After recently being voted top of the list of the most attended global sporting events pro-rata (UEFA 2017 report) with an average of 72,000 per game with over 1 million guests stepping through the turnstiles at all 15 games during the Championships last year – there is no denying the prominence of the social-experience-juggernaut that is the RBS Six Nations. France, Italy and Scotland will be greeted by the passionate roar of 82,000 fans when they play England at Twickenham Stadium over the next few weeks and certainly the whole day itself – not just the rugby! – will be an experience to savour.
With all that in mind, we have some little tips around the key aspects of your trip to Twickenham, which hopefully will result in you day being more convenient and enjoyable.
How to get to Twickenham Stadium
The most convenient method is to take the fast train from London Waterloo to Twickenham Station. There are slower services as well, with Clapham Junction on route, but if you want to get a seats (trains are usually packed worse than scrum time!) then we would advise to go to Waterloo at first instance. 15 minutes walk to Twickenham from the station.
Very popular from Richmond station as they are free however as you would expect there are long queues outside Richmond to get a lift before the game. You can walk from Richmond station to Twickenham Stadium, it will take around 25 minutes. Post-game there are free shuttle buses available which go direct to London Waterloo with the journey taking around 45-50 minutes, and sometimes quicker than the train, as you avoid the particularly long queues at the station. Twickenham stewards around the stadium will be able to guide you to their location.
Car Park & Ride
There is no dedicated spectator car parking at or anywhere near the stadium (exceptions do exist) so would strongly recommend public transport (or Taxi!) as being the best way in and out of Twickenham. If you have booked corporate hospitality then some facilities will offer car parking as part of the inclusions (i.e. our Lewis Moody VIP Club comes with car parking for guests).
Other Hints & Tips
We would advise bringing cash as not all food and drink outlets take cards around Twickenham. There are stringent bag checks as you go into the stadium so we would recommend travelling light to avoid delays at the security turnstiles. In extreme cases, as an example, if you have come straight from the airport with a 20kg suitcase then you won’t be allowed into the grounds or stadium. Check the weather conditions on match day –it can get bitterly cold (especially for any little rugby fan!) so be sure to plan accordingly.
Where to Eat & Drink at Twickenham Stadium
Recommendation Option: West Car Park
Whilst there are plenty of food and drink outlets set up around the stadium – each with their best sales pitch to entice you in! – there is only one quintessentially ‘Twickers’ rugby experience for any rugby fan; the iconic West Car Park. One for the real rugby fans, this culinary paradise offers a smorgasbord of dishes from around the world – traditional and contemporary, exotic and basic, and then some! You will often see bands walking around playing songs as well as the military practising unfolding the flags of both teams in preparation for the national anthems inside the stadium pre kick-off. If the rain holds off, be sure to head over past the West Stand of Twickenham and soak in all the atmosphere – you won’t regret it!
We at Paragon are happy to advise about all things rugby-related at Twickenham – from logistics, to entertainment to ultimately all hospitality facilities – so please do get in contact if you would like to know any further information or if you are planning ahead to the Autumn Internationals later on in 2017.