June 22, 2021 1 min read
STADE GEOFFRAY GUICHARD, SAINT-ETIENNE
How to get there:
Your best bet for travelling to Saint-Etienne is to go via Lyon. You can quite easily make your
way to either Gare de Lyon train station or Lyon-Saint Expiry airport and it’s then a little
over an hour journey to Saint-Etienne.
Where the rugby’s happening:
The rugby is set to take place at the Stade Geoffray-Guichard, one of French football’s most
renowned grounds for both its history and the intense atmosphere that has earnt it the
nickname of “The Cauldron”. The 41 000-capacity ground was built all the way back in 1930
and was also used for RWC 2007.
Where to get some beers:
For a nice local experience, Café Saint-Jacques is a nice little place to get some beers in. If
you want to go to a bit more of an extravagant place Les Contrabanders wine bar is a lovely
little place serving drinks and a bit of tapas if you’re feeling peckish.
What to visit whilst I’m there:
Saint-Etienne is a city with a very long coalmining heritage and the Musée de la Mine gives
you a real insight into a recreated mineshaft and clever displays that have been put
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