Oh how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
Jump on the 35 or 37 from Brixton town hall and it will deposit you just across the road from Clapham Junction station, where trains to the hallowed ground leave approximately every 15 minutes and on game days, there is usually an additional special service put on.
Walking to the platform you are ushered in a sea of rugby jerseys promoting university, international, national and local club teams. I relish the familiar butterfly feeling in my tummy as I survey the crowd of fellow supporters. Along with my new family we join the river of people that meanders it way to the stadium.
On the approach the sheer scale of the grounds is overwhelming but really it needs to be that big to fit the heart, spirit and passion of the game and the experience. There are food stands everywhere ranging from hot dogs, roast pig in a bun, fish & chips, pie and mash all sorts of lovely comfort food. Num num num!
It's such a great day out and very family friendly too. I have found very little in life comparable to the pleasure and enjoyment experienced when watching a game of rugby within the walls of the mighty Twickenham with a pint of Guinness in my hand - perfection.
The first time I went to Twickenham Stadium was for the Chime for Change concert in 2013. The concert was amazing.
The stadium is somewhat hard to get to. National Rail- one change. It's still fairly cheap. On the way home, there was an emergency with the trains, so that was difficult. Took about five hours on busses to get home. Had to wait forever to get on a bus!
Stadium has typical offerings of food in stadiums.
"Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home"
,the official anthem echoes around the cathedral of england rugby.
majestic, atmospheric and a fantastic experience, if you are a fan!
for others, it's a cauldron of noise and the cause of traffic jams come game days!!
did i mention you can shop there too?
the widest range of rugby merchandise under one roof.
even for fans, it's still best to visit when there's no game on!:)
Rugby, football, cricket, tennis... it doesn't matter what it is, that sensation you get (well I do, certainly) when you first see the turf and the crowd, you sense the excitement and smell the anticipation of a great contest. There's nothing like it.
Twickenham is just the same... added to that is that it's usually an international venue, making the match bigger, the prices higher and the whole experience much more memorable.
The ground itself is standing the test of time, and with the recent refurbishment, the facilities are good, especially the shop, mentioned by Nik T.
Access to and from the ground as well as space within it is good, so whilst there are thousands of fans, it doesn't feel worse than a smaller venue in that regard.
It's one on the London sporting map which is a must, preferably when England are playing a competitive game (i.e. not against the southern hemisphere!).
I love me some rugby and what a great place to watch it out at Twickenham! A quick 15-20 min ride from Clapham Junction, the stadium could have been built a bit closer to public transportation (it's at least a 15 minute walk before you are close to the stadium, never mind to where your seats are).
Once inside though you have a lot of food options right around the stadium (traditional food stands also in the alcove of the building itself), it's impressive as I'd rather have some choice than the usual standard yucky fried items most stadiums serve and limit their guests too.
Always a great atmosphere whether sitting in the Royal Box (why yes I have!) or the seats in the boonies... just great for rugby!
The home of English rugby. A great day out and a superb atmosphere.
Follow the crowds from the train station and you'll be at the stadium in not time, passing hot food stands and shops full of beer. Unlike football, it's ok to drink at the rugby, and it normally starts early! The car parks are renowned for their pre-match picnics and BBQ and the pubs of Twickenham will be full to capacity and spirits are high.
The stadium itself is huge and there aren't many bad seats to be found. Although you'll have to queue, there are plenty of bars and toilets and things tend to run smoothly.
It's expensive to get tickets for England games, but start with something like Army vs Navy or the London Sevens for a great way to get involved.
As a proud Welshman a visit to Twickenham ("Twickkers" or HQ as an English rugby fan would say) should be like kryptonite to me especially given Wales' shoddy record there over the past 30 years but I actually enjoyed my experience. This was probably helped by Wales winning the Triple Crown that day.
The atmosphere was pretty good even though the sound of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" sounds like fingernails down a blackboard to me and the few of the pitch from the upper tier is unobstructed.
The only downside is that it can be a pain to get in and out of the area as there is only a national rail station in the vicinity as opposed to Tube stations like at Wembley. Even after several hours of soaking in victory the trains back to central London were still packed. This is the fundamental flaw behind the large London stadiums and that's why Cardiff's Millennium Stadium always provides the better match day experience.
