Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, we explore the highlights in each of the host cities and venues.
Saturday, September 19: South Africa v Japan
Sunday, September 20: Samoa vs United States
Based on the south coast, Brighton’s world renowned Victorian pier has a host of food outlets, shops, entertainment arcades and a traditional fairground which all adds up to the perfect day beside the seaside – not to mention the breathtaking view of the English channel.
If the beach doesn’t take your fancy the Sea Life Centre or the Toy and Model museums are fantastic alternatives. The Sea Life Centre has a wide variety of sea creatures including turtles, sharks and various other sea life.
The Toy and Model museum is situated underneath the town’s train station and boast one of the biggest exhibits in the world with over 10,000 models on display.
The Lanes, meanwhile, is full of boutique stalls, shops and bars, with the eye-catching Royal Pavilion is well worth wandering around.
Where and what to eat:
You can’t visit the seaside without visiting an award-winning fish and chip restaurant right? Well, Regency restaurant is the place for freshly-caught fish mixed with finely-cut chips – based on the seafront you’ll be wondering why you didn’t discover this hidden gem sooner. Seek the Choccywoccydoodah shop and cafe if you have a sweet tooth.
In the city centre there are plenty of options for a pre-match beverage or two. The Evening Star is ideally located just next to the train station if you are travelling from further afield, offering a variety of craft ales and fine wines.
The Font, which is based in the city centre, is the perfect place to continue to celebrations after watching a fine victory. The sports bar offers two big screens, pool, various draft beers and a good selection of food deals so you can continue the party long into the night.
Brighton Community Stadium:
Built in 2011, the stadium is primarily used by the city’s football club. Brighton and Hove Albion are the tenants of the £93m structure, which has won awards for its impressive design, and ply their trade in the second tier of English football.
The stadium itself is anything but second rate with state-of-the-art facilities and impressive views from wherever your seat is. The stands are spacious and comfortable and perfect for enjoying 80 minutes of Rugby World Cup action.
The stadium is quite a journey outside of the city centre but with frequent bus and train services you needn’t worry. The local train station, Falmer, is a 10-minute journey from Brighton’s main station in the city and the number 25 bus can be caught from Cardinal Square in the centre and will drop you at the door of the venue.
The Brighton Community stadium boasts and impressive capacity of 30,750. Although it is a fairly young stadium the venue already has a reputation for a strong atmosphere with the city’s football team, Brighton and Hove Albion, proving very difficult opponents when backed by the home crowd. The stands are a little further back than a traditional football ground but it certainly doesn’t lack character, a fine venue that will play its part in the 2015 World Cup.