Just in time for the Six Nations rugby, we’ve compiled this useful guide of where to eat, drink and visit when travelling to the host cities.
If you’re heading to Ireland, France or Italy, don’t forget to take your Euro Card with you – easily manage your spending money on the go through the FairFX mobile app or website. Make sure to also take out travel insurance and arrange your EHIC before you travel.
🇮🇹 Rome, Italy (Stadio Olimpico)
Italy v England 04/02/2018 (Round 1)
Italy v Scotland 17/03/2018 (Round 5)
Rome usually offers the best weather conditions out of the 6 nations – that’s the perfect excuse to get out and stroll the ancient, sun soaked streets and a good reason for an extended trip with your partner.
For great pizza, Lonely Planet suggest heading to Forno di Campo de’ Fiori in Centro Storico. And for great seafood checkout La Rosetta, hidden down a side street near the Pantheon. Both are located in the heart of the city, a short walk from Vatican City and a 30-minute bus journey from Stadio Olimpico.
Just like in Paris, it’s common for travelling rugby fans to congregate in the ex-pat pubs. Scottish pub, The Highlander on Vicolo di San Biagio, and Irish pub, The Abbey Theatre on Via del Governo Vecchio, are frequently referred to as the places to be on match day.
🇮🇪 Dublin, Republic of Ireland (Aviva Stadium)
Ireland v Italy 10/02/2018 (Round 2)
Ireland v Wales 24/02/2018 (Round 3)
Ireland v Scotland 10/03/2018 (Round 4)
Temple Bar (near to the River Liffey) is well known as Dublin’s tourist hot spot, and it would be an easy recommendation to fall back on, but Visit Dublin has some far more apt recommendations for travelling rugby fans.
The Bath, for example, is close to the stadium and is co-owned by retired rugby international Brian O’Malley.
And of course, if you’re heading to Dublin you have to check out the Guinness Storehouse – get a tour of the factory from €14 per adult and enjoy a self-poured pint of the black stuff (or red stuff, as your guide will explain).
🇫🇷 Paris, France (Stade de France/Orange Vélodrome – Marseille)
France v Ireland 03/02/2018 (Round 1)
France v Italy 23/02/2018 (Round 3)
France v England 10/03/2018 (Round 4)
The traditional rugby road is Rue Princesse, also known as the ‘rue du soif’ (thirsty street), which boasts three ex-pat pubs.
Rugby supporters also congregate in the pubs around the Grands Boulevards metro station, where places such as Corcoran’s and Café Oz have big screens.
If you’d like to soak up a little local culture when in Paris, head to the streets around Gare du Nord. This area has great transport links (incidentally where the Eurostar arrives from London) and you’ll find all kinds of great places to eat and drink.
To get a jaw-dropping view of the Parisian rooftops you could of course head to the Eiffel Tower, but for a slightly less touristy experience venture to Tour Montparnasse. Tickets to the top of the 210-metre office skyscraper start from €15 per adult.
🇬🇧 Cardiff, Wales (Principality Stadium)
Wales v Scotland 03/02/2018 (Round 1)
Wales v Italy 11/03/2018 (Round 4)
Wales v France 17/03/2018 (Round 5)
Cardiff’s station, stadium, hotels and best bars are all just a stone’s throw away from each other. That means the city is always busy on match day but there will of course be a great atmosphere.
The City Arms and The Old Arcade always seem to top the lists of best bars in Cardiff.
Cardiff also has a thriving food scene with plenty of varied cuisine for you to sample.
🇬🇧 Edinburgh, Scotland (BT Murrayfield)
Scotland v France 11/02/2018 (Round 2)
Scotland v England 24/02/2018 (Round 3)
Edinburgh is a city soaked in history and a trip to the Royal Mile for a wee dram of whisky is always a good idea before heading out to BT Murrayfield stadium. Take a tour of Edinburgh Castle and to discover the city’s rich heritage and to peer down on weathered streets below.
Scottish cuisine is far more than just haggis, neeps and tatties, check out some of TimeOut’s recommendations for the best places to eat.
🇬🇧 London, England (Twickenham Stadium)
England v Wales 10/02/2018 (Round 2)
England v Ireland 17/03/2018 (Round 5)
The Cabbage Patch is a favourite for local Harlequins supporters. The pub is only 100 metres from Twickenham train station and less than half a mile from the stadium. The streets between the station and the stadium are usually full of stalls on match day and are a great place to pick up some last-minute food as you walk to the game.
After the game, head to Richmond where there are plenty of sun-soaked (weather permitting) pubs and restaurants sat along the Thames.
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