Twickenham Stadium Guide | England Rugby Travel

Twickenham Stadium

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) purchased the land where Twickenham Stadium stands for just over £5,500 in 1907. Before the ground was bought, it was actually used to grow cabbages, and so Twickenham Stadium is affectionately known as the 'Cabbage Patch'.

The first game was played there in 1909, a battle between local sides Harlequins and Richmond. The first international game, England v Wales, took place on 15 January 1910 when the stadium had a maximum capacity of 20,000 spectators. Twickenham Stadium is the home of the RFU and is primarily a venue for rugby union games, the stadium hosts England's home test matches and was the host of the 1991 Rugby World Cup Final in which Australia beat England 6 –12. Twickenham is etched into rugby's DNA with thousands of great battles staged there with some jaw-dropping moments.

From England captain Bill Beaumont being lifted off the field after the 1980 Grand Slam to Phillippe Saint-Andre's incredible try for France in 1991 and Australia beating England in that year's Rugby World Cup final; every rugby fan has a Twickenham memory.

The World Rugby Union Museum is located in Twickenham Stadium and is a collection of the finest collection of rugby memorabilia in the world. It tells the history of the sport from its origins to the present day and includes interactive displays showcasing the history of William Webb Ellis.

You can support England at Twickenham during RBS 6 Nations. Don't miss Scotland v England in one of the most popular six nations fixtures.

Local Pubs

Pre-game drinks, post-game drinks, or just any time drinks, The Cabbage Patch Pub is arguably one of the most popular places for a rugby fan to be. Just a stone’s throw from the stadium, the pub takes its name from Twickenham’s famous nickname. The Cabbage Patch is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous rugby pubs, so it’s no surprise to find the place rammed on England match days. With a large beer garden to take the inebriated overspill and great food to soak up boozy excess, The Cabbage Patch is the favourite place to get into a merry mood!

Local Attractions

London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. West End Theatre, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum and the Tower of London will be just a fraction of your to-do list.

A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Harrods. Harrods is the world’s most famous luxury department store set in the lavish neighbourhood of Knightsbridge. Stretching across seven floors, you will find fashions and eateries to suit every taste.

The London Eye is Europe’s tallest observation wheel in the centre of London, and here you can experience breath-taking views of London’s iconic skyline, including the House of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the Shard.

Did You Know?

Twickenham Rugby Stadium saw the world’s first streaker at a major sporting event! In April 1974, Australian Michael O’Brien ran across the pitch naked as England played France. Police escorted him off the pitch, covering O’Brien’s ‘assets’ with a helmet!