As the home of England Rugby and a three-time host of the Rugby World Cup, Twickenham Stadium is worth a visit for any sports fan. With seating for up to a whopping 82,000 people, it’s no surprise that Twickenham takes the title of the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world, and you can expect an atmosphere like no other.
Whether you’re visiting for an international game or the thrilling Six Nations Rugby, Twickenham Stadium offers much more than just a venue. With opportunities for museum and stadium tours, music events and world class hospitality, there’s so much to do here during your visit.
Twickenham Stadium has excellent public transport links, making getting there easy. Read on to find out more about Twickenham, including how to get there and what kind of events take place throughout the year.
Where is Twickenham Stadium?
Twickenham Stadium is located in Twickenham, in south-west London.
From the exciting matches and stadium tours to music concerts and sports events, there’s so much to get involved with at Twickenham Rugby Stadium.
It’s hardly a surprise that the main attraction at Twickenham is the action-packed rugby games that are hosted there year-round. Undeniably one of the biggest crowd pleasers is the Six Nations, which usually kicks off mid-February and sees England compete against France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
Next up is The Clash, a match hosted by Bath Rugby that takes place around Easter. This premiership rugby game is an annual fixture at Twickenham and promises an electric atmosphere.
The colder weather brings with it the Autumn Internationals, where you can watch England play some legendary teams like Tonga, South Africa and Australia live before your very eyes. Finish your year of Rugby off with the annual Killik Cup, a game that sees players of all ages, abilities and nationalities come together to take on some of the best international teams in the world.
If you can’t get enough, then Twickenham Stadium also regularly hosts the Premiership Final, Champions Cup Final and World Rugby Seven Series (also known as London Sevens), so there’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the year.
If you get to the stadium with some time to spare, the Fan Village is a great place to hang out. Filled with food and drink outlets as well as entertainment stalls, the Fan Village has plenty to keep you busy before the match - and since there’s a queueing system after matches to stagger crowds, it’s also a good spot to visit post-match as you wait for the crowd to thin out.
Food and drink outlets usually stay open for a further two-and-a-half hours after the match has ended, so why not stick around and grab a bite to eat before heading home?
Stadium tours and World Rugby Museum
As a sports fan, there’s nothing more exciting than walking on the very ground that some of your most admired sports stars have set foot on. Twickenham Stadium offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour both their stadium, including the Royal Box, Players’ Tunnel and the England Dressing Room, and their Rugby Museum, giving you a fascinating insight into the match-day preparations and routines of international rugby players.
Music and private events
Aside from entertaining thousands of sports fans, Twickenham Stadium also doubles up as a lively music venue and has hosted performances from some huge artists and bands in the past, including Eminem, U2 and The Rolling Stones. The venue’s impressive facilities also make it a great place to host a private event, from conferences and meetings to Christmas parties and wedding receptions.
Tips for the day
Twickenham Stadium is a popular venue that can get incredibly busy, so keep your visit as stress-free as possible with these tips:
Since the roads will be quite congested before and after matches, we’d suggest taking the train instead and allowing extra time for you to get through security and find your seats
If you get there early, head over to the Fan Village where you can take in the pre-match atmosphere and make the most of the refreshments on offer
Make sure you bring a bag that’s small enough to fit under a stadium seat or avoid bringing a bag completely if possible
Food and drink
Supporting your favourite team is hungry work, and with a range of dining options available both within and around the stadium, even the pickiest eater is bound to be satisfied.
There are a number of food and drink outlets located at different levels within the stadium and in the Fan Village. Those seated in a hospitality suite can enjoy a selection of delicious canapés and nibbles. For a truly memorable experience, guests can book to dine in the England Changing Rooms or indulge in a seven course taster menu in the Twickenham Cellar.
For dining further afield, you can find a number of restaurants and pubs just a stone’s throw from Twickenham station. Popular options include The Cabbage Patch, which serves mouth-watering pub grub and a variety of beers and ciders, The Albany Pub & Dining Room, a spacious, light-filled pub with an impressive bar, and Bellissimo Ristorante, one of the area’s most popular Italian restaurants.
Places to stay in and around Twickenham Stadium
No matter your budget, there’s plenty of hotels to choose from around Twickenham Stadium if you fancy a weekend break in London. Budget friendly hotels include Premier Inn London Twickenham Stadium, Travelodge London Twickenham and Ibis Budget London Hounslow. Family-friendly stays include Twickenham Guest House and Richmond Hill Hotel.
Those after a touch of luxury can choose from the onsite four-star Marriott Hotel, which has pitch-side suites and a Virgin Active Health Club, the Alexander Pope Hotel or The Petersham Hotel.
Twickenham Stadium accessibility
Twickenham Stadium is passionate about delivering equality to all customers regardless of their abilities or needs. Within the stadium you’ll find 56 wheelchair bays in three separate raised, covered terraces that are accessible via lift, as well as accessible toilets, hearing loop seats, and lowered counters at dedicated bars.