There’s little doubt that Twickenham Stadium is one of the most famous (if not the most famous) rugby venues in the world.
The home ground for the English Rugby team, it has taken a special place in the hearts of all Englishmen, and witnessed some incredible home victories.
The Stadium itself is located to the North of the centre of Twickenham, approximately 10 minutes walk on a clear day, maybe 25 minutes on a match day! It’s also about 6 miles from Heathrow in case you’re flying in for a game.
The Stadium has undergone quite a bit of renovation/improvements over the last 5 years and although it’s essentially still a very large concrete building, there’s now a much more attractive frontage thanks to the Marriot Hotel, a stunning statue and the health club…. and the facilities are better inside.
You are not allowed to take alcohol into the venue, but there are plenty of places to buy it inside, and you can take it to your seats – unlike at Wembley where alcohol is not allowed in your seats. However be prepared to pay the normal premium for all food and drink.
Now the 4th largest rugby stadium in the world and also a very popular music venue, it was originally a cabbage patch bought by the Rugby Football Union for £5,500 at the start of the 20th Century. Although match days are infrequent, to the relief of many of the locals, you can still tour the Stadium when it is closed.
But the good news for the locals is that the RFU allocates 400 international match tickets and 1,000 discounted tickets for the concerts to nearby residents, selected by a ballot. The local Rugby Post magazine has full details of each offer.