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

 STADIUM MK (MILTON KEYNES)

Stadium MK

This has been the home of MK Dons FC since 2007 after Wimbledon FC controversially relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003.

Address Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Grafton Street, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST

Capacity 30,717

How to get there The stadium is approximately a 30-minute walk from Bletchley station or a free shuttle bus will operate from Milton Keynes Central, the city centre and the fanzone. Milton Keynes Theatre and Campbell Park will be the park-and-ride bases.

Fixtures

Thu 1 Oct France v Canada (8pm)

Sat 3 Oct Samoa v Japan (2.30pm)

Tue 6 Oct Fiji v Uruguay (8pm)

Fanzone

This will be open from 1-11 October at Campbell Park (capacity 5,000) and there are plans for festival-type activities as well as the usual big screens.

What to do

Are you a fan of The Imitation Game? Well, Bletchley Park is where all the World War Two codes were cracked. You can explore the heritage site for £16.75 (adults) or £10 (children).

Where to eat

If you want to indulge, Michelin-starred Paris House is a 15-minute drive from Milton Keynes and its tasting menus are impressive. In town, Prosecco offers authentic Italian cuisine.

Where to drink

The Red Lion (11 Lock View Lane) is out of town but has a good beer selection and is located in a picturesque setting next to a canal. MK Social serves its own craft beer while The Hub in the centre of town is home to several bars too.

ST JAMES’ PARK (NEWCASTLE)

St James' Park

Built on the site of the city’s execution gallows, the stadium has been the home of Newcastle United FC since 1892.

Address St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST

Capacity 52,409

How to get there Newcastle Central station is a 15-minute walk from the ground, while Haymarket, Monument and St James are also close by on the Metro system. If driving, it’s best to park at Callerton Parkway, Heworth or Northumberland Park Metro stations, or Newcastle Falcons’ ground, and then take the Metro into the city centre.

Fixtures

Sat 3 Oct South Africa v Scotland (4.45pm)

Fri 9 Oct New Zealand v Tonga (8pm)

Sat 10 Oct Samoa v Scotland (2.30pm)

Fanzone

With space for 10,000 fans, Science Central, an urban regeneration project just ten minutes’ walk from the station and stadium, is sure to have a great atmosphere.

What to do

With free entry, an interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall and a replica skeleton of a T-rex, there’s a lot to like about the Great North Museum. Perfect if you want to gen up on your history.

Where to eat

Dabbawal dishes up a flavoursome selection of Indian street food, Fat Hippo offers filling burgers at two locations while Bierrex cooks meats on a wood-smoked BBQ to serve alongside its large range of beer.

Where to drink

Set up by two German brothers, Stein Bierkeller has more than 27 beers and a live Oompah band every night. Recently named Tyneside’s Real Ale Pub of the Year by CAMRA, The Bodega is a more traditional option – and it shows live sport.

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