Ah! The home of England Rugby, you cant beat being there, whether England win or lose, the atmosphere is just electric. But dont just stick to the shops and food trucks, if you wander around the west car park, you can absorb the atmosphere here before and after the game. just do some people watching and you might just possibility just spot some of the players past and present and the odd celeb'
They also have a museum and have organised tours around the stadium, obviously not available on match days, but they are worth considering.
I can only give it 4 stars as a brilliant stadium it may well be, but its the home of English rugby - meaning it's the home of all that is bad in the world. The good guys live at Murrayfield of course (and if you haven't been to Murrayfield for Scotland vs England - beg or steal yourself a ticket as that it what big match atmosphere is all about)
On Twickenham though it really is an impressively designed stadium and has a really good atmosphere now they have rebuilt the last stand - I was pleasantly surprised by how good the views were from up in the gods when I went to watch England vs France before the World Cup. They could do with sorting out the drinks stands at half time though, that and get some better beer partners in!
Is it great or not?, on it's day it's the best. It depends who is playing , and who is winning!
Start the day in the West car park, there's always a very friendly atmosphere, if it's going to be fine go a couple of hours early and see the atmosphere build up, chat to other fans from any team. it's far better than the soulless bars in the stadium.
The 'Sevens' days are great for a group , but are best if the weathers fine.
The crowd has improved in the last few years, more vocal and supportive, they used to be criticised for being subdued.
The Varsity match in December is not what it was not sure of it's future.
Ticket prices seem to keep climbing, and not just for good seats, but there's such a demand.You can leave sometimes thinking it wasn't gret value.
I went to see REM at Twickenham not to long ago, and I really enjoyed myself. Its a great venue, and even though it's so vast it doesn't feel empty and soulless like some other arena venues.
I can imagine it would be brilliant for watching the rugby because even though we were sitting really high, I felt really close to the pitch.
Definitely a good place to go an see a gig, although next time I think I would prefer to be standing rather than sitting, just to be a bit closer to the action.
I've only been here to see gigs, but was very impressed with the facilities, layout & overall quality on buth occasions.
The first time we went by road & I was alarmed at how much local parking was (£20 in local schools, playing fields etc).
The second time we opted to use public transport which was very easy & more relaxed.
Locally Richmond was a delightful district to have a few drinks/something to eat before the show.
As the home of English rugby Twickenham Stadium is steeped in history. The Stadium itself isn't that old as it has been redeveloped in recent years and the whole area is absolutely packed when an international rugby match is on. Probably best avoided when a game is being held there.
They also do large gigs there such as the Rolling Stones, so its not necessary to be a rugby fan in order to go. Generally is not the most spectacular of venues but it serves its purpose OK.
As stadia go, Twickenham is top-notch.
For sports, you'll have to go a long way to find a stadium that can accommodate so many people whilst still giving (almost) everyone a decent view of proceedings. And, of course, for a big rugby match, the atmosphere can be fantastic.
For music, I have never been to a stadium with such good sound (from standing on the 'pitch' area -- I've never sampled the sound from the stands). It knocks the socks off the newer, but acoustically awful, Wembley.
Catering outlets, especially beer-related ones, are plentiful. Sure, there's a bit of a queue sometimes, and of course it's all over-priced, but what do you expect?
So what's the catch? Well, the biggest problem with Twickenham Stadium the colossal unsuitability of the transport options for getting there, or more-significantly, back. At best it's painful, at worst it's just impossible.
The 'main' transport option for Twickenham is the railway station, located 15-30 minutes walk away (depending on which part of the stadium you're in, and how fast you're able to walk through the huge crowds). The station, and train service that serves it, is just not suitable for ferrying 80 to 100 thousand people into London, so expect huge queues to even get within sight of the station after the event.
The 'alternative' option of a fleet of free double-decker buses shuttling to and from Richmond Station can sometimes be a smarter move. However, with local roads invariably gridlocked, it's not a perfect solution.
Bottom-line, go there to enjoy a great match or concert, but don't expect to be able to get back into London within a couple of hours.
Great venue for rugby fans!
Beers, hot dogs and toilets easily accessible wherever you sit so all you need for an excellent day watching rugby!
