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Rugby Stadium Tours

Ah, Twickenham. Home of the Twix, or the most iconic rugby stadium in the world? You’ll find out when you book a backstage Twickenham tour for two with Wish! Our stadium tours take in all of the areas that are normally completely off-limits to visitors, apart from the really famous ones.

Sniff the dressing rooms, muck about in the tunnel* and enjoy a breathtaking birds-eye view of the famous pitch. Our stadium tour also includes entry to the museums which you are free to explore at the end of the day.

* Note: Mucking about may be frowned upon.

FAQs

Q: Oh how I love rugby. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you how much I love to rug.
A: That’s great, as we have a tour of the most iconic rugby place going.
Q: The waste ground just off Abingdon Road, near the Jet petrol station?
A: No, we mean Twickenham! The home of Ruggers, Ruggo and Rugglies!
Q: Wow, as a fan of rugby (which I believe we’ve established I am) that grows me most excited. What can I do there?
A: Tour it! You’ll see the bits that usually only the biggest stars of rugby and Twickenham staff and possibly their friends get to see.
Q: Such being?
A: How does the sound of the England dressing room, the Royal Box, the tunnel and the breathtaking view from the top of the North Stand strike you?
Q: I’m a gibbering wreck of happiness, is there more?
A: We are just getting warmed up. You’ll enter the Play Rugby Zone, where you can test your speed, strength and kicking prowess on our interactive skills games. And the museum contains a glittering array of trophies, film and video footage, over 25,000 iconic objects from the history of the sport.
Q: I already have nine questions. No, wait, ten. Can I fire them away at someone on the day?
A: Oh yes. We have an expert guide who will not only tell you which bits to see and press but will also astound you with their expert knowledge.
Q: How long does it last? And please say forever.
A: Sadly no. You can expect the tour to last one hour and fifteen minutes, though you’ll be free afterwards to spend time in the museum and the shop.
Q: Though I don’t have children yet, I may now have some, just so I can take them on this tour, will that be great?
A: There’s no minimum age for Twickers tour. Under 5’s enjoy free entry with an accompanying adult. All Under 18s must have a paying adult with them. If you are considering bringing along your ever growing brood, you might consider getting a Family Ticket.
Q: Right I’m off there now, see ya!
A: No wait. Booking in advance is essential and the tour only runs on certain days. It won’t be happening during match days or other events, so check what days are available with your supplier.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The sport of rugby is named after Rugby School, where the game was first played. The game is said to have been invented in 1823 when William Webb Ellis caught the ball while playing a game of football. So we are lucky not to be playing Willy Ball right now.
  • 2. Initially, the balls were plum-shaped due to the shape of pigs' bladders that they were made from. So there’s a new game where you have to touch the ball and they decided to make it out of the bladder of a pig? Public Schoolboys are weird.
  • 3. The wife of Richard Lindon, a man who made balls for Rugby School in the 19th Century, died after breathing in the air from too many infected bladders. Which sounds like a Midsomer Murders’ case if I’ve ever heard one.
  • 4. The reigning Rugby Olympic champions are the United States, who won gold the last time it was played in the 1924 Paris Olympics. So I’m surprised they haven’t started a ‘Word Series’ of Rugby, just like their ‘World Series’ of baseball that they only play over there.
  • 5. The first time a national anthem was sung before a sporting event was at the rugby game between Wales and New Zealand in 1905. And it has been a patriotic occasion, used to have a quick wee before a game, ever since.
  • 6. The same whistle is used to kick off the opening game of every Rugby World Cup tournament. It is the Gil Evans whistle used by the Welsh referee overseeing a match between England and New Zealand in 1905. I hope they’ve washed it in the intervening years.
  • 7. Rugby is the national sport of 3 countries: Wales, Madagascar and New Zealand. Though the games in Madagascar include far more hilarious, wise-cracking jungle animals.
  • 8. Tries are so-called because originally a player wouldn't receive any points for crossing the line but they did gain the opportunity to try and kick for a goal. And not because you have to ‘try’ and stay awake during the rest of the game.
  • 9.This Sporting Life, the 1960 film with Richard Harris as a rugby player, also starred William Hartnell. The film brought Hartnell to the attention of Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert, who made him the first Doctor. I don’t know what his performance in this gritty northern drama screamed ‘Time Travelling Humanoid Inter-Dimensional Weirdo’ but it did.
  • 10. Famous former rugby players include US Presidents Bush and Clinton, actors Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem and wrestler Andre the Giant. I think if I looked on the opposition team sheet and saw the words ‘Andre the Giant’ I’d probably consider taking up another sport.