Dublin - Lansdowne Road (Capacity: 49,250)

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Since Ireland played England in 1878, the Lansdowne "roar" has shaken the timbers of this, the oldest international ground still in use. The current stadium is set to be replaced by a 50,000 seater accommodating rugby and football, costing an expected £250m.

Tel: 00 353 1 669 4601

Website: www.irishrugby.ie

HOW TO GET THERE

By air: Ryanair, Aer Lingus, bmi and BA all offer competitive fares. Ryanair - www.ryanair.com - has put on extra flights to cater for Six Nations supporters. There is a bus link from Dublin International airport to the city centre every 15 minutes. By ferry: The service from Holyhead arrives in Dun Laoghaire or Dublin port (www.ferrybooker.com) and takes approximately 3hr 15min. Buses are easily available to take you into the city centre.

WHERE TO STAY

Arlington Hotel (23-25 Bachelor's Walk, O'Connell Bridge, Dublin 1, Tel: 00 353 1 804 9100, Email: info@arlington.ie, Web: www.arlington.ie) In the heart of Dublin City at O'Connell Bridge. Per person sharing €60-€99.00, single occupancy €99-141.

Herbert Park Hotel (Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Tel: 00 353 1 667 2200, Web: www.herbertparkhotel.ie) Situated next to Herbert Park and about a 15 minute walk to Lansdowne Road. Rates from €133 single occupancy.

Berkeley Court Hotel (Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Tel: 00 353 1 660 1711, Web: www.jurysdoyle.com) Top quality hotel close to Lansdowne Road.

Sachs Hotel (Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Tel: 00 353 1 668 0995) A Georgian style hotel which is 25 minutes walk to Lansdowne Road. Rates start at €83.

WHERE TO EAT

Bang Café (11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Tel: 00 353 1 676 0898) A great buzz at this fashionable city centre restaurant.

La Stampa (35 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 00 353 1 677 8611. Sumptuous (but expensive) dining in the heart of Dublin.

Roly's Bistro (7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Tel: 00 353 1668 2611) Good value with atmosphere. A mix of customers at this legendary brasserie.

WHERE TO DRINK

Most rugby supporters will head straight to the St Stephen's Green and Temple Bar areas.

Sinnott's Bar (Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, South King Street, Dublin 2, Tel: 00 353 1 478 4698) One of the top sports bars in town. Big screen.

Davy Byrne's (21 Duke Street, Dublin 2, Tel: 00 353 1 677 5217) An institution on matchday. Frequented by true rugby fans. Situated just off Grafton Street.

McDaid's (3 Harry Street, Dublin 2, Tel: 00 353 1 679 4395) Lively atmosphere in this drinkers' paradise just off Grafton Street.

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