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Rugby World Cup venue guide - Nantes

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The city of Nantes is twinned with Cardiff and this autumn thousands of Welsh fans will be saying hello in person as they descend upon the city on the west coast of France for the Rugby World Cup.

Nantes is hosting three pool stage games, two involving Wales and one including England, and with your help, we want to compile the ultimate fans' guide to the city.

Where are the best places to stay? What is the transport like there? Where will fans be congregating pre-match? What are the liveliest parts of town for a post-match celebration? And what else does the city have to offer after the game is over?

If you know about how to enjoy yourself in Nantes, then this is the place to share your knowledge with your fellow fans. Feel free to contribute here.

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posted Aug 30, 2007

Good airport, simple, straightforward and not fussy - just how I like it. It's on the ring road to the south west of the city, well served from Ireland and the UK. Flew into there this summer. Good choice of car hire which you can book and pay for on line. I found the staff helpful and friendly.

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posted Sep 6, 2007

The liveliest part of town for after the match will be Quartier Bouffay. There you will find bars such as John McByrnes Irish bar and Shaft, amongst the numerous restaurants catering for every taste. A ten minute walk from this area towards Place Royale, you will find the aptly named, Webb Ellis. The staff in these bars are all english speaking so there is no need to worry about the language barrier.
Going to the match is best served by the tram way as match day traffic is a nightmare with diversions already in place. The excellent service offered by the trams drops you at the stadium on ligne 1.

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posted Sep 7, 2007

Nantes is one of the best cities in France - compact, friendly and very keen on sport.

Without a doubt, take the tram to le Stade de la Beaujoire - you will probably find it's free with your match ticket - and it only takes about 25-30 mins from the centre.

Rue Crebilion and rue Voltaire are the main shopping/bar areas.

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posted Sep 8, 2007

My home town. Unlike my previous home town (in the UK), Nantes offers a clean, friendly environment with excellent public transport links. If you aren't at the Stade de la Beaujoire, stay in the city centre and enjoy the spirit of a bar. During the last world cup it was breakfast rugby, brilliant!

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