Kingsholm Stadium Guide | England Rugby Travel

Kingsholm Stadium

Gloucester rugby ground has an enviable history when it comes to international rugby. Kingsholm Stadium hosted its first Test match in 1900, when Billy Bancroft led Wales to a 13-3 victory over England. Kingsholm didn't host another international for 91 years and when it did, 12,000 fans watched world champions New Zealand score eight tries as they cruised past the USA 46-6 in RWC 1991.

Home to Aviva Premiership side Gloucester, Kingsholm Stadium is widely regarded as the noisiest crowd in the league, largely due to the boisterous inhabitants of The North Stand at the stadium, colloquially known as 'The Shed'. The club has no official nickname but are occasionally referred to as the 'Cherry and Whites' by supporters in reference to the traditional hooped shirts worn by the team.

Kingsholm hosted four pool Games in Rugby World Cup 2015.

Local Pubs 

As with most stadiums, Kingsholm offers a variety of bars and dining facilities within the stadium itself. However, there are also numerous pubs, bars and eateries nearby to choose from including the recently refurbished 15th Century pub the Coach and Horses (otherwise known as The Cider Tree) which offers more than 34 different types of draught and bottled ciders. If you fancy something a little more modern, The Haus, a contemporary coffee lounge, bar and restaurant offers quality wines and cuisine perfect for relaxing after a game.

For an authentic rugby atmosphere, the Kingsholm Inn, situated directly across the road from the stadium, appears to be a popular place for supporters to gather.

Local Attractions

Gloucester has plenty of sights to see and activities to take part in if you are making a weekend or just a day trip of your visit to Kingsholm Stadium.

If history is what you are looking for, the Norman Cathedral in the centre of Gloucester is a beautiful place to begin. This is also close to the main shopping area of the city which offers a wide variety of high street shops that you could easily get lost in for an afternoon. Gloucester Cathedral is also popular with tourists; entry is free!

Gloucester also has a unique dock area, full of chic apartments, cafes and shops to explore. A walk along the canal on a bright day offers beautiful views and photo opportunities.

There are also various museums available to the public in the city, including Gloucester Folk Museum and the National Waterways Museum.

Those looking for something a little further afield can find the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean nearby as fantastic areas to spend a day out.

Did You Know?

Kingsholm Stadium is sometimes referred to as 'Castle Grim' after the estate where the stadium stands. Gloucester Rugby purchased the land on which the stadium is built for the tiny amount of £4,000 in 1891.