A visit to the Twickenham Stadium is usually for one of two reasons – to attend a match, or go on a behind the scenes tour of the ground. Concerts are also regularly held at Twickenham in summer months. With 82,000 people or more attending the biggest events, it makes sense to plan ahead for a stress-free visit.
Twickenham Stadium is in south west London. Parking at the stadium is limited and public transport is the best option, especially on match days. Catch a train from Waterloo, which also connects with the rest of the London Underground network.
Twickenham is the largest rugby stadium in the world and a behind the scenes tour takes visitors to the Royal Box, the dressing room, pitchside and the famous tunnel. Tours run three times a day and advance booking is essential as places are limited on each tour.
A visit to the World Rugby Museum is included in the stadium tour but it can also be visited separately. The museum houses a collection of 38,000 objects, with famous artefacts such as the Calcullta cup and the world's oldest football jersey.
Twickenham Stadium is in a quiet, leafy London suburb but the attractions of the big city are just a short train drive away. Don't immediately rush back into the city centre though, as this part of London has a lot to offer.
Hampton Court was built for Henry VIII and is one of Britain's finest Tudor mansions. Visitors can find out about life in Tudor times from the costumed guides in the palace's interiors, get lost in the maze or explore the huge gardens. Workshops and special events often run during the school holidays.
The Royal Botanic Garden at Kew is a haven of tranquillity in busy London. The 300 acre gardens are a showcase of plants from around the world and the Victorian glasshouses are the world's biggest greenhouses.
Chessington is one of the UK's oldest theme parks and combines thrill rides with family fun and even a zoo and aquarium. There are 40 rides spread across 10 specially themed areas, animal shows and educational talks and plenty of places to eat, drink and do some shopping.