TWICKENHAM STADIUM ULTIMATE GUIDE
Tue - Frid: 11:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM
Sun: 12:00PM and 2:00PM
Sat: 10:30AM, 12PM, 1:30PM and 3:00PM
Time Needed: 1,5 hours
Twickenham Stadium is more than just a place to watch a rugby match. It’s one of the most famous rugby tourist attractions in the world, the largest rugby union venue on the planet, and, most importantly, the official home of England rugby.
Not only do 82,000 spectators head to the stadium to watch a riveting rugby match on match days, now rugby fans can take a tour around the stadium, visit the World Rugby Museum, shop at the Rugby Store, and even watch some of the biggest names in music perform a live music concert inside the stadium as well.
The origins of Twickenham Stadium can be dated all the way back to 1907, when the land was purchased by the RFU for just over £5,500; and in 1909 the first rugby match was held at the stadium.
In 1996 The Museum of Rugby was officially opened to the public; (although it was later renamed the World Rugby Museum in 2007), and the museum alone attracts over 25,000 visitors each year.
On match days, Twickenham Stadium comes to life as thousands of rugby fans head to the stadium to watch an exciting game of rugby. But besides watching a rugby match at one of the most famous rugby stadiums in the world, visitors can now embark on a tour around the stadium, and even visit the World Rugby Museum as well.
The World Rugby Museum, which is located in the East Stand of Twickenham Stadium, houses over 25,000 rugby-related objects as well as various galleries and exhibitions, and shouldn’t be missed by any hardcore rugby fan.
Visitors venturing on a Twickenham Stadium tour can get a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at some of the many areas of the stadium (including the Players’ Tunnel and the Royal Box), and even drink in the stunning views of the arena from the top of the stand before strolling down the pitchside. Visitors can also take a quick visit to the England dressing room to hear about the strange (yet hilarious) pre-match rituals on match days.
During the tour, visitors can also browse past the stadium’s collections of sculptures and paintings, and learn more about the various concerts held at the stadium throughout its history.
If you are travelling to London just to watch a rugby match, it may save you a lot of time and money to stay at the nearby Marriot hotel, which is four-minute walk away from the stadium. In doing so, you can park free of charge on non-event days in the West car park.
Make sure you get a selfie next to the giant statue on Rugby Road!
Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7BA, United Kingdom (See map).
If you are travelling by train, the nearest station to Twickenham Stadium is Twickenham, which is a 13-minute walk away. Once exiting the station turn right, then continue walking down Whitton Road.
If you are travelling by tube, the nearest stations to the stadium are Hounslow East (a 34-minute walk away), and Richmond (a 43-minute walk away)
If you are travelling by bus, you can reach the stadium via routes 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20. You can also take bus routes R68, R70, 33, 110, 290, H22 and 490 to Twickenham's town centre, which is a ten to 15 minute walk away from the stadium.
During match or event days, there is a free RFU shuttle service available from Richmond station and Hounslow East station to the stadium.
Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is led by a professional guide. Please note that visiting the England dressing room, the Royal Box and other VIP areas is not allowed during match days. It is highly recommended that you book your tickets for the Stadium Tour beforehand, as there is limited availability for each tour.
All visitors who previously booked a tour must check-in at the South Stand Rugby Store, while all larger group bookings must check-in at the Museum reception desk in the East Stand. It is highly recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before tour departure time.
Each Stadium Tour finishes at the World Rugby Museum so visitors can walk around view all the artefacts at their own pace. However, if you would like to visit the museum prior to the tour starting time, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to walk between the store and the museum before the tour departs.
Be aware that parking near the stadium is for resident permit holders only, but there is an off-site car park located on Rosebine Avenue next to the Twickenham Stop (which is about a ten-minute walk from the stadium).
Parking at the stadium is free of charge on non-match days, however on event days in the South and West Stands, visitors are asked to park in the main car park, while visitors attending other events in the North and East Stands should park in the north car park, all of which are located within the stadium grounds.
Tickets for the Stadium Tour (which includes entry into The World Rugby Museum) cost:
Entry in the World Rugby Museum costs:
Children under the ages of five can enter for free, however, an insurance disclaimer must be signed by an adult guardian beforehand.
Tours of the Twickenham Stadium are on:
The World Rugby Museum is open from:
The museum is closed on Mondays, as well as on Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and any Sunday after a match day.
Last entry into the museum is at 4:30 p.m.