Guide to Edinburgh
If you’re travelling to Scotland’s capital city for the Scotland v France match at BT Murrayfield this weekend, we’ve compiled some essential info to help you make the most of your trip.
Scotland v France, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Sunday 9 March, 3pm GMT
As one of Europe’s best-loved city break destinations, Edinburgh has something for everyone. An open-top bus tour is a great way to get your bearings – several companies operate these from Waverley Bridge next to the train station. History buffs will love the old town, where you can work your way from the famous Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile all the way down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Art-lovers can enjoy a wealth of free exhibitions at venues including the National Gallery of Scotland, Scottish Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Whatever the weather, there’s something for all the family to enjoy at the Museum of Scotland.
If the sun is shining, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the city’s green spaces, from the Royal Botanic Garden to Holyrood Park with a hike up Arthur’s Seat providing spectacular 360 degree views.
Find out about all that the city has to offer at Edinburgh.org, which includes everything you need to know, from local neighbourhood insights to 48-hour itineraries.
Soak up the pre-match atmosphere
During the Guinness Six Nations you’ll find pubs around the city welcoming rugby fans, with signs and flags from all six nations draped outside. The bars around Haymarket station are always busy as fans make their way along the ‘Murrayfield Mile’ to the stadium, and once through the turnstiles you’ll find a wide range of food and drink options with live music, big screens and family entertainment (open from 12pm).
Popular pre-match activities include welcoming the Scotland team to the stadium, congregating along the roadside behind the West Stand as they arrive around 1.30pm. The Tennent’s Up & Under bar is a popular spot for fans, opening at 1pm with live music from the house band and a Q&A session before the match with a player.
BT Murrayfield, Roseburn Street EH12 5PJ
BT Murrayfield is one of the great sporting stadia of the world and the largest sports venue in Scotland. Since the inaugural match in 1925, Scottish Rugby has had a rich history with the stadium witnessing some of the world's greatest rugby moments. You can take a guided tour of BT Murrayfield where you’ll be taken inside areas of the stadium that you would never ordinarily get to see.
Keep up to date with all our stadium news and match-day information on Twitter via @BTMurrayfield.
How to get to BT Murrayfield
The stadium is within walking distance of the city centre or else you can choose from a range of public transport options. For information on travelling by bus, tram and train visit our matchday information page.
What can I bring to BT Murrayfield?
You’ll find full details of what you can bring to the stadium on our Matchday information page and Getting to BT Murrayfield page, and it’s worth bearing in mind that BT Murrayfield has a Small Bag Policy. Ticket holders are permitted to bring in bags no larger than A5 size (21cmx15cmx8cm) – these bags will be searched prior to tickets being scanned. Bags larger than this will not be allowed into the stadium. The only exceptions to this rule are spectators who require to carry bags for health reasons (including parents with young children who require to carry medical/dietary items).
Scottish Rugby would actively encourage people visiting the stadium for the match to follow NHS personal hygiene advice and to bring and use hand sanitisers.
The France Weekend
The France weekend kicks off with Scotland U20 v France U20 in Galashiels on Friday (Fri 6 March, kick-off 8pm).
The following evening Scotland Women take on their French counterparts at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow (Saturday 7 March, kick-off 7.45pm). Tickets for both games can be bought at scottishrugby.org, with adults from £10/£15, under-18s £5 and “Kids for £1” (U12s tickets for £1 per paying adult, U12 tickets increase to £5 on matchday).
We hope you enjoy the city and the game!