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.
Twickenham Stadium Highlights
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!