TORONTO, August 26, 2013 – VisitEngland congratulates Canada on its Rugby World Cup qualifying match win on Saturday, August 28, 2013 at Toronto’s BMO Field. The national tourist board for England also invites Rugby fans to visit the country for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, taking place in England in September and October 2015.
Will Canada continue its winning streak in the 2015 RWC? Visitors are encouraged to take in the action across England as pool matches against teams such as France and Italy unfold in some of the country’s top cities including Leeds, Milton Keynes and Leicester. Meanwhile, Canada’s first match, against recent rivals Ireland will take place in Cardiff’s iconic Millennium Stadium in Wales. Rugby enthusiasts and novices alike are invited to enjoy what promises to be a spectacular series at some of the UK’s most iconic rugby venues.
To plan your visit, go to www.visitengland.com.
Your guide to the host cities in England…
One of Yorkshire’s most cosmopolitan cities, Leeds is renowned for its fascinating museums and cultural offerings, impressive country houses and as a gateway to the North of England. Nearby attractions not to be missed include West Yorkshire gems like Harrogate spa town, the preserved industrial village of Saltaire – a protected UNESCO World Heritage site, and exhilarating national parks; the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Reachable by the Leeds Country Way footpath, stately home Harewood House features spectacular Capability Brown landscapes, flamingos in the bird garden and impressive grand chambers. In the city centre, Leeds Art Gallery boats sculptures by Yorkshire-born Henry Moore and intriguing armour and hunting weapons can be viewed at Leeds Royal Armouries.
In vibrant Leicester visitors can enjoy some of the most adventurous outdoor pursuits in the East Midlands, as well as top notch curry. The opportunity to abseil, kayak and whiz along a 100-metre zip line is on offer at Leicester Outdoor Pursuit Centre and just a short drive northwest to the sprawling National Forest, woodland assault courses and mountain biking takes place at Conkers activity centre. History buffs interested in touring the Richard III trail, should visit Bosworth Battlefield in Sutton Cheney where the king lost his life during the War of the Roses. Perfect post rugby game, following ‘the Golden Mile’ north of the city centre leads to a melting pot of popular curry restaurants.
Milton Keynes, home to more bridges than Venice when adding up its grid road bridges, is easy to navigate around as the Buckinghamshire town has a grid-pattern layout. Just south of the town centre budding spies crack World War II codes at Bletchley Park, once home of the famous Enigma code breakers. Ideally situated for easy day trips to other English treasures, Silverstone grand prix circuit – nicknamed ‘the home of British racing’ – recognised for its high-octane Formula 1 and ‘superbike’ races is just 30 minutes away. Less than 30 miles north of Milton Keynes is Althorp stately home, Princess Diana’s former family residence, where visitors can follow her life in the five-gallery exhibition, including school reports and her famous wedding dress. Also in easy reach of Milton Keynes are the Capability Brown Gardens and Georgian monuments of Stowe Gardens, while charming Oxford with its soaring university spires is around 50 miles away.