RWC Venue Guide: Leicester

Date published: August 12 2015

Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, we explore the highlights in each of the host cities and venues.


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City highlights:
The city of Leicester is an historic place and where best to soak up the past than at the King Richard III visitor centre. Twinned with the Leicester Cathedral you can delve into the history of the city and the country by taking a journey back through time and the life of King Richard, discovering just how he helped shape the England of today.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, Leicester boasts the impressive National Space Centre just two miles from the city which includes a Rocket Tower, Spaceflight induction experience in 3D and a 360 degree Planetarium which allows you to travel around the solar system. If you fancy an out-of-this-world experience then this is definitely for you.

Where and what to eat:
Highcross Leicester is a popular destination for a spot of food with 15 restaurants, over 120 shops and a large cinema. The restaurants boast good variety for whatever your taste buds require from the mainstream chain in Nandos to the unique and different Bill’s restaurant, which offers more traditional English food.

Pre-match drink:
The Counting House pub is a popular choice for a pre-match drink with a large choice of craft ales and draft beer it isn’t difficult to see why. The pub has a big screen to take in any other sporting action of the day and is ideally located, just a five-minute walk from the stadium.

Post-match nightlife:
Heading back into the city centre after the action there is no better place to continue to party than Nine Bar. Based near the centre of Leicester, the bar offers a number of ales and a wide selection of cocktails to toast a victory for your side.

Leicester City Stadium: 
Located to the south-west of Leicester the stadium is home to Premier League club Leicester City. The venue is a recent build but already has a rich history of rugby union with the Leicester Tigers hosting six games at the stadium. The venue has also hosted a special centenary one-off match in 2006 when a World XV took on South Africa, with the Springboks running out 32-7 victors.

Getting there:
The stadium is a little way out of the city centre and is a 20-minute walk by foot from the city’s train station. There are several bus routes that pick up from the centre of Leicester and stop outside of the venue itself, including the 47 and 85 service.

The Leicester City stadium boasts a capacity of 32,312 and is a state-of-the-art all-seater facility primed and ready to host sporting events. The main use of the ground is for the football team, Leicester City, and although the stands are a little further back from the pitch compared to a more traditional stadium, that doesn’t stop the Leicester fans creating a raucous atmosphere, one in which will be on show when the World Cup descends onto Leicester soil.