World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours
There is nowhere in England more important to rugby union than Twickenham Stadium. Home to England Rugby and the World Rugby Museum (WRM) – this is the ultimate experience for the rugby enthusiast.
The World Rugby Museum gives a unique insight into this magnificent sport.
People of all ages and nationalities can follow the history of the game from its origins in Rugby School to the present day. Discover why people love rugby, from the grassroots game to the elite sport, and get the stories behind some of the greatest players, matches and tries - with a little humour thrown in.
Highlights of the WRM include:
• Play Rugby Zone – Take up the challenge of this new interactive area by testing your skills including speed, strength and kicking prowess, to find out “What Kind of Rugby Player Are You?”.
• A glittering array of trophies including the Calcutta Cup, the intricately beautifully engraved trophy made from 270 silver rupees for which England and Scotland have competed since 1879
• Film and video footage allowing you to re-live some of rugby’s most memorable moments.
• The world’s finest collection of rugby memorabilia – over 25,000 iconic objects dating back to the beginning of the game.
Twickenham Stadium is the fifth largest sports stadium in Europe and the largest rugby venue in the world.
Want a sneaky peak behind the scenes?
Our guided tour gives you access to some of the most exclusive parts of the Stadium. Have a seat in the England dressing room, absorb the atmosphere in the royal box and imagine the roar of the crowd as you run out of the players’ tunnel to take in the view pitch side.
Museum, Heritage site, Library
Tuesday – Friday – 11:00 13:00 15:00
Saturday – 10:30 12:00 13:30 15:00
Sunday – 12:00 14:00
Open Bank Holiday Monday's
There may be changes to normal hours abound Twickenham event days. Also closed on normal Mondays, Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve, Chistmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day.
Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tour tickets:
Concession (+60s, students with ID) £15
Child (5-15) £12
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £50
(Please book tours in advance to avoid disappointment)
Family £25 (2 adults, 3 children)
- Museums Association
THe Library is open to the public by appointment only.
This collection has been acquired over the years from international players, families, clubs and collectors, or has been bought by the Museum at auction.
Since the birth of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 1871 a wealth of rugby memorabilia has been accumulated. Dusty minute books and faded letters; early match programmes and tickets for memorable games: the fascinating array of gifts from other unions. In more recent times, with a more deliberate acquisition policy, our collection has developed to include historical and contemporary photographs, videos, artworks, equipment and other miscellaneous objects.
The main themes of collection:
•Famous players’ memorabilia/objects (from any nation)
•Early development of the game, artefacts of historical importance
•Artwork with a rugby theme, or relevance to rugby history
•Miscellaneous objects highlighting humour and the social aspects of the rugby lifestyle
•A library of rugby match programmes
•Archival items focusing specifically on the RFU, England and Twickenham Stadium
Sport, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Imporant rugby art works by W.B.Wollen. Harry Langton collection of rugby artefacts. W.W.Wakefield collection of artefacts. Numerous rugby trophies including the Rugby World Cup 3/4 replica.
Twickenham Stadium Arts Tour
- 15 June — 29 December 2016 *on now
The World Rugby Museum Twickenham Arts Tour lasts 90 minutes focusing on Twickenham Stadium’s extensive collection of sculpture and paintings, as well as the specialised modern interior design that can be found in the South Stand’s corporate facilities and the England dressing room.
The Arts Tour attracts interest from a wide range of groups beyond traditional rugby fans, including art students and enthusiasts.
Highlights include: Tommy Steele’s Union sculpture; Gerald Laing’s Core Values sculpture; Gerald Laing’s Spirit of Rugby sculptures; a selection of William Barnes Wollen’s paintings including The Roses Match, Harry Gray’s Rose & Poppy Gates and the modern corporate interior design in the South Stand hospitality areas and the inspirational interior design in the England dressing room.
