Visiting Edinburgh for the 6 Nations: Local Tips

One of the most anticipated rugby events of the year, the 2014 6 Nations tournament kicks off this February. We’re offering a brilliant Edinburgh 6 Nations accommodation package to those visiting for the games, as well as some local tips and ideas for your weekend of rugby in Edinburgh – have a look:


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Game Day

This city is brilliant all year ‘round, but Edinburgh puts on a particularly good show during the 6 Nations. As the Royal Mile and Grassmarket fill up with groups of supporters (many in fancy dress), the city feels alive with the anticipation of the big game.

Tickets:

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for this year’s 6 Nations, there’s still time! Tickets are currently available on the ViaGoGo online marketplace – for the February game (Scotland v. England), prices are hovering around £124 and, for the March game (Scotland v. France), they’re available for around £90.

It’s also worth registering your interest in tickets for the Scotland v. France game at the Scottish Rugby Online Ticket Centre. This way you’ll be informed when more tickets for the game become available.

The stadium:

Murrayfield is Scotland’s largest sporting arena, accommodating more than 67,000 rugby fans. Whilst the massive stadium doesn’t typically fill up for the average rugby match, you can expect sell-out crowds during the 6 Nations. Murrayfield is situated just west of the city – accessible by car, bus, taxi and, if you’re up for a walk, by foot (scroll down for directions).

The weather:

Better bundle up. Whether you’re visiting in February or March, you can usually rely on Edinburgh to be rather blustery. February averages highs of 6°C and lows of 1°C. In March you can expect highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C.

Directions:

Getting to Murrayfield from the city centre is fairly straightforward. You can catch the #26 bus west from Princes Street, hop in a taxi (about a £6.00 fare), drive or even walk to the stadium.

Walking: If you’re already on the west side of the city – perhaps in the Grassmarket or on the upper part of the Royal Mile – you might prefer to make the 35-minute walk to the stadium. Walk up Lothian Road (away from Princes Street) and take a right on Morrison Street. Continue past Haymarket Station and straight onto Haymarket Terrace, which becomes W Coates Road. Follow the crowds left down Roseburn St and into the arena.

Driving: Unless you purchase a parking pass in advance (£30, available here under the ‘Car Park & Programmes’ tab), it can be difficult to find parking around Murrayfield on game day, and it might just be easier to leave your car in the city centre (read our guide to car parking in Edinburgh) and find alternative transport to the game.

If you’re set on driving, simply head away from Princes Street on Lothian Road (A7000) and take a right onto the W Approach Road. Stay right to continue on the W Approach Road, until taking another right turn onto Roseburn Street. Murrayfield will be on your left.

If you’ve purchased a parking pass, head to the car park behind the west stand. Otherwise, weave through the nearby residential streets to search for free parking.

Best pubs for watching the 6 Nations

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If you’re in town for the Scotland v. England game on 8th Feb, you might be interested in watching the earlier Ireland v. Wales game (kicks off at 2:30pm) at the pub, as well as the France v. Italy game the following day at 3pm.

Similarly, if you’re visiting Edinburgh for the Scotland v. France on 8th March, you may want to catch the earlier 2:30pm Ireland v. Italy game and the Wales v. England game on Sunday.

Here are a few of the best Edinburgh pubs for watching the 6 nations:

The Three Sisters: If you’re in a big group, this spacious Irish pub is an ideal choice. Situated in the Cowgate, the Three Sisters’ shows the games on a large projector screen outside in its bustling beer garden.

Malones: Another Irish pub, Malones has plenty of tellies spread throughout its two stories, and you can guarantee they’ll all be showing the 6 Nations. Located on Forrest Road – just down from Greyfriar’s Bobby – Malones is as short walk from all of VieAmhor’s Old Town apartments.

The Black Bull: This Grassmarket pub, situated just underneath the majestic Edinburgh Castle, is a lively spot for watching the 6 Nations. The Black Bull is typically quieter than other pubs along the Grassmarket strip, so you’re more likely to grab a seat for the game.

The Murrayfield Hotel: Just across the street from the stadium, opposite the North Entrance, the Murrayfield Hotel is one of Edinburgh’s most popular places to pre-drink before kick-off. Whilst it does get quite busy, this local favourite is hard to beat for convenience and quality banter.

Roseburn Bar: Also situated conveniently close to Murrayfield Stadium, this traditional Edinburgh pub is the ideal place for a no-nonsense, friendly pint or two before the game.

Best local breakfast hangouts

What’s the best thing you can have for breakfast? Options. Depending on what you’re craving, here are a few of the best breakfast places in Edinburgh:

Full Scottish – If the only cure for that brutal hangover is a good ol’ fashioned fry-up, fear not – Edinburgh will happily accomodate. Head to the Southern Cross Cafe on Cockburn Street, just off the Royal Mile, for a full Scottish that won’t disappoint. Yet, if you think some fresh sea air might be just what the doctor ordered, catch the #22 bus from Princes Street and head down to Leith for Sunday brunch at the always fantastic King’s Wark.

Light & Healthy – If you and your liver fancy a bit of a detox, Hula Juice Bar at the base of Victoria Street in the Grassmarket has a scrumptious selection of vitamin-filled smoothies. If you’re with a larger group and want to get seated quickly, try the healthy-yet-hearty breakfast menu at Hemma on Holyrood Road behind the Parliament Building.

Strong cup o’joe – Sometimes it’s impossible to think beyond coffee. If your brain is stuck on ‘must. get. caffeine. immediately’, make coffee your priority and head to Freemans in Marchmont. This neighbourhood artisan coffee house serves up a flavourful cup of coffee and has a wonderfully varied breakfast menu, including its own ‘Freemans’ Fry Up’. Other fantastic coffee options include Brew Lab on South College Street, Bruntsfield’s Artisan Roast and Castello Coffee on Castle Street in New Town.

6 Nations visitors’ map of Edinburgh

Use this map to help you find the places mentioned in this post:

6 Nations Fixtures

(Murrayfield games in blue)

1st February:

Wales v. Italy – 2:30 pm
France v. England – 5:00pm

2nd February:

Ireland v. Scotland – 3:00pm

8th February:

Ireland v. Wales – 2:30pm
Scotland v. England – 5:00pm

9th February:

France v. Italy – 3:00pm

21st February:

Wales v. France – 8:00pm

22nd February:

Italy v. Scotland – 1:30pm

England v. Ireland – 4:00pm

8th March:

Ireland v. Italy – 2:30pm
Scotland v. France – 5:00pm

9th March:

England v. Wales – 3pm

15th March:

Italy v. England – 12:30pm
Wales v. Scotland – 2:45pm
France v. Ireland – 5:00pm

Contact Info

Murrayfield
Edinburgh
EH12 5PJ ‎
Tel: 0131 346 5000

6 Nations Ticket Information:
> Visit the Scottish Rugby Online Ticket Centre or call 0844 335 3933


> Find out more about our 6 Nations special offer

> Call us on 0131 225 2728 or fill in our enquiry form to get our 6 Nations deal

Written by Margaret Kay

Originally hailing from Seattle, Margaret has called Edinburgh home for just over four years. A freelance writer, she spends her time hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop – enjoying every angle of this stunning city along the way.

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