Went here and watched England vs South Africa, great game except SA won ;)
To get to the venue I took the tube to richmond and then walked for about 30 min. There are buses but hey it's not too far... Just don't come with a car, that seemed to be a nightmare :p
Twickenham the home of Rugby! It's a fantastic venue when it's packed to the rafters, and the crowd is in full voice.
I have been there a number of times, the beer is good, the seats are ok for a match, but not when I went for a rugby sevens all dayer!
My first time to Twickenham recently, and although England lost - what a great stadium! The atmosphere was fantastic (much better than Wembly) which added enormouslyto the overall enjoyment of the game.
As always with these types of places you know you are going to be paying top price for relatively poor food which is always a shame. I know you dont go to Twickenham specifically to eat but needs must - and the sooner someone comes up with a way of getting the quality & volume i think they would increase their business.
Anyway, back to the stadium - our seats were some of the lower priced ones available but still offered a great viewpoint for the whole game. The only thing to better it ... the win next time!!!
Twickenham Stadium you cannot miss, it's in the heart of Twickenham. It is mainly a Rugby Stadium, but is also used for some concerts.
I work here during events and I like it. It is a 15 min walk if that from the station itself.
You need to be careful if you have never been not to confuse Twickenham Stadium and the Twickenham Stoop Stadium, which is much smaller and is used mainly for Harlequins and teams like them.
Well, its where it all happens eh?!
I visited Twickenham in the summer (one weekend when the weather was actually fantastic!) to see Bon Jovi and had a fantastic time.
We had to park miles away from the venue and walked what felt like forever at the time but it was worth the journey.
The stadium itself is huge and as it was so busy the atmosphere was fantastic. The staff were helpful and friendly and we made use of the mobile drinks sellers that were walking around.
I found the toilets to be ok and not too busy which was good as the toilets at old Wembley were horrendous.
If you wanted to eat and drink in the venue you had a price to pay which was way over the odds, I think chips cost me about £2.50 and they were rubbish.
Bon Jovi were on top form as always and my experience of Twickenham was a good one.
Enjoying a Six Nation's game in person is a great treat, and catching that tie @ Twickenham was perfection.
Ireland - v- England... !! Now that's quality
Great enviornment, great supporters, and world class rugby sides= Best sporting event I've seen in 10+ years...
There's nothing wrong with Twickenham, but there's nothing great about it, either. It's a massive oval concrete structure for seeing rugby and huge rock acts (I've seen U2, the Stones, and the Police here). It's got a lot of narrow pinch-points in entryways and staircases (and there are a lot of staircases) that don't make for good crowd flow. But there are lots of toilets and bars. It's very handy that the stadium puts on free buses to take people to and from the train station in nearby Richmond, because getting close to the stadium during an event is impossible.
I visited the stadium on friday to watch bon jovi, the place is massive loads of food and drink outlets throughout. I had a totally fantastic time.
I went to see Iron Maiden here and it was definately one of the best gigs I have been to. They run a regular bus service from Wimbledon station so it is quick and easy to get to. Despite being a sold out show there was no line to get in as all gates are fully manned. The Stadium is really massive so I am glad we got standing tickets! There were plenty of loos which means you don't have to miss much of the action if you need to go. The bars were all open and their was very little wait time for drinks. Overall the atmosphere was great, the sound was very clear and we had a great time, Twickenham provided a great concert experience.
Visited Twickenham over the summer to see a Bon Jovi gig, and found it a really horrible experience. As usual, in these sporting grounds, there are 5 male toilets to every female toilet, meaning that long queues of women missed half of the gig if they needed to go. There were no healthy food places inside the ground, only junk food, which was annoying, and even for them, the queues were enormous. I know that's only to be expected, but the day that a stadium is made female-friendly, would be wonderful indeed! The gig was fantastic, incidentally!
The stadium itself is impressive, although completely lacking atmosphere if only half full (eg. England vs. Pacific Islanders rugby). And yes, food is expensive, but not nearly so much as Wembley. My one gripe would be with the licensing rules - what is the point of closing the bars 30 minutes before kick-off only to open them again immediately afterward? I would like to take a drink with me to my seat and not have to either turn up an hour beforehand and balance pints as the crowd builds or miss half the first half standing in a queue attempting to decipher the sounds of the crowd to work out the scoreline.
