If you are a rugby fan you don't need to be told what Twickenham is; the historic stadium on the outskirts of London has been the spiritual home of English rugby since 1909. The World Rugby Museum is housed in Twickenham stadium, and features the most extensive display of Rugby memorabilia in the world. This truly is a world museum, with exhibits tracing the history of this globally popular sport around the world.
One thing you will learn by visiting the World Rugby Museum is that the traditional story of how the game was founded is a complete myth! The traditional story is that a student named William Webb-Ellis was responsible for the birth of the Rugby football game when he decided to pick up the ball 'with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time' and run with it during a match. The only problem with this version is that it never happened - visit the museum and learn the real story!
Among the 10,000+ items in the museum collection are match programmes, letters, tickets, photographs, videos, equipment, jerseys, caps, stamp sets, musical instruments, rugby postcards, and rugby miscellany from all over the world. The original Calcutta Cup, the trophy traditionally awarded to the victor of matches between England and Scotland is also on display. Test your rugby skills in the 'Play Rugby' zone. Stadium tours take you from the dressing rooms to the Royal box.
The museum also maintains a very extensive set of historical archives which can be viewed by arrangement.
Tickets for both the museum and Twickenham stadium tours are available at the South Stand Rugby Store. Tickets are available for either attraction or both at once.
About World Rugby Museum
Address: Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, London, Greater London, England, TW1 1DZ
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: The nearest train station is Twickenham. The nearest underground stations are Richmond (District Line), and Hounslow East (Piccadilly Line).
Website: World Rugby Museum
Phone: 0208 892 8877
Photo Credit: Marathon, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Nearest station: Hounslow East - 1.4 miles (straight line) - Zone: 4