The impressive Twickenham stadium is the home of English rugby union. It houses a multimedia museum that uses touch-screens, video clips and film to chart the history and worldwide growth of the sport. Star exhibit must be the Calcutta Cup, the intricately engraved trophy made of silver rupees that England and Scotland have been competing for since 1879. Other exhibits include a programme from the 1924 Olympics, the last time rugby was featured in the Olympic Games. Incidentally, the USA took the gold medal that year, making them the reigning champions.
The tour of the stadium (75 mins) takes visitors behind the scenes to the England dressing rooms, the players' tunnel and many areas not normally seen by the public. On match days the museum is open to match ticket holders only and there are no stadium tours.
Please note: there are major works going on at the stadium this year in preparation for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Between May 13 and June 10, the World Ruby Museum will be closed or partly closed. Between May 28 and July 8 there no stadium tours will take place. Between July 9 and October 28 a limited tour route will run – this will not include access to the England Changing Room and tunnel area. During this time there will be a reduced entry fee – see the website for full details.