The latest edition to the collection is the Rose & Poppy Gates part of the RFU’s World War 1 commemorations created by Artist & Sculptor Harry Gray and unveiled in April 2016. Harry Gray specializes in permanent artworks where concept, and the relationship of the work to the site enjoy equal importance. The piece incorporates 15 roses at the foot of the gates, with the 15th rose on each gate representing the man at the front, and forms the lock. A bronze bar at head height suggests the point where soldiers went over the top, beyond it the roses become poppies, each made from brass taken from shells fired by German artillery at the Allied trenches.
Tour available to pre-booked groups (15+) Adult £18, Senior £13.50, Student on educational tour £10.80 (+ free adult supervisory place per 8 children). Prices are inclusive of 10% group discount. Course co-ordinators or group bookers are able to tailor their own tour from a menu of options, including sculpture, painting and interior design. For more information, or to book, please call the World Rugby Museum on 020 8892 8877 or email email@example.com
More about the artists
Harry Gray, Artist & Sculptor specializes in permanent artworks where concept, and the relationship of the work to the site enjoy equal importance. All the projects evolve from a close working relationship with the client and other design professionals. www.harrygray.co.uk
Gerald Laing, Artist & Sculptor Laing's career took him from the avant-garde world of 1960s pop art, through minimalist sculpture, followed by representational sculpture and then back full circle to his pop art roots. www.geraldlaing.com/
Tommy Steele OBE is an English entertainer, sculptor, artist and author. Regarded as Britain's first teen idol and rock and roll star, he reached number one with "Singing the Blues" in 1957. He is a respected sculptor who’s work includes Eleanor Rigby which he sculpted and gave to the City of Liverpool as a tribute to the Beatles. He is also an artist of some note and has exhibited at the Royal Academy.
William Barnes Wollen (1857–1936) was an English painter mostly known for his paintings of battle and historical scenes and sporting events.
Tour available to pre-booked groups (15+) Adult £18, Senior £13.50, Student on educational tour £10.80 (+ free adult supervisory place per 8 children). Prices are inclusive of 10% group discount.
Lest We Forget - Rugby & WW1 | Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum Visit
- 9 August 2016 1:30-3:30pm
- 18 September 2016 1:30-3:30pm
- 15 November 2016 1:30-3:30pm
Shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914 the Rugby Football Union called on all rugby union players to enlist and cancelled all club matches for the duration of the war this resulted in 90% of all rugby union players enlisting. Tens of thousands players died including 27 players capped for England.
The tour tells the stories of these players the lasting approximately 90 minutes the tour will take in all the key areas of the stadium from the VIP rooms, England dressing room to the pitch side, followed by a visit at leisure to the World Rugby Museum.
Group tours (15+ people) can be booked during the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 1 July - 18 November 1916 call to book.
Adult £20, Senior/Student £15, Child £12 - Senior 60+, Students with Valid ID, Children 5-15 years
Meet the Groundsman - Twickenham Stadium Tour (Kids)
- 23 August 2016 From 12pm
Keith Kent, Twickenham Stadium, Headgrounds man used to cut his mum and dad’s lawn when he was a boy. He loved sport and, in particular Leicester City football club. When his mum saw an advert in the Leicester Mercury for a trainee groundsman at the club Keith applied. He says he thinks he got the job because of his enthusiasm, he clearly wanted it so much. Keith says that not everyone who loves sport can be a player but there are many roles available which keep you close to the sport you love.
Having trained at Leicester, he applied to become Head Groundsman for Manchester United and was there during a very successful 15 years, when they won many trophies, including the unique treble of the European Cup, the League and the FA Cup (in 1999). He got to know many famous footballers and the renowned Sir Alex Ferguson.
Keith arrived at the RFU in 2002 and has overseen a complete replacement of the Twickenham turf. There are three groundsmen in total and he also oversees and helps the groundsman at the Pennyhill Park team base, where they have a state of the art pitch. Keith says the RFU may one day take on a trainee groundsman and the children visiting to hear his story might one day become one.
Tour includes a mini behind-the-scenes tour of the England Rugby dressing room, players’ tunnel and the view from the royal box, a special “meet and greet” session and World Rugby Museum visit.
Adults £20, Child £12, Family £50 (2 adults & up to 3 children), Concession £15
World Rugby Museum and Twickenham Stadium Tours
020 8892 8877