great places to visit off the beaten path.
On the 1st February 2018, the brand new World Rugby Museum in Twickenham officially reopened in a new location in the south stand. Since the stadium and museum are only a 20 minute train ride from Waterloo station it is well worth a visit since this is the iconic home of England Rugby, the largest rugby venue in the world.
Located in the south stand of the stadium is the World Rugby Museum (the largest in the world) and a great experience for all – whether a fan of rugby or interested in sports and the culture associated with them.
The World Rugby Museum tells the true story of rugby from around the world, following the game’s history from its origins to the present day. The museum includes the RFU and Harry Langton rugby collections covering iconic teams, such as the 1924 New Zealand side, the 1900s Wales teams, the 1971 and 1974 British & Irish Lions sides, as well as the 2003 England team. The museum displays memorabilia from around the world and from all eras, making it a must visit for all rugby fans.
Highlights of the museum include:
· Explore a glittering array of trophies including the Calcutta Cup made from 270 silver rupees
· Take up the challenge of discovering “What Kind of Rugby Player Are You?” in the Play Rugby Zone
· Re-live some of rugby’s most memorable moments with film and video footage
· See the oldest international rugby jersey
· “Choose your own World XV” interactive
Tour: The guided tour gives you access to some of the most exclusive parts of the Stadium, including entry to the England dressing room, the royal box and the players’ tunnel along with a view from the pitch side.
History: Rugby Football Union (RFU) started in 1871 and the collection provides insight and perspective from its founding to the current day. Over the years many rugby unions have donated items to the museum. As the collection grew, the RFU decided to put items on display. In the late 1970s and early 80s, display cabinets contained a small sampling of the collection, and then in 1983 a museum was built in the south stand to provide a permanent home. In 1996 the museum moved to the newly redeveloped east stand. In 2013 it reopened after renovation and reimagining.
Visiting Info: The Museum is open Tues-Sat 10:00-17:00, and Sun 11-5, as well as school holiday Mondays, last entry 16:00. Tours are at specific times and should be prebooked as these are subject to closures around stadium events. Museum adult entry: £12.50 or £25 (as of April 2018) if combined with a tour. Child prices and Concessions available. Tours times are at Weekdays (Mondays in school holidays only) 10:30; 12:30; 14:30; Sat 10:30; 12:00; 13:00; 14:30, Sun 11:30; 13:00; 14:30. Tours and Museum entry is at the England Rugby Store.
Located at: Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, Twickenham, TW2 7BA
Closest transit: RAIL: Twickenham (from London Waterloo). TUBE: (1) Richmond (District Line), then R68 or 33 bus to Twickenham, or (2) Hounslow East (Piccadilly Line), then 281 bus to Twickenham.
Photo Credits: The RFU Collection.