St Andrews or Pebble Beach, amongst others, while also having a drink and watching live sport. It’s £40 for an hour and eight people can play on a simulator at one time.

Where to eat

A short walk from Leeds station, Bundobust combines Indian street food and an extensive beer selection so is the perfect pre- or post-game pit stop. The Greedy Pig (58 North Street) has all manner of pork treats by day and on Friday nights the café turns into an upmarket supper club. Head to Friends of Ham for charcuterie and cheese.

Where to drink

The Adelphi has a range of 17 draught beers and ciders as well as new guest ales each week. The oldest pub in Leeds, Whitelock’s, has a large beer garden and with free WiFi you can keep track of all the match results.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Page 2
  3. 3. Page 3
  4. 4. Page 4
  5. 5. Page 5
  6. 6. Page 6
Page 4 of 6 - Show Full List