I have actually visited Twickers before & after the rebuilding, to watch Navy/Army matches, which considering are not cup or international games, the attendancy is fantastic, that includes the atmosphere. People travel from all over the country, it is a very long day for some, but well worth it, as you may bump into someone you have not see for quite a while. I am a Scots!
The statue outside the front is awesome, eyecatching.
The ladies toilets are always a problem though, even though extras are put up throughout the car parking areas.
Had to come and look while i was here as its quite a famous place. But oh my from the outside its a real eyesore! Im sure its lovely inside though. Just a shame they couldn't make it blend in a bit somehow
One cashpoint is not enough for a 70,000+ capacity venue but other than that and the very long queues for toilets, the place us great. I love the atmosphere and there are plenty of food outlets to choose between. Stewards are efficient and well trained which is rare these days and I saw them dealing with issues rather than standing gawking at the event.
I love the rugby shop onsite as well; great merchandise!!
You can get very good value tickets for games at times so it is well worth going.
Twickenham stadium is very easy to find. On event day the area is patrolled by extra police for crowd control & it works a treat. I have never seen any kind of disturbance at twickenham or in the surrounding areas. I usually attend for rugby games & there are well staffed bars (you dont have to wait ages for a drink) and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, although this can be expensive. If you prefer a cheaper option, stock up from the burger vans on the way to the stadium.
The fortress itself. I visited here recently and each time its still as amazing as it was the first time I went. The seating is well laid out, its easy to get to your relevent seats without causing too much fuss to other people. The car parking is a bit of an issue so i find it best to park in the town and walk to 10 mins or so to the ground. The food inside is dear and I would recommend taking a picnic bag with you as it will also ssave you so much time in queuing on match days when hungry. The shop carries a good range of products which are expensive, but then arent all sporting relicas?
I went to Genesis last ever tour here a few years ago, the seats were really good here. The sound at the venue is great
A few of us came here in the summer to see Bon Jovi and it wasn't a wholely bad experience.
The walk from the station felt like it took an age (though I guess that may have something to do with how ill I was feeling thanks to huge night out before!). Based on recommendations from friends that had previously attended events here, we chose to get something to eat from a cheap-ish chinese shop about 5 mins away.
When we arrived we had to walk what felt like an additional few miles until we found the gate we had to enter through, only to find that they'd changed where we needed to sit!
Once inside though, I found it to be quite a nice stadium, I'm assuming its great for the purpose of which it was designed (ie to watch rugby) but for watching a gig that starts during sunlight hours its not quite right - you can't really see anything on the stage if you're up on the seats whilst the sun is shining and you end up desperately waiting for it to get dark so they can turn the lights on and give you the proper experience.
I had a good look around whilst inside - toilets weren't too bad - kiosks were overpriced but nothing out of the ordinary for this kind of place.
I have literally been here at least 30 times i absoloutly love the stadium and for those who share my love for rugby this is a must see. There is also a small rugby museum that is very educational and a shop with a wide veriaty of shirts(from all teams)and other rugy memorabilia. It can be quite manic to get through the crowds on the way home but the atomosphere is friendly and dispite people drinking there is not sense of threat.
Twickenham Stadium is the home og English rugby, and I recommend a trip to watch a game if you are a rugby fan. When England play you are generally guarenteed a full house, and a great atrmosphere!
I went to twickenham to see Iron Maiden, the stadium itself is very impressive just by the size of it. Inside the stadium just gets better as you get a good feeling of tradition.
As expected at a concert, the beer/food is expensive. Merchandise stands are found inside and outside the stadium.
The sound quality around the stadium was poor with the wind swirling around the stadium, and spoilt the gig somewhat. I'd imagine the atmosphere would be brilliant for a rugby and would definatly consider going, though i do feel it needs improving for me to go to a gig there again and put it on par with the new Wembley.
i went to watch the varsity match last year it was a good day out and a very big stadium it was sunny so that was alright but the only down side was the food was well over priced and so was the beer all in all good day out fun and laughter
this is a great stadium and a good venue for any rugby match, getting in always seems to be fine and there are never that many queues to be checked etc. getting out however is a different story and if you are going by train i would advise leaving five or ten minutes early as otherwise you will have a long wait. even if you go for a drink afterwards the queue can still be very long. apart from this it is a good place with a great atmosphere, especially with the new stand now completed.
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