The impressive Twickenham stadium is home to the English rugby union and 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 new 'Play Rugby' fitness zone with hands-on activities for children, the only original jersey from rugby's first ever international game in 1871 and 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.
NB: Until November, the tours will be running on a limited route as work is undertaken in the stadium to ready things for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, so the changing rooms and tunnel area will be out of bounds.