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


Leicester City

The home of Leicester City FC first opened in 2002 has also hosted several Leicester Tigers games.

Address Leicester City Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL

Capacity 32,312

How to get there The stadium is approximately a 20-minute walk from Leicester station and there is a free shuttle bus from the city centre as well as the fanzone. Park-and-ride will operate from Birstall Park and Leicester Racecourse.


Sun 4 Oct Argentina v Tonga (2.30pm)

Mon 6 Oct Canada v Romania (4.45pm)

Sun 11 Oct Argentina v Namibia (noon)


The fanzone at Victoria Park – a 15-minute walk from the station and with room for 5,000 – will be open from 3-11 October with live matches on the big screen and plenty of entertainment.

What to do

With a host of interactive exhibits, from the UK’s largest domed planetarium to the 42m high rocket tower, the National Space Centre has something to keep everyone entertained. A visit costs £13 for adults and £11 for children.

Where to eat

If you want somewhere with a rugby link, pop to Timo – an Italian set up by Martin Castrogiovanni and Geordan Murphy. The Boot Room is regularly listed in the Michelin Guide and Paddy’s Marten Inn is a good tip if you fancy Indian food – Jamie Oliver visited for one of his TV shows.

Where to drink

The Bricklayers Arms (78 Welford Road) reopened earlier this year after refurbishment while The Old Horse has a range of ales, a beer garden and even the odd barn owl! If you want something a little different, Apres Lounge is styled on an après ski bar.


Manchester City

The venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games is now home of Manchester City FC and has recently been expanded.

Address Manchester City Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester M11 3FF

Capacity 60,000

How to get there The stadium is approximately a 40-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station or a shuttle bus (£2 each way) will run regularly from Piccadilly Gardens. The Metrolink tram is another option, with Etihad Campus the closest stop. If you’re driving, use the park-and-ride sites at Ashton West and Ashton Moss, then take the tram.


Sat 10 Oct England v Uruguay (8pm)


There may only be one game in Manchester, but the fanzone at Albert Square – not that one! – is open for the whole weekend, 9-11 October. It’s a 15-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly.

What to do

Get the adrenalin going with a visit to Trafford Quays Leisure Village. There you can ‘fly’ – well, give indoor skydiving a go (airkix.com) – and ski on the indoor slope (chillfactore.com). There’s even a driving range if you fancy something more sedate.

Where to eat

Rio Ferdinand owns Rosso, an Italian restaurant with a varied menu – and you don’t need a footballer’s salary to dine there. The burgers, burritos and tacos at Luck Lust Liquor & Burn are the perfect accompaniment to a few beers.

Where to drink

Marble Arch, serving beers from the microbrewery of the same name, is a listed building and its tiled walls make it stand out. Sinclair’s Oyster Bar (2 Cathedral Approach) has a huge beer garden and Port St Beerhouse has a pint to suit all tastes.

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