25 Feb AA Roadwatch Travel Guide to Ireland v England in the Six Nations
Words by Doireann Garrihy
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The Irish team are preparing for a Six Nations test against England this Saturday at Twickenham, or Twickers, as it’s sometimes called. Twickenham is one of the largest stadiums in Europe with seating for a whopping 82,000 spectators. The hustle and bustle that comes with travelling alongside 81,999 other people is enough to stress anyone out, but luckily we’ve put together a handy guide to help travelling fans out.
GETTING TO TWICKENHAM
If you’re taking the car to Twickers, remember to book your parking in advance. The demand for parking will be exceptionally high so if you haven’t already booked, do so now. Car parking can be booked through the RFU eTicketing website.
There is also an off-site car park called Rosebine Avenue next to the Twickenham Stoop (Harlequins RFC) on the A316 (Chertsey Rd). This is about 10 minutes’ walk from the stadium and is also easy to get to if you’re coming into the stadium from both the M3 and M25.
As the stadium is located in a residential area, the parking is mostly reserved for residents. Any unauthorised vehicles will be towed away – the last thing you want after a good game. A company called JustPark offer spaces in the local area so do check them out.
If you’re looking for a stress-free trip then it might be a good idea to use one of the many Park & Ride options. You can park at Kempton Park, which has 3,000 car parking spaces, then take the dedicated rail/ bus shuttle to the stadium. You can also park at the Hounslow Civic Centre, where there are 500 car parking spaces and again, take the dedicated bus shuttle.
If you’ve decided to rent a car while you’re in London, don’t forget that you can rent a car with The AA. You can book it online here. Cars are available at almost every airport, city or ferry port worldwide, and it searches various companies who offer car rental.
For that extra peace of mind, make sure you have breakdown cover. For more information on European Breakdown cover, see our website. If you do break down in the UK, you can call the AA on 0800-88-77-66.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
There are regular trains to Twickenham train station from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Ascot and Windsor & Eton Riverside. It’s just a short walk from the train station to the stadium. When you come out of the station, turn right and then continue down Whitton Road. You could also get a train to Whitton, St Margarets and Hounslow stations, which are also in the vicinity of the stadium. The nearest Underground stations to Twickenham are Hounslow East for the Piccadilly Line, and Richmond for the District Line. There is then a shuttle bus between Richmond Station and the stadium, before and after the games.
As mentioned above, there’s an RFU shuttle bus between Richmond Station and the stadium, before and after matches.
London Bus also run regular services which pass close to the stadium: 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20. You could also take the R68, R70, 33, 110, 290, H22 or 490 to Twickenham town centre and then walk to the stadium, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
PLACES TO WATCH THE MATCH NEARBY
If you’re in London looking to watch the game but didn’t manage to nab a ticket, there are a number of pubs closeby that offer fun atmospheres.
The William Webb Ellis is a bar named after the man who apparently invented rugby so you’re sure to be treated to a great reception. This pub is part of the Whetherspoons chain so it is a little easier on the wallet in terms of both food and drink. You can also try and get your seat on one of the many comfy armchairs dotted around the venue – almost as good as a stadium seat!
Located less than 2km from the stadium is The Cabbage Patch. One of the first pubs you’ll see if you’re coming out of Twickenham train station, it’s a large pub which gets very busy when there’s a match on so long queues are likely. There’s usually plenty of banter between the fans and plenty of big screens to watch the matches on too.
Finally, “Faltering Fullback” in Finsbury Park is another popular spot, especially with Irish fans, probably because it’s managed by Irish people. This bar is somewhat of a quirky little spot with quite a cool, multi-tiered beer garden that never fails to impress the patrons. As well as decent screens to watch the matches, it also offers Thai food at reasonable prices.