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Rugby World Cup 2015 Hot Spots

By Bidvest Bank
The Rugby World Cup 2015 will be hosted by 11 cities across England and Wales. If you’re lucky enough to be watching a match live in one or all of them, leave time on your itinerary to visit these gems:

Once you’ve visited the usual attractions, head to the once infamous Star Tavern in Belgravia where the planning for The Great Train Robbery took place. Now a friendly pub, it played host to some of London’s notorious gangsters in the fifties and sixties.

With a history spanning over 2000 years, Cardiff Castle offers something for everyone: lavish rooms, tunnels which once doubled as air raid shelters, a Norman Keep and Roman Wall. 

No trip to Manchester would be complete without a visit to the National Football Museum. Featuring four floors of football memorabilia, it is the ultimate monument to the beautiful game.

Milton Keynes 
There’s no better place to tick off your holiday shopping list than at thecentre:mk. Included in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest shopping mall in the world, it’s over 1 km long!

The Pen Museum pays homage to Birmingham’s once-thriving pen trade and offers an interactive experience, which includes writing in Braille and using original machinery.

Brighton & Hove
Take a tour with someone who’s passionate about the area – a local. Sign up for the Brighton Greeters project and experience Brighton & Hove through the eyes of someone who knows it best. It’s also free! 

Discover Gloucester’s rich maritime history by exploring the historic Gloucester Docks, home to a working dry dock and imposing Victorian warehouses. While you’re there, visit the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, just a short walk away.

Home to one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world, the Royal Armouries Museum is well worth a visit. Check out the numerous displays to learn about weapons and warriors from different eras and parts of the world.

Enjoy diverse exhibitions of contemporary art housed in an enormous renovated mill on the south bank of the River Tyne. Displays at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art change regularly and feature works from local and international artists.

If you don’t mind confined spaces, you’ll love exploring the network of medieval passages that run underneath Exeter’s city centre. Book a guided tour of these fascinating passages that were used to house pipes bringing water into the city.

Discover the final frontier at Leicester’s National Space Centre, which is home to a Rocket Tower and the UK’s largest domed planetarium, as well as numerous interactive displays and exhibits. 

If you’re heading over for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, you need to get your travel currency organised. The World Currency Card™ is the most convenient way to access funds while you’re away because you can pre-load it with up to 17 currencies and then draw cash at over 1 million ATMs worldwide, or swipe it at any merchant that accepts Visa.