See England in all its glory in our Rugby World Cup 2015 film and find out how to make the most of your own tour of the country.
It’s not long until the Rugby World Cup 2015 will be kicking off here in England. And as our new film shows, it’s a great opportunity to visit some of the country’s highlights. Here’s our guide to what you can see.
With matches set to be played at St James’ Park, Newcastle is a great base for exploring England’s greatest Roman monument. Hadrian’s Wall stretches 73-miles through the open countryside of Northumberland and Cumbria, and is surrounded by dramatic views of green fields and rocky crags. Walk along the coast-to-coast path following the wall that Roman soldiers built and patrolled in a bid to keep out invading Barbarians. Or hire a bike and cycle between the forts and museums that mark the route.
Hop on a train from London to the south coast and you’ll find the seaside gem of Brighton. The Regency town made famous by scooter-riding Mods in the 60s is still a hub for vintage shopping. Head to The Lanes for clothes and jewellery boutiques or try North Laine for quirky cafés and retro stores. Visit the Royal Pavilion to admire the exotic architecture and dominating chandeliers before heading to the pier for some fish and chips and a ride around the fairground.
From Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire you can see all things that make this county so full of character. The industrial heritage of the former weaving mills and rural market towns, surrounded by the beauty of the rolling Yorkshire Dales. The historic towns of Ripon and Skipton are excellent bases for exploring this part of the country where you can enjoy great home-grown food and the humour and friendliness of the locals. After a morning in the fresh air, head to Harrogate to follow in the footsteps of Georgian gentry, admiring regency architecture before stopping off at Bettys for indulgent desserts and a Yorkshire brew.
If you want to really soak up the sporting atmosphere there’s no better place than the home of England rugby, Twickenham. Head to the World Rugby Museum which houses the finest collection of rugby memorabilia in the world and Twickenham stadium, the fourth largest sports stadium in Europe and the largest venue in the world dedicated solely to rugby. From there you can easily head to central London and take in the sights and sounds of the capital city as you stroll down the South Bank where you’ll find all kinds of cultural landmarks including the British Film Institute and Shakespeare’s Globe.
After the excitement of any rugby game or the stress of any long journey there’s nowhere better to relax than Bath. Stroll along The Royal Crescent, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The sweeping row of 30 Grade I Listed terrace houses is one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the UK. Then head for a reenergizing spa day. The therapeutic waters of Bath have been washing people’s troubles away for centuries and still today you can enjoy the benefits of the UK’s only natural thermal springs. Take a dip in the steamy rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa and relax as you gaze out over the city’s picturesque skyline.
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