The 2019 venues for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 are England and Wales; the place where the gentleman’s game began and moved around countries. Here’s a guide to the places to see after the game of cricket:
Often called the ‘city of dreams’, London is considered to be the most happening city in England. The vibrant and distinctive areas of the city give the tourists a quintessential ‘British’ experience, be it the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, or glimpses of a red telephone box at the end of a handsome Victorian terrace. The city is home to some of the world’s best art, history, entertainment, shopping, dining and a vibrant night life. One can walk the Thames path on the South Bank and see some of the major London landmarks: from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge. Also, make sure to admire the 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens in Regent’s Park that comes to full bloom in the first two weeks of June. Perfect timing!
Match dates: June 9, IND vs. AUS; July 14, Final
Places to see: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Churchill War Rooms, Tower of London, Hyde Park and Oxford Street, among others.
Fun fact: London may need no introduction to most Indian visitors but the food stalls on the River Walk on the South Bank of the river are worth exploring for the diversity of the food on offer.
Known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton is one of the 2019 cricket world cup venues. The city, with its impressive cultural offering, from museums, music venues and art galleries, to award winning parks, guarantees a good time during your stay. The city will surprise you with its elegant bars, an urban-country pub, the theatre scene, a gig venue or booming night clubs. “The Hampshire Bowl just outside Southampton (I hope some of visiting cricket fans and maybe even Virat Kohli and some of his fellow players) will put Broadhalfpenny Down in the satellite navigation systems of their hire cars,” says Bucknell.
Match dates: June 5, IND vs. SA; June 22, IND vs. AFG
Places to see: Sea City Museum, Tudor House & Garden, Princess Alexandra Dock, Solent Sky and Medieval City Walls.
Fun fact: The “cradle of cricket”, the venue where the Hambledon Club, named after a nearby village, played the first game. The Bat & Ball Inn is nearby in case of need of refreshments.
Ideally known as the land of Robin Hood, Nottingham is all about the dynamic culture, rich history and sporting glory. From charming buildings of medieval era to exciting excursions in and around, the city of literature has got you covered. The broad streets and picturesque parks such as the Arboretum, Embankment, and Colwick Park, lend the city a truly unique experience. Make sure that you join the famous Nottingham Robin Hood Town Tour, or go on a scenