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The stadium itself is Twickenham’s biggest draw, and it’s a must-visit for rugby fans whether there’s a match on or not. The World Rugby Museum can be found in the East Stand of the stadium, and features more than 25,000 objects relating to the history of the sport, along with regular guest exhibitions. You can also pick up official merchandise from the Rugby Store, located in the South Stand, including clothing, gifts and souvenirs.
You have several options for travelling to the UK by ferry, with routes to Dover from Calais and Dunkirk, and from Dieppe to Newhaven putting you within easy reach of London. You can drive directly from Dover to Twickenham in around an hour and 45 minutes via the M20 and the M25, or central London in around an hour. From Newhaven to Twickenham is around an hour and half drive.
Twickenham has long been famous as the home of rugby union in the UK, but it’s also home to a bustling and historic town centre and beautiful riverside scenery. If you’re more interested in beer gardens, you could visit Twickenham Fine Ales, one of the oldest microbreweries in London. You can take a tour of the brewery and learn how the beer is made, sampling the results as you go. For a pre-match pint, head to the Turk’s Head pub to soak up the atmosphere, and go for a traditional curry afterwards at Little Mumbai.
If you decide to stay in central London, you can easily reach Twickenham via the overground train from Waterloo, which takes just 20 minutes. Then it’s a quick five-minute walk to the stadium itself, or there is a free shuttle bus on match days. If you are driving to Twickenham from outside London, it’s accessible from the M25 via the M3 at junction 12.
There is limited parking at the stadium that quickly fills up on international match days, and local street parking is strictly for residents only. You can pre-book a parking space at the stadium, or you can try the offsite parking at Rosebine Avenue, just a 10 minute walk away, or the park and ride service from Hounslow Civic Centre.