The Alternative Guide to the

The Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off this September in stadiums across the United Kingdom. Below is our comprehensive alternative guide to the competition looking at some of the aspects you might not know about - covering everything from stadium guides and where to drink through to how America might reimagine some of the participating countries emblems.
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What is the Rugby World Cup?

When is it?


The Rugby World Cup kicks off Friday 18th September at Twickenham with the opening match between England and Fiji. The competition will end on Saturday 31st October with the final, again at Twickenham stadium.

For full details of the individual stages please see below:

  • GROUP STAGES: Sept 18 - Oct 11
  • QUARTER-FINALS: Oct 17/18
  • SEMI-FINALS: Oct 24/25
  • FINAL: Oct 31

Who is participating?

The Rugby World Cup will be contested by the world's best 20 national Rugby Union teams.

These are:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • England
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Romania
  • Samoa
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Tonga
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Wales

What to watch?

Below are our favourite matches that we expect will be full of tension, skill and entertainment.

Make sure to set a reminder to not miss these epic clashes:

    FRI SEP 18 - 20:00

    The opening game is always a must watch as we expect some additional entertainment. The first kick is not to be missed.
    SUN SEP 20 - 16:45

    This will be an epic battle as the favourites New Zealand take on South America's strongest Rugby side. A match with skill, physicality and undoubtedly drama.
    SAT SEP 26 - 20:00

    February's Six Nations battle in Wales saw England victorious in an incredibly tight game. The Welsh will be looking for vengeance but may struggle with several key players injured.
    SAT OCT 3 - 20:00

    All sporting competitions between these two rivals always ends in drama and excitement. The Australians will be keen to ensure Aussie honour is kept intact by beating the English on their own patch.
    SUN OCT 11 - 16:45

    As one of the final group stages games this match may be either hugely important or irrelevant depending on how earlier results go. That being said, both Ireland and France are hugely physical and talented teams who will be looking for comprehensive wins.

Our Survey Results

About the survey

Rugby's elite country competition kicks off this September here in England, attracting some of the best teams worldwide for 6 weeks. We decided to quiz the people of Britain on their rugby knowledge levels to see which region knows the game inside out. Our quizmasters asked 1,000 people around the United Kingdom of all ages and gender and we found some really interesting results…

View the results

Top insights

  • A third quizzed didn't know that the Rugby World Cup was kicking off in September 2015!
  • 42.7% of the UK had no idea that the Rugby World Cup was actually being hosted in England!
  • 44% of the UK didn't know how long a game of rugby is supposed to last
  • More than half didn't know the correct number of points award for a try
  • A third of UK thought that the winner of the Rugby World Cup would receive the “Rugby Bowl” trophy rather than the Webb Ellis Cup
  • Nearly half the UK had no idea that Chris Robshaw was England current captain. 21.5% thought the captain instead was Jonny Wilkinson and when asked to guess one of the options, 13.20% thought that the BBC's ‘Saturday Kitchen' host and TV chef James Martin was this year's captain…

Stadium Guides

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Twickenham Stadium, London

Twickenham Stadium is the Home of England Rugby and is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world. The first game was played on Twickenham in 1909 and was a battle between local sides Harlequins and Richmond.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    The nearest train station is Twickenham, which is a short walk from the stadium. Turn right out of the station, and then continue down Whitton Road.

    The nearest Underground stations are Hounslow East for the Piccadilly Line, and Richmond for the District Line.

    The buses 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20 each have regular services which pass close to the stadium.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    Twickenham Stadium is on the northern side of the A316 into London. From the M25, exit J12 onto the M3. This becomes the A316 and Twickenham Stadium is off the Whitton Road roundabout. From London, turn right off the A316 at Whitton Road roundabout.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    A controlled parking zone operates over an area of approximately one mile around the stadium. To pre-book parking at Twickenham please visit


  • The Eel Pie Pub, Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NJ

    This small brewery-owned pub is friendly and serves good beer and tasty food. As with a lot of places in Twickenham, the walls are adorned with rugby memorabilia and it’s very popular on match days.

  • Barmy Arms, Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DU

    Within spitting distance of Twickenham Stadium, the Barmy Arms sits on the banks of the Thames and has a friendly yet lively atmosphere.

  • Stokes and Moncreiff, Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 3AB

    Named after the Captains of England and Scotland in the very first rugby international, this refurbished pub is a little bit gastro but popular with the locals, so it must be good.


  • Strawberry Hill House, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4ST

    Strawberry Hill was built in the 18th century and is internationally famous as Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture. The eccentric and unique style of the rooms perfectly complements the Gothic exterior.

  • Twickenham Fine Ales, Mereway Road, Twickenham TW2 6RG

    Twickenham Fine Ales is London’s oldest micro-brewery. You can have a tour of the brewery, sample a few drinks in their well-stocked bar or watch a match live on their big screen.

  • Bubble Boys Ltd, Lyndhurst Avenue, Twickenham TW2 6BP

    For something a little different why not try your hand at bubble football. You basically play football with a giant inflatable ball on your head. It’s definitely a contact sport but when you get knocked over you’ll bounce right back.


  • York Street Café, York St, Twickenham TW1 3LD

    Pop in here for your pre-match breakfast and you won’t be disappointed. The food is fresh and it does great coffee too.

  • Blue’s Smokehouse, London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SX

    Blue’s Smokehouse does authentic American BBQ food that could turn a vegetarian in the blink of an eye. Their Smokehouse Classics are cooked low and slow in huge American imported smokers.

  • The Scrummery, Whitton Road, Twickenham TW1 1BZ

    This unique restaurant is only open on stadium event days. The owner is bonkers about rugby so the walls are adorned with rugby memorabilia, personal signed rugby shirts, photos and stories from the early days of the sport.


  • Twickenham Guest House, 10 Russell Road, Twickenham TW2 7QT

    This is probably the closest you’ll get to the stadium at only 500 meters away. It’s clean and comfortable and the rooms are not too pricey.

  • Premier Inn London Twickenham Stadium, Chertsey Road, Twickenham TW2 6LS

    Just over a mile from the stadium, the Premier Inn is a good option if you like to be close to the action. It’s just 5 miles from Heathrow Airport and just down the road from Whitton Train Station.

  • The Alexander Pope Hotel, Cross Deep, Twickenham TW1 4RB

    In the heart of Twickenham and close to the High Street, this modern hotel overlooks the Thames and has a lovely traditional pub attached.

The home of the national Welsh rugby union team and Cardiff City FC was built in 1999 to host the Rugby World Cup, but has since played host to events including concerts and the Speedway Grand Prix. The Millennium Stadium features a retractable roof (only the second stadium of this type in Europe) and is the largest capacity football stadium in the world with this feature.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    The stadium is located in the centre of Cardiff and opposite Cardiff Central railway station, so it’s very convenient for rail travel.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    The Millennium Stadium is well signposted from the M4 and all surrounding routes.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    On match days, be aware that you will not be able to get near the stadium as restrictions on traffic are put in place. You can either arrive in Cardiff very early and find a parking spot in the city centre, or use the Park & Ride service, which is signposted from Junction 33 of the M4 – though be prepared to queue.


  • O’Neill’s, 85-87 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1DW

    Only a stone’s throw from the Millennium is O’Neill’s, a pub guaranteed to be at its rowdiest (and best) on match day. Be sure to arrive early though, as this place will be rammed.

  • Urban Tap House, 25 Westgate Street, Cardiff

    Another pub found on the stadium doorstep, this craft beer mecca has an amazing 16 beers and ciders on tap, as well as fridges well stocked with the best and brightest in international brewing.

  • Porter’s, Harlech Court, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FE

    Open till 3am on weekends, this upbeat bar provides the perfect venue for that late night drink in style. Plus, when the rugby’s on, they tap a cask of local guest ale.


  • Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB

    Right in the heart of Cardiff, the site has been home to fortifications of some sort for the last 2000 years! Take a stroll around the grounds and climb the fairy tale towers for a top day out.

  • The Barrage, Cardiff Bay

    If the weather is nice and you need to blow the cobwebs out, there’s nothing better than taking a walk along the 10km trail of the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

  • Cardiff Indoor Market, St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AU

    Get anything from fruit and veg; a fried breakfast; second-hand clothes, books and records; textiles; sweets, meats and your fortune told. Phew!


  • Cosy Club, St David's Dewi Sant Cardiff, 1 Hills St, Cardiff CF10 2LE

    Conveniently located on The Hayes, just a 10-minute walk from the Millennium Stadium, this impressive eatery will lend gentleman’s club style to your morning meal. Be sure to check out the views from the first floor.

  • Dorothy’s Fish Bar, 39-40 Caroline St, Cardiff CF10 1FF

    Just down the road from the stadium, no match day is complete without a tray of chips and chicken off the bone in curry sauce. Lush!

  • The Clink, Knox Road, HMP Cardiff, Cardiff CF24 0UG

    For something a little different, try a delicious dinner in a prison. Staffed by prisoners from HMP Prescoed, this is a unique dining experience, and only a 10-minute walk from the city centre.


  • YHA Cardiff Central, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BB

    With dorm and private rooms available with en-suites, free Wi-Fi and a location within walking distance of the city centre, this is the perfect stay for rugby fans on a tight budget.

  • Riverside B&B, 1 Coldstream Terrace, Cardiff CF11 6LJ

    Just across the water from the stadium, this unpretentious family-run bed and breakfast provides a clean, comfortable and affordable stay. There’s free parking for guests too.

  • Cathedral 73, 73 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HE

    This boutique hotel offers unique rooms combining contemporary style in a traditional setting. And for those more accustomed to the finer things in life, you can even book a butler or a private chef. Fancy!

Sandy Park is a conference and banqueting centre as well as a rugby union stadium. It is the home ground of the Exeter Chiefs who play in the in the Aviva Premiership.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    The nearest rail station is Digby & Sowton, which is on the main Exeter line. From there the stadium is a 15 minute walk (0.7 miles approx).

    Bus services 52 A, B or C (Exeter to Sidmouth) all go to Bishops Court bus stop which is a five minute walk to the stadium. From there you walk across the road and up Apple Lane. At the end of Apple Lane, there is a pathway signposted “Sandy Park Rugby Stadium”, turn left at the top of the path and walk across the bridge.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    If travelling by car, the stadium is just off the M5 at junction 30. Leave the motorway and then follow the signs to the stadium.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    There is a Park and Ride service (PR4) in Sidmouth Road. This takes you to Bishops Court bus stop. From there you walk across the road and up Apple Lane. At the end of Apple Lane, there is a pathway signposted “Sandy Park Rugby Stadium”, turn left at the top of the path and walk across the bridge.


  • The Half Moon Inn, Frog Lane, Clyst St Mary EX5 1BR

    Off junction 30 of the M5 is the Half Moon Inn at Clyst St Mary. It’s a traditional village pub and serves a selection of real ales and proper pub grub.

  • The Ship Inn, Martin Lane, Exeter EX1 1EY

    This is a nice traditional pub located a few minutes from Exeter Cathedral. It’s a good choice for real ale and cider fans.

  • Walkabout Inn, Fore St, City Centre, Exeter EX4 3HY

    This Australian chain bar is good if you want to watch matches on a big screen TV and then party afterwards.


  • Exeter Castle, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PU

    For a little bit of history, a trip to Exeter Castle is well worth a visit. It’s also known as Rougemont Castle and was built in around 1068.

  • Exeter's Underground Passages, Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA

    Built to house the pipes that brought clean drinking water into medieval Exeter, these are the only passages of their kind open to the public in Britain. Pre-booking is advisable.

  • Go-Segway, Haldon Gateway, Exeter EX6 7XR

    For something a little different, try a Segway tour of the woodland tracks and trails in Haldon Forest. This is a unique way to enjoy some amazing views of Exeter.


  • Brody’s Breakfast Bistro, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3SH

    After a heavy night out you may want to treat yourself to one of Exeter’s best breakfasts in this all-you-can-eat bistro. Yes, you heard me right - the breakfasts are unlimited.

  • The Sandwiched Inn, Magdalen Road, Exeter EX2 4TD

    This traditional coffee shop is open for breakfast and lunch and all the food is prepared to order. They do a selection of soups, jacket potatoes, salad boxes and of course, sandwiches.

  • Michael Caines at the Royal Clarence, Cathedral Yard, Exeter EX1 1HD

    This stunning restaurant overlooks Exeter Cathedral and serves delicious food using the freshest seasonal, local produce and ingredients.


  • Eastcote Guest House, Sidmouth Road, Exeter EX5 1AE

    Approximately 1.5 miles from Sandy Park, this little bed and breakfast is just about within walking distance of the stadium (around half an hour).

  • Premier Inn Exeter M5 J29, Fitzroy Rd, Exeter EX1 3LJ

    This modern hotel is just one junction away off the M5. They do quadruple rooms if you’re planning a group trip on a budget.

  • The Magdalen Chapter, Magdalen St, Exeter EX2 4HY

    If you’re after a bit more luxury, this beautiful hotel is set in a converted Victorian hospital and is a few minutes walk from Exeter town centre.

St. James' Park is the oldest football stadium in the North East and has been home to three football clubs; Newcastle Rangers, Newcastle West End and Newcastle East End. The latter two clubs moved to the arena in the summer of 1892 shortly before merging to become Newcastle United.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    Newcastle Central station is located around 15 minutes’ walk from St. James' Park, and is well signposted.

    There is also a metro station next to the stadium. Come out of the station, walk up the steps ahead and you will see the ground.

    St. James' Park is within easy walking distance of both city bus stations. It is located around a five minute walk from the heart of the city centre, and is signposted throughout.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    Follow directions to Newcastle city centre - the stadium is close to most city centre car parks, but due to its location, it is advised you travel by public transport.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    There is a park and ride scheme from Newcastle Great Park (just to the west of the A1).


  • The Newcastle Arms, St Andrew's St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5SE

    This CAMRA Real Ale Pub is right around the corner from the stadium and serves several excellent cask conditioned ales on tap.

  • The Strawberry Pub, Strawberry Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SF

    Also a short walk from the stadium, The Strawberry Pub is popular with Newcastle United supporters and is filled with Magpie memorabilia.

  • The Head of Steam, Neville St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5EN

    Across the road from Newcastle Central station, The Head of Steam hosts great live bands and is said to be one of the best bars in the city.


  • Angel of the North, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne NE9 6AA

    No visit to Newcastle would be complete without a visit to the Angel of the North, which is actually in Gateshead. Designed by Anthony Gormley, this iconic figure greets you as you arrive in Newcastle.

  • Earl Grey’s Monument, Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AL

    You can’t really miss this column as it towers 40m high above the city centre. The monument is dedicated to Earl Grey who was Prime Minister between 1830 and 1834. There are a lot of steps up to the top but you’re greeted by breathtaking views across the city as a reward.

  • Chinatown and Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4YB

    The impressive entrance gate to Chinatown sits opposite St James’ Park and was built in 2004 by craftsmen in Shanghai. It is 11 metres tall and is flanked by two Chinese guardian lions. Definitely worth a visit if you like Chinese food.


  • Quay Ingredient, Queen Street, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3UG

    A small independently run coffee house tucked underneath the Tyne Bridge just off the Quayside. It’s open for breakfast and lunch and serves amazing coffee.

  • The Fat Hippo, St George's Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2SU

    An American-style diner, the Fat Hippo serves a vast selection of massive burgers, hotdogs and fries as well as some good veggie options.

  • The Lock and Key Restaurant, Downing Plaza, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5TN

    Just a stone’s throw from St James’ Park this intimate restaurant produces tasty food from locally sourced ingredients.


  • Sandman Signature Hotel, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SD

    Situated right next to St James’ Park this is an ideal hotel if you want to be close to the action. It also has a nice sports bar and grill restaurant on site.

  • Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

    This modern hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from Newcastle railway station as well as the lively Quayside area with its bars and restaurants. It also has a 24-hour lounge bar.

  • 91 Aparthotel, Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1NH

    If you’re looking for self-catering, this apartment hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout and free parking facilities too. Each apartment sleeps 5 people, so great if you’re planning on having a group trip.

Stadium MK, also known locally as Denbigh Stadium, is a football ground and home to Milton Keynes Dons F.C. The stadium was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by Queen Elizabeth II.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    Bletchley train station is a 30-minute walk and the stadium is sign posted from the station.

    Arriva Bus Service 1 visits Newport Pagnell (07 and 37 minutes past the hour), Milton Keynes Central Rail Station via the City Centre (35 and 05 minutes past the hour), Oldbrook and the Hospital, eventually arriving at the stop on Grafton Street adjacent to the stadium entrance.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    From the M1 exit motorway at Junction 14 and follow the sign towards Milton Keynes. Continue straight over the roundabout (Northfield) on H6 Childs Way. At the next roundabout (Fox Milne) turn left onto V11 Tongwell Street. Continue straight over the next roundabout (Monkston) along the V11 Tongwell Street. At the next roundabout (Brinklow) turn right along the H8 Standing Way (A421). Continue on the H8 Standing Way (A421) following signs for Buckingham continuing over a number of roundabouts, on reaching the Bleak Hall roundabout turn left onto the V6 Grafton Street and follow signs for the stadium.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    Limited parking is available at the stadium.


  • The Inn on the Lake, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1PA

    This is the nearest pub to the stadium and is only about a 10-minute walk away. It’s friendly and relaxed and in a beautiful setting alongside the lake.

  • Bull & Butcher, Aylesbury Street, Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes MK2 2BA

    A little bit further down the road in Fenny Stratford, this village pub serves decent real ale and inexpensive pub grub.

  • Ye Olde Swan, Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes MK6 3BS

    This beautiful old building has a crooked roof, low ceilings and exposed beams. This historic gem on the outskirts of Milton Keynes dates back to the 16th century.


  • Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

    Bletchley Park was home to the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) during World War Two. Once it was Britain’s best kept secret but now it’s open to the public to share in its exciting history.

  • Airkix Indoor Skydiving, Malborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3XS

    If you’re scared of heights then this is the perfect alternative to skydiving. You’re suspended in a column of air which reproduces the feeling of freefall skydiving.

  • Experience the Country, Hounslow Hall Estate, Milton Keynes MK17 0BU

    This activity centre offers a great range of activities including 4x4 off-road driving, archery, air rifle shooting, axe throwing, clay pigeon shooting and Segway sessions. All that should keep anyone occupied for a while.


  • Mister Tea’s Cafe, Victoria Rd, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK2 2NP

    Bletchley is just a few minutes down the road from the stadium and this traditional café will not disappoint. It does a great selection of breakfasts as well as freshly cooked lunches.

  • Middletons Steakhouse & Grill, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 2EA

    Located in the centre of Milton Keynes, this steakhouse and grill is perfect for dining anytime. The meat is delivered fresh every day from their own butcher in Middleton, Norfolk.

  • The Don, Elder Gate, Station Square, Milton Keynes MK9 1LR

    Situated in the heart of Milton Keynes this Indian restaurant serves fresh cuisine cooked by its award winning chef. The menu has all your favourite dishes with a few surprises too.


  • DoubleTree By Hilton Milton, Stadium mk, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST

    This hotel is actually built into the stadium, so you can’t get any closer than this. Many of the rooms have views of the stadium itself.

  • Premier Inn Milton Keynes South, Bletcham Way, Milton Keynes MK7 8HP

    Providing good value, comfortable accommodation, the Premier Inn is close to the stadium and provides the ideal base to explore the surrounding area too.

  • Campanile Milton Keynes, Penn Road, Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes MK2 2AU

    This handy hotel is situated just off the M1 and is a short drive from the centre of Milton Keynes. The rooms are modern and parking is free.

The Stadium at Olympic Park is currently the third largest capacity stadium in the UK behind Twickenham and Wembley. It hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and, amidst some controversy, is now the home ground of West Ham United.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    19 bus routes service The Stadium, calling at Stratford bus station or Stratford City bus station. If you’re taking the tube, Central Line, Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway trains all call at Stratford. Stratford International station can be reached on the National Rail via St. Pancras International.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations – Although public transport is by far the easiest way to get to the Olympic Park, the venue is only 30 minutes drive from the M25 if you’re coming by car.

  • Nearby parking recommendations – There are a number of car parks available for match days, but we recommend using the public car parks at Westfield Stratford City, Stratford International station and the Stratford Centre.


  • People’s Park Tavern, 360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT

    If the weather is fine, head to this Victorian boozer for a great outdoors tipple. The beer garden backs on to Victoria Park, is decidedly leafy and very large by London standards.

  • The Langthorne, 12-14 The Broadway, Stratford E15 4QS

    With a good selection of cask ales, lagers and wines, this traditional boozer located in the heart of Stratford is ideal for a match day pint (or two).

  • The Cow, Westfield Stratford, 4 Chesnut Plaza, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1GL

    With comfy sofas, modern décor and views of the Olympic Park, this gastropub is a great place to grab a craft beer and take in the match day atmosphere.


  • The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST

    This might seem like an obvious choice, but a day out at the Olympic Park really is a must. There is a whole host of activities to enjoy for kids and adults alike. Check out the website for a full activity list and an up-to-date events schedule.

  • The Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT

    Reopened in 2012, this impressive slice of British maritime history is a great destination for visitors to the capital. What’s more, the ship has now been raised over three meters, so you can experience walking beneath the hull of the last remaining tea clipper in the world.

  • The Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Road, London E15 1BX

    This multi-screen, modern 3D cinema could be the perfect place to wind down the day after an exciting match. There’s always plenty of great films on show, and the building itself has won numerous architectural awards.


  • Railroad, 120-122 Morning Ln, Hackney E9 6LH

    If you can look past the hyper-hipster ethos of Railroad, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by an excellent restaurant offering fantastic food and seriously good coffee. Ideal if you want a boho breakfast rather than a greasy spoon.

  • Londek Café, 198 The Grove, Stratford E15 1NS

    Low prices and large portions are the order of the day at this popular Polish café close to the Olympic Park. Enjoy seriously stodgy home-cooked goodness until 10pm.

  • King Edward VII, 47 Broadway, Stratford E15 4BQ

    The affectionately named King Eddie’s boasts traditional Victorian décor and modern gastropub food. Tuck in to sharing platters or a rib eye steak alongside one of their four real ales.


  • Travel Inn, 207 Romford Road, Stratford, London E7 9HL

    A 10-minute drive from The Stadium, this cheap and cheerful Travel Inn is ideally located and affordable for match day visitors on a budget.

  • Holiday Inn London - Stratford City, 10a Chestnut Plaza, Westfield Stratford City, London E2O 1GL

    Situated directly opposite the Olympic Park, this hotel is everything you’d expect from this national name. Pro tip, sign up for a free membership and receive free Wi-Fi.

  • Staybridge Suites, 10B Chestnut Plaza, Westfield-Stratford City, London E20 1GL

    This 4-star hotel is situated an easy 15-minute walk from the Olympic Stadium and boasts spacious rooms with full kitchen facilities and plenty of public areas to relax in.

The home ground of Premier League club Aston Villa since 1897, this stadium was once part of a leisure park containing football and cricket pitches, as well as an athletics track and grandstand. Villa Park was the first English ground to stage international football in three different centuries and has hosted more FA cup semi-finals than any other ground (a total of 55).


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    The 7 and 11 buses serve Villa Park. Bus 7 leaves from Upper Bull Street in the city centre. However, the stadium is best reached by train. Both Aston Station and Witton Station are a short journey from Birmingham New Street Station, but Witton Station is closest, just a 5-minute walk to the stadium.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    If you’re coming from outside the city, the stadium is best reached from the M6 motorway. Take exit 6 and follow the signs for the A38 (not the A38M). On the island turn right (A5127), and follow the signs to Villa Park.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    There are a number of car parks for use on match day, including at the stadium itself, and many will be signposted on your approach. If places are limited, you could try King Edward VI Aston School, which opens its playgrounds on match days for parking at £10 a car. Be aware that parking restrictions are in place around the stadium on match days and parking in residential streets should be avoided.


  • The Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN

    This specialist real ale pub situated in the heart of Birmingham City centre has 19 hand-pulled ales and 3 ciders on offer at any one time. No wonder it was CAMRA’s ‘Pub Of The Year’ for four years running.

  • The Post Office Vaults, 84 New St, Birmingham B2 4BA

    Another popular venue with real ale aficionados, this underground pub now serves an extensive selection of hand-pulled beers where once stamps and envelopes filled the shelves.

  • The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, B2 5NY

    Head to the Cathedral and you’ll find this extraordinary pub nestled in the street opposite. A flamboyant interior and bustling atmosphere make for an excellent experience in this Fuller’s pie-and-ale pub.


  • Warwick Castle, Castle Lane, Warwick CV34 4QU

    Just a short train ride from Birmingham is this jewel in the medieval crown of England. Watch the jousting, swing a sword and maybe even join the daily banquet.

  • Birmingham Science Museum and The Giant Screen, Millennium Point, Birmingham

    B4 7XG

    With ten galleries dedicated to interactive installations, this museum lets you investigate everything from full size locomotives and aircraft to intestines and taste buds. Plus, it’s got a cinema so big they had to take the roof off to get it in!

  • National SEA LIFE Centre, The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL

    Enjoy a spectacular undersea voyage surrounded by an enormous one million-litre ocean tank where sea turtles, reef sharks and tropical fish swim inches from your head


  • Hylton Café, 2 Hylton Street, Birmingham B18 6HN

    Tucked away in the heart of Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarter, this popular café serves freshly cooked all-day breakfasts at very reasonable prices - just £3 for a fry up!

  • The Bartons Arms, 144 High Street, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UP

    With a good selection of hand-pulled Oakham Ales and authentic Thai cuisine, this traditional Victorian pub is a must for a match day lunch. Rumour has it that Laurel and Hardy used to frequent this unique venue during their time at the Aston Hippodrome!

  • Bhaizans Grill, 46 Lozells Rd, Birmingham B19 2TH

    This curry and kebab house is known for its large portions and fast and friendly service. Just a 15-minute walk from Villa Park, it could provide the perfect venue for your post-match feed.


  • Shanahans Bed and Breakfast, 129 Rocky Ln, Birmingham B7 5EP

    Simple rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, a café on site and a bar serving classic British food all-day - this friendly and affordable traditional B&B is a 20-minute walk from Villa Park.

  • Conference Aston Hotel, The Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET

    With free swimming pool and gym facilities, and confortable and affordable rooms, this hotel offers a great location for a trip to Villa Park or for a night out in the city centre.

  • Hotel La Tour, Albert Street, Birmingham B5 5JE

    With a brasserie-style restaurant, an on-site café, a modern gym and busy bar, this chic and well-designed hotel will provide a comfortable place to lay your head after a busy day of live sport.

Wembley Stadium opened in 2007, on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was demolished from 2002–2003. The stadium is owned by the Football Association and is the home ground for the England football team. Besides football, the stadium hosts many other events including major music concerts and has seen the likes of Bon Jovi, Madonna, Metallica, Coldplay and Oasis perform there. In 2011, International rugby league returned to Wembley for the first time since 1997.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    Wembley is only two stops on the tube from Baker Street (Metropolitan Line) and nine minutes from London Marylebone (Chiltern Line).

    Local buses to the stadium include 18, 83, 92 and 224.

    Wembley Stadium Station is also on the Chiltern Line which is just a few minutes’ walk from the stadium.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    The stadium can be reached by car from the A406, which connects with the M1 slightly further north. The exits toward the stadium are signposted from the A406.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    Parking is limited at the stadium, so we recommend you book parking in advance.


  • Watkin’s Folly, Empire Way, Wembley Park, Wembley HA9 0EW

    Just 10 minutes’ walk from the stadium, this vibrant bar is big enough to accommodate a hoard of rugby fans all looking for a pre/post-match drink. They have 6 TV screens and show most major sports events.

  • The Green Man, Dagmar Avenue, Wembley HA9 8DF

    The Green Man is a popular venue for pre/post-match drinks. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the stadium and is well known for its fun and lively atmosphere.

  • The Liquor Station, High Road, Wembley HA9 6AA

    This is more of a post-match bar where you can get a drink or two until late in the evening. They serve a large selection of cocktails and host special party nights with guest DJs.


  • London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Blvd, Wembley HA9 0WS

    There are some proper bargains to be had if you’re looking for designer clothes and foot wear. They have big brand stores including Adidas, Nike, Oakley and Skechers, and there are loads of cafes and restaurants. There’s also a cinema if you fancy watching the latest movie.

  • Sanatan Temple, Ealing Road, Wembley HA0 4TA

    This stunning Hindu temple is well worth a visit, not only for its distinct beauty but for its unusual location in the centre of a busy shopping area on the Ealing Road.

  • Sudbury Golf Course, Bridgewater Rd, Wembley HA0 1AL

    Believe it or not there is a golf course just a few minutes down the road from Wembley. It can be reached by taking the Piccadilly Line to Sudbury Town Underground station.


  • Moulin Café, Wembley Park, Wembley HA98HQ

    Just a few minutes’ walk from Wembley Park Station, this locals’ café serves a mean breakfast and has an extensive lunch menu. If you like rock music then you’ll enjoy studying the huge array of memorabilia that adorns the walls.

  • Blue Check Restaurant, Empire Way, Empire Parade, Wembley HA9 0RQ

    The Blue Check Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and it even has a dance floor if you decide to stay late into the evening. The food is ‘no frills’ but good value and the portions are generous.

  • Allso Thai, Empire Parade, Empire Way, Wembley HA9 0RQ

    This lovely little Thai restaurant is just a short walk from Wembley Stadium. The food is fresh and tasty and the staff are more than accommodating. It offers a nice, calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of Empire Way.


  • The Fusilier Inn, Harrow Road, Wembley HA0 2HA

    Within walking distance of Wembley Stadium, this pub hotel is great if you’re planning on driving as it has free on-site parking. It has a nice friendly atmosphere and the staff are willing to help with any query.

  • St George's Hotel, Wembley Hill Road, Wembley HA9 8AU

    You can’t get much closer than St George’s Hotel which overlooks Wembley Stadium. The hotel in brand-new, so the rooms are clean and modern and some of them even have balconies.

  • Holiday Inn London – Wembley, Empire Way, Wembley HA9 8DS

    This Holiday Inn is just a few minutes walk from Wembley Stadium. If you’re looking to unwind you can relax in the sauna, steam room and hot tub or book one of their therapeutic massages.

Brighton Stadium is situated on the outskirts of the city of Brighton & Hove, just a short train ride from the city centre. This award winning stadium cost £93m to construct and is home to Brighton & Hove Albion FC who are fondly nicknamed the ‘Seagulls’.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    The nearest railway station is Falmer, which is situated right by the stadium. Alternatively you can catch the No 25, 28 or 29 buses from Brighton Central.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    At the end of the M23, continue onto the A23, heading towards Brighton. At the roundabout, which is the junction with the A27, take the A27 towards Lewes. After around four miles you will see the stadium on your right hand side. Leave the A27 and take the slip road signposted Falmer (B2123). At the top of the slip road turn right, crossing back over the A27 and the entrance to the stadium is down on the right.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    Park & Ride services are located at three different locations: Mill Road (BN1 8ZF), Brighton Racecourse (BN2 9XZ) and Mithras House at Brighton University (BN2 4AT).


  • The Swan Inn, Middle St, Falmer BN1 9PD

    The closest pub to the stadium is the Swan Inn in Falmer, which is about a 15-minute walk from the stadium. They serve a selection of real ales and traditional pub grub.

  • The Evening Star, Surrey St, Brighton BN1 3PB

    This charming drinkers’ pub serves its own Dark Star real ales as well as a large selection of guest beers.

  • The Fortune of War, King's Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB

    Located on the seafront, this nautical pub hosts new DJs on a regular basis. It’s shaped like an upside down boat so you can’t miss it.


  • Brighton Pier, Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW

    A stay in Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to its iconic pier. Open all year round, there’s a great funfair at the end, with huge rides you never knew could fit into such a small space. It’s also great for fish and chips and the obligatory cheesy postcard.

  • The Brighton Wheel, Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1TB

    For breath-taking, panoramic views of the coastline and the surrounding area, the Brighton Wheel is one of Brighton’s newest attractions. The 36 enclosed glass pods provide a commentary guided tour of the heritage of Brighton & Hove.

  • Brighton Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE

    If you’re more of a culture vulture then a turn about the Royal Pavilion which houses a collection of antique furniture and superb works of art could be just the ticket.


  • The New Club Brighton, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2HH

    This hip diner serves a mean breakfast and some of the best coffee around. Try the full classic breakfast, breakfast burgers, pancakes, bagels, scrambled eggs or brioche bacon rolls.

  • Burger Brothers, 97 North Rd, Brighton BN1 1YE

    This quirky little burger joint serves the best burgers in the whole of Brighton. In fact, according to Trip Advisor, it’s also the best burger restaurant in the UK.

  • The Coal Shed Restaurant, 8 Boyce's St, Brighton BN1 1AN

    A gourmet steak and seafood restaurant, The Coal Shed has been recommended by The Telegraph and The Guardian, among others.


  • Beach Pad, Broad St, Brighton BN2 1TJ

    This guesthouse is located a short walk from Brighton town centre. It’s basic but clean and comfortable.

  • Seaspray Hotel, New Steine, Brighton BN2 1PD

    This stylish budget boutique hotel has individually designed rooms styled around different themes, including a room inspired by Elvis.

  • The Grand Brighton, King's Rd, Brighton BN1 2FW

    This high-end, seafront hotel has free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs in all rooms.

Elland Road is the 12th largest football stadium in England, and the second largest outside of the Premier League. It has been the home of Leeds United A.F.C. since the club's foundation in 1919. The stadium was previously occupied by Leeds City and Holbeck Rugby Club.


  • Nearby tube, train, and bus stations

    Leeds Railway Station is 2 miles from Elland Road. All London trains depart/arrive from Kings Cross. Journey time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    Elland Road is adjacent to the intersections of the M1, M62 and M621. Alternatively, enter the postcode LS11 0ES in to your Satellite Navigation.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    Car parking is available around the stadium and is operated by Leeds City Council. The cost is £6 per car (payable on the day).


  • The Old Peacock, Elland Rd, Leeds LS11 8TU

    The iconic Old Peacock is situated opposite Elland Road stadium and serves an extensive selection of real ales. It also has Sky Sports TV broadcast throughout the pub.

  • The Drysalters, Elland Road, Leeds LS11 8AX

    The Drysalters pub is about a 10-minute walk away from the ground. It has a good selection of real ales and large screen Sky TV.

  • Becketts Bank, Park Row, Leeds LS1 5HU

    For something a little bit livelier, try this busy Wetherspoon’s pub situated in an old converted bank.


  • Leeds River Trips, Clarence Dock, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT

    If you have a spare half an hour then a river cruise along the historic waterfront on the River Aire is the perfect way to fill it.

  • The Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT

    The Royal Armouries is the UK’s national museum of arms and armour, including artillery. Packed full of exhibits spanning 3000 years of fighting, this is a must for all you history buffs.

  • Locked In Games, Byron Street Mills, Leeds LS2 7QG

    For something a little different, why not try this problem-solving day out. Essentially, the organisers lock you in a room and you have to figure out how to escape! Pre-booking is essential.


  • Riveresque, Bridge End, Leeds LS1 7HG

    This is the perfect greasy spoon for your prematch feed. They also serve sandwiches and snacks throughout the day.

  • Graveleys Fish & Chips, Elland Rd, Leeds LS11 8TU

    Just a stone’s throw from the stadium is Graveleys chippy, which has served Leeds United fans for decades. You can tell how good it is by the length of the queue.

  • Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill, Waterman's Place, Leeds LS1 4GL

    If you’re after a juicy steak then this Brazilian restaurant is the place for you. It has a huge selection of meat on the menu - enough to satisfy any carnivore.


  • Park House B&B, Dewsbury Road, Leeds LS11 7BD

    It’s clean and friendly, close to the stadium and serves a great full English breakfast with bacon, sausage, fried egg, toast and beans.

  • Leeds City West Premier Inn, Gelderd Road, Leeds LS12 6LX

    This comfy hotel is just a quarter of a mile from Elland Road and a simple walk via the subway under the main road. It’s also handy for the city centre too.

  • Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4BX

    Adjacent to the railway station, with quick and easy access to the M621, this hotel is excellent value for money. It also has a restaurant on site and a nice little café.

Kingsholm Stadium is the home ground of Gloucester Rugby club and is sometimes nicknamed 'Castle Grim' after the estate where the stadium is built. As well as hosting a number of matches for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Kingsholm was also a venue for the World Cup in 1991.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    Kingsholm Stadium is only a 5-minute walk from the main bus station in Gloucester. For more information visit

    Gloucester station is less than a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Come out of the station, turn right and follow the road towards Kingsholm. It is then signposted to the stadium.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    Take junction 11 off the M5 and proceed on the A40 towards the city centre. At the Elmbridge Roundabout take the third exit and stay on the A40. At the next roundabout please take the first left onto the Tewkesbury Road. Go over the next roundabout and the stadium is on your right hand side approximately 500m.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    Park and ride is available at Tesco Superstore in St Oswalds Retail Park, St Oswald's Rd, Gloucester GL1 2SR.


  • The Kingsholm Inn, Kingsholm Rd, Gloucester GL1 3AT

    The Kingsholm Inn is situated opposite the stadium and serves some good draught ales and has four TVs, including two big screens, showing all major games on Sky Sports.

  • Teague's Bar, Kingsholm Road, Gloucester GL1 3BH

    This iconic rugby bar is within spitting distance of the stadium and is run by former Gloucester Rugby legend Mike Teague.

  • The Coach & Horses, Catherine Street, Gloucester GL1 2BX

    For those who prefer a pint or two of cider, The Cider Tree at the Coach and Horses serves 34 ciders and perrys from around the UK, plus international guests.


  • Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX

    Gloucester’s magnificent cathedral is a must see for anyone with a few spare hours. Its beauty wasn’t lost on film producers who used it as a setting for three of the Harry Potter films.

  • Gloucester Docks, GL1 2EH

    Stroll around Gloucester Docks and see the beautifully restored warehouses, colourful narrow boats and the occasional yacht or two. There’s also a range of shops, bars and restaurants to keep you occupied for most of the day.

  • Gloucester Brewery, Llanthony Rd, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EH

    Gloucester Brewery is based in a converted stables within the Heart of the Gloucester Docks. Pop in and sample some of their most popular beers including their Vanilla Porta and Gloucester Gold.


  • The Bus Station Café, Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DE

    For your prematch fry-up you might like to savour this cafe's £4.90 Mega Breakfast.

  • Peppers, Bull Lane, Gloucester GL1 2HG

    Eat in or take away, this café has an extensive range of hot meals, sandwiches and salads, all at reasonable prices.

  • Coal Grill and Bar, Merchants' Rd, Gloucester GL2 5RG

    With carefully sourced local meat, this restaurant will be sure to fill an empty stomach after an exciting day of rugby.


  • The Station Hotel, Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DE

    If you’re on a tight budget you might want to try this basic hotel which is right across the road from the train station. It’s ‘no frills’ but it’s in a great location.

  • The Edward Hotel, London Road, Gloucester GL1 3PG

    This traditional hotel is less than a mile from the stadium and has its own carpark. All rooms have Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs.

  • The New Inn, Northgate St, Gloucester GL1 1SF

    This beautiful 16th century coach house is comfy, clean and located right in the middle of town so you’ll be close to all the bars and restaurants.

Home to Premier League team Leicester City FC, the King Power Stadium is the 19th largest in the UK. The stadium has played host to Leicester Tigers on a number of occasions, and also provided the venue for South Africa to face a World XV to mark the centenary of the Springboks' first game abroad.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    The closest railway station is Leicester Train Station, some 2 miles from the stadium. Arriva bus 84, 84A and 85, Centrebus 302, and First Bus 88 connect the stadium with the city centre and rail station.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    If arriving by car from either the M1 or M69, exit at junction 21 (where the M1 and M69 intersect). Follow the signs for the city centre via the A5460. After almost 3 miles, turn right onto Upperton Road. From Upporton Road signs will guide you to the stadium.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    Car parking is available at the Filbert Street car park on a match-by-match basis for £16 per space. Spaces should be pre-booked before 12pm on the day before the match day by calling the City Sales Centre on 0344 815 5000 (option 1) or by visiting the City Fanstore at the stadium.

    There is also parking to be found on Freemans Common Business Park. The car parks are run in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre and are £3 or £4 depending on the location.

    Further parking is available in Leicester City Centre.


  • The Sir Robert Peel, 50 Jarrom Street, Leicester LE2 7DD

    Located a 15-minute walk from the stadium, this recently renovated pub serves traditional beers including cask ales, craft beers and real ciders with lots of choice on tap.

  • The Font, 52 Gateway St, Leicester LE2 7DP

    With its shabby chic interior, open plan layout and extensive diner-style food menu, this bar could be the coolest choice for your pre or post-match tipple.

  • The Western Pub, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE30GA

    This micro-brewery owned pub boasts 7 cask ales and ciders on tap, along with a large beer garden and log burning fire - so, a great venue whatever the weather on match day.


  • King Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St. Martin's, Leicester LE1 5DB

    There was much ado about the discovery of Richard III’s resting place back in August 2012. Now, no visit to Leicester would be complete without a trip to this renovated school building to relive the remarkable search for this elusive and mysterious monarch.

  • The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ

    You know something has been there a long time when they name the road after it. Such is the case with this impressive, 600-year-old timber framed museum and venue. Visit for the history and culture, or to catch a show.

  • Leicester Cathedral, 7 Peacock Lane, St Martins House, Leicester LE1 5DE

    This impressive building is not only a fine example of medieval architecture, but also the final resting place of Richard III.


  • CaféTwoTen, 210 Narborough Rd, Leicester LE3 0DL

    With a great selection of hot drinks, sandwiches and substantial breakfasts, this relaxed café provides a chilled-out atmosphere for a morning meal.

  • Soaring Eagle Spur Steak Ranch, Unit 2, Raw Dykes Road, Leicester LE2 7JU

    With good parking and fast service, this American-style steak house doesn’t just serve prime cuts of beef. Ribs, burgers and Mexican food are also on the menu.

  • Taste, Freeman's Park Campus, Aylestone Road, Leicester LE2 7LW

    If fine dining is your thing, you can get a three-course meal from just £16.50 per person! But be warned, Taste is a popular draw so booking in advance is a must.


  • The Castle Park Hotel, 12 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN

    Situated in the historic heart of Leicester, the Castle Park provides a central location and good value for money. Plus, it’s well within walking distance of pubs, restaurants and the stadium itself.

  • Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES

    This stunning Victorian building features traditional rooms but with all mod cons, including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities.

  • The Belmont Hotel, 20 De Montfort Square, Leicester LE1 7GR

    A family-run hotel set in a leafy Victorian conservation area with bed and breakfast as well as a AA 3* restaurant. Perfectly situated for those coming by train as the station is only a 5-minute walk away.

Etihad Stadium, also known as Eastlands, was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Following the games, the stadium was converted into a football stadium and is the home ground of Manchester City.


  • Nearby tube, train and bus stations

    The Metrolink runs from the city centre. The journey time from Manchester Piccadilly station is less than 10 minutes.

    A number of buses service the stadium, including numbers 53, 54, 185, 186, 216, 217, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, X36 and X37.

  • Nearby driving routes / recommendations

    The stadium can be best reached from the M60 (running east from the city). Take either junction 22 or 24, and drive east towards the city centre. From there on, follow the signs for Sportcity.

  • Nearby parking recommendations

    Pay on the Day parking is available on site at the Etihad Stadium on the Blue Car Park accessed from Alan Turing Way.


  • The Townley Hotel, Albert Street, Manchester M11 3QW

    The Townley is only a five minute walk away from the stadium and has a good atmosphere. It’s a favourite with Manchester City supporters.

  • The Angel, Angel Street, Manchester M4 4BQ

    The Angel is an award winning real ale pub which specialises in beer from small independent breweries.

  • The Shamrock Irish Bar & Grill, Bengal Street, Manchester M4 6AQ

    This traditional Irish pub apparently serves the best Guinness in Manchester. It also has one of the biggest beer gardens, seating up to 80 people.


  • The National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG

    In the home of two of the world’s most famous football clubs, you can explore the world's finest collection of football memorabilia, including the ball from the 1966 World Cup final.

  • The Coronation Street Tour, Water Street, Manchester M60 9EA

    Visit Manchester’s most famous cobbled street and have your picture taken in the Rovers Return.

  • Chill Factore, Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester M41 7JA

    Chill Factore is the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope. They also offer extreme sledging and snowscooting, which isn’t for the faint hearted.


  • The Koffee Pot, Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE

    For one of the best breakfasts in Manchester, The Koffee Pot offers traditional English fare and is popular with a few local celebrities, including the folks from the band Elbow.

  • Tony’s Chippy, Piercy Street, Manchester M4 7HY

    If you prefer your food on the go then Tony’s Chippy is just around the corner from the stadium. The menu is varied and the fish is freshly cooked to order.

  • 63 Degrees, High Street, Manchester M4 1HQ

    Enjoy the superb cooking and wonderful service in this family run Parisian-style brasserie. They also serve a great range of cocktails and single malt whiskeys.


  • The Crown and Anchor, Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EE

    The Crown and Anchor is a family run B&B just over a mile from the stadium and only five minutes from Piccadilly station. It’s also a pub, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

  • ibis budget Manchester Centre Pollard Street, 2 Pollard Street, Manchester M4 7DB

    Just one mile from the stadium, this budget Ibis has comfortable, cocoon style rooms and free Wi-Fi.

  • The Place Aparthotel, Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP

    This 4-star luxury apartment hotel is set in a beautiful converted warehouse. It has all the amenities of a 4-star hotel with the added bonus of self-catering,

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