Twickenham Stadium

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See behind the scenes at the home of English rugby

The world’s largest rugby union venue, Twickenham Stadium is officially the Home of England Rugby. Games may be played in stadia elsewhere around the country from time to time, but Twickers is to egg-chasing what Wembley is to footie.

The Rugby Football Union bought a cabbage patch in this corner of south-west London in 1907 to build a stadium and held the inaugural match two years later (Harlequins 14, Richmond 10). When the stadium first opened its capacity was 20,000. Today it’s 82,000.

The Twickenham Stadium tour includes a visit to the royal box, the players’ tunnel, a view of the arena from the highest point in the stand, and a pitchside walk. As you stand in the England dressing room, the guide talks you through the typical pre-match preparations before every international game.

The tour ticket also includes a visit to the World Rugby Museum in the east stand of Twickenham Stadium. Here you can see thousands of objects charting the history of and achievements in rugby from its early years to its international profile today. There’s everything from cups to caps, and you can relive great rugby moments on the interactive screens.

There are limited spaces on each tour, so advance booking is recommended. You should also check the website to make sure your visit doesn’t clash with a major event, as the tours are not held on or around match days and when there are concerts planned. However, on these days the museum is usually open for match or event ticketholders.

By: Laura Lee Davies

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Venue name: Twickenham Stadium
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Address: Whitton Rd
Twickenham
london
TW2 7BA
Opening hours: Tue–Sat and bank holidays 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–5pm. Closed on and around major event days, also Jan 1 and Dec 24–26
Transport: Rail: Twickenham
Price: Museum and stadium tour £20, £15 concs., £12 under-16s, free under-fours, family £50. Museum only £8, £7 concs, £6 under-16s, free under-fours, family £25
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Kritt N
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Quite simply one of the greatest stadiums in the world. Here's why


Capable of hosting more than 81,000 spectators, Twickenham is absolutely huge, a cavernous arena without a roof, and creating a heart-thumping, edge-of-seats spectacle.  It absolutely towers over you as you approach the stadium, and with that many people, the atmosphere is electrifying both inside and outside as kick-off approaches.


The best time to go is of course when England plays. It's often a full-house and the sound of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' is something to behold.


It’s also worth noting (and this is often overlooked) how very different the crowd at Rugby is so much different (for the better in my opinion) to that of Football. There is a greater sense of friendly camaraderie, not only between the home fans, but also the away fans. I saw England and Italy fans and happily chat and mingle before kick-off in a recent Six Nations game. What’s more, you can actually bring your pint to your seat, unlike the football.


Service for beers is also very fast and efficient wich is very impressive given how many people there are to serve.


What would be annoying is if the heavens open up. Wherever you sit, if you look up, it would appear as if you’re covered but really, given the sheer size of the stadium, rain will somehow make it way down to you. This is my only gripe


There’s a small shop to purchase England merchandise and shirts (obvs) and there is a behind-the-scenes stadium tour as well that guides visitors from the pre-match preparation, the changing rooms, to an international game. The museum is also open to visitors and you can see everything cups to caps and you can learn more via the interactive screens. Best to check if there is an event taking place on the days you intend to visit as the museum is often closed then.


Twickers may lack the sleek and modern architecture of other major sporting stadiums in London like Wembley and the Emirates, but there is no doubt that this venerable home of English Rugby is one of the most iconic and best-loved stadiums in the world.


Linsey DB
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They call Twickenham the home of rugby. I would recommend everyone to go there once in their life to see a proper rugby game! The atmosphere is absolutely great, the stadium is breath-taking and it doesn't really matter on which row you are seated, the view is great overall. Afterwards there was a small, but joyful concert. The whole experience is just amazing! 

Noel
Staff Writer

The home of rugby and one of the best stadiums in the world for any international sport. Having been many times to watch England play here, there is no doubt that Twickenham is the place to experience a live rugby match. Yes the crowd makes it, but the facilities of the stadium and surrounding area nail it. Easy transport, great facilities, multiple bars etc. Since the World Cup in 2015 they have changed the set up so more space for fans to enjoy the pre and post match camaraderie. If you intend to visit a sports stadium then make it Twickenham. There are plenty of matches outside of England games to enjoy. 

NatalieO
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We were at twickenham this weekend for the annual army vs navy rugby game! It's such a fantastic stadium for these events! Really easy to get to from the train station!!

Paula - ToT
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The atmosphere in Twickenham is electric, no more so than when England are playing.When everyone joins in to sing (whether it be the National Anthem or Swing Low Sweet Chariot), there is a real sense of camaraderie that I haven’t felt in any other sporting arena.The Stadium has great facilities and is extremely apt at dealing with big crowds whether it be with quick service at the bar, helping people get to their seats or removing troublemakers.The Stadium also operates a returnable cup system which works well and limits rubbish.