Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, we explore the highlights in each of the host cities and venues.
Saturday, September 19: Tonga v Georgia
Wednesday, September 23: Scotland v Japan
Friday, September 25: Argentina v Georgia
Sunday, October 11: USA v Japan
Sitting on the River Severn, the beautiful cathedral city of Gloucester is a history enthusiast’s paradise and a picture postcard for quintessential England.
Aside from the cathedral itself, visitors can enjoy walking through limestone side streets and courtyards and taking in the historic docks, where modern meets medieval in the bars and restaurants housed in giant Victorian warehouses. Museum-goers won’t be disappointed either, and St Mary de Crypt is a must for historians.
For the thrill-seekers, the Ski Centre, which is a short distance from the city centre, also offers laser tag and go-karting, while there is also climbing walls and ten-pin bowling available. Shoppers will be able to choose from cute and quirky in the Cathedral Quarter or modern and trendy at Gloucester Quays.
Where and what to eat:
Gloucester Quays offers waterside dining in its own restaurant quarter with a combination of chain and independent outlets.
There are numerous pubs and bars nearby to the stadium, with the recently-refurbished 15th Century pub the Coach and Horses a particular highlight with its 34 different types of draught and bottled ciders. Meanwhile, The Haus offers a more laid back and modern alternative.
Eastgate Street in the centre of town should offer a bar or nightspot to suite everyone’s taste.
Stadium: Kingsholm Stadium
Kingsholm Stadium is the home ground of Gloucester Rugby union club and was the home of England before they settled at Twickenham. Though one of the smaller venues, it was a host ground for the 1991 World Cup when New Zealand faced USA.
As with many traditional English sporting venues, Kingsholm is located in the middle of a residential area. That can make it tricky to find, but find the A40 and you won’t miss it. It is also just a five-minute walk from the main bus station in Gloucester and a 10-minute stroll from the train station.
Though holding just 16,500, Kingsholm has an enviable history when it comes to international rugby and Gloucester is widely regarded as having the noisiest crowd in the Premiership.