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Travelling to the Six Nations at Twickenham

Two games with a lot of history between the sides. Everything will be on the line at Twickenham.

When is it?

England v Ireland, Sunday 23 February 2020. Kick-off at 15:00: Ireland must be feeling like they have something to prove, having been served a record-breaking 57-15 defeat at the hands of England during the World Cup warm-ups. Considering Ireland and England are arguably two of the top sides in the six nations, this one is not to be missed.

England v Wales, Saturday 07 March 2020. Kick-off at 16:45: One of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in this competition, England and Wales will face off during the penultimate round of the 2020 Six Nations Championship. The two sides have already played two World Cup warm-up matches, with each team winning a game apiece. In 2019, Wales gave the performance of their lives to keep England from achieving their Grand Slam bid so it’s fair to expect the Red Roses will be aching for revenge.

How to get there

Twickenham Stadium will host 82,000 excited rugby fans for each of England’s two home games. The best way to get to Twickenham stadium is by train, considering the station is only a twelve minute walk away. And if you travel with a group of 3 to 9 people you can get a 34% discount on your tickets with GroupSave.

You could also drive to Wokingham or Ascot and take the train from there down to Twickenham, as these locations have larger car parks close to the station. Bracknell is also a great option to leave your car for the day, with all-day slots available for as little as £4. You can check parking prices at our stations here.

The town tends to get really busy during games so bus routes are often re-configured for crowd control. Bus stops might be changed around as well so make sure you check in advance. The most reliable option would be to use the trains as your primary mode of transport.

To manage the crowd more effectively, Twickenham station is being refurbished to include a host of benefits including a considerably larger ticket hall, step-free access to every platform and an enhanced queuing system.

If you do happen to drive in directly to the stadium, keep in mind you must pre-book for a parking space. You can purchase a spot from the official site here.

How to avoid the crowd

  • Allow extra time for your journey and getting through security.
  • Take a train into Twickenham. The A316 will be really busy before and after the match and the stadium is only a twelve-minute walk from the station.
  • Try to get through the security checks well in advance. Avoid bringing bags where possible as all bags will be searched on entry and must be small enough to fit under a stadium seat - standard A4 size. There is no left luggage facility.
  • The bars open 3 and a half hours before kick-off, so you could get through security and head to one of the venues. The Fan Village is also a great place to hang out, especially after the match as you wait for the crowd to thin out. Keep in mind most venues in the stadium will only accept card payments.
  • The Rugby Football Union (RFU) operates a shuttle service to the stadium from Richmond and Hounslow, and then back to these locations once the match is over. You can take these shuttles to avoid the crowd at Twickenham train station. These shuttle buses are free of charge if you take them two hours before kick-off – less than two hours before kick-off costs £3 per person, and only cash payments are accepted. The shuttle bus service is free post-match.

Best hotels near Twickenham

Hotels in Twickenham are likely to be fully booked or really expensive during the Six Nations. It would be much more cost-effective to book a hotel in one of the nearby areas like Kingston or Brentford. There will be extra trains operating throughout the weekend to make sure there is no congestion.

Novotel London Brentford Hotel

Only a fifteen-minute walk from Brentford Rail Station, the Novotel in Brentford is a very affordable 4-star hotel with convenient connections to Twickenham Station. You could book a room and catch a train that takes you directly to the station, and from there it’s just a short twelve-minute walk to the stadium.

Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel

Very affordable at only £65 per night, the Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel is only a ten-minute walk away from Norbiton train station. From there it’s a thirty-minute train straight to Twickenham Station. The Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel is located right on the edge of Kingston Park and has regular trains directly to Waterloo station.

Park Grand London Heathrow

10 minutes’ drive away from Heathrow Airport and ten minutes’ walk away from Hounslow station, booking a room at the Park Grand London Heathrow means you could walk down to the station and catch a shuttle or train that gets you to Twickenham Stadium. The hotel provides modern accommodations with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and their own bar and restaurant.

Best restaurants and pubs in Twickenham

Understandably, getting a table for a bite to eat might not be easy given the amount of people that are going to be in town. We recommend booking a table in advance at one of our recommended restaurants. The fan zone area is also a great option to grab a drink, or something to eat before or after the match. Some of our favourite restaurants near the stadium are:

The Cabbage Patch

“A drop-kick from Twickenham”, the Cabbage Patch is a traditional rugby themed pub, referred to by many as the most famous rugby pub in the world! Just a fifteen-minute walk away from the stadium. It’s also only a two-minute walk from the train station making it a perfect option to meet up with friends and soak up the atmosphere before or after the match. If you are in Twickenham for the match, but not lucky enough to have a ticket it is the perfect place to be! It is a very popular and busy pub. They serve gourmet pub food with a large selection of ales and have an enviable whiskey collection.

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is a traditional British pub 20 minutes’ walk from Twickenham Stadium and very close to the River Thames. If comfort food and beer are what you’re looking for, The Royal Oak is your best bet.

The Albany

Only a 3-minute walk from Twickenham station and a 15 minutes’ walk from Twickenham Stadium, The Albany serves traditional pub food on most days, but on match-day, they host an outdoor BBQ. The pub also has lots of options for vegetarians and offers gluten-free meals.

Zizzi

A local favourite, Zizzi serves up great Italian food for some post-game refuelling. Inside, you’ll find a nod to their rugby roots with a full-height grass wall, similar to the pitch in Twickenham Stadium, as well as an illustrated mural inspired by the local area.

Things to do near Twickenham

If you’re already at Twickenham, there are lots of places nearby that you can visit before or after the game. We highly recommend paying a visit to:

World Rugby Museum

Get to the stadium early on match day and have the opportunity to explore the iconic Twickenham Stadium with a rugby expert. At the World Rugby Museum, you will have access to panoramic views of the stadium, go inside the England dressing room, and hear the story of the game as it evolved over time. Currently, the stadium has a special exhibition on the role rugby played in the Olympics, in commemoration of the 2020 Olympic games.

Richmond Park

The second-largest park in London, Richmond Park is positively overflowing with nature. Famous for around 600 deer that call the park their home, there are plenty of things to see, including one of London’s most famous views of St Pauls Cathedral, nearly ten miles away. The view is so important that developers aren’t allowed to build anything that may obstruct the view. You can also take a horse-drawn carriage down to the riverside to visit Hollyhock Café, built to look like something straight out of a fairy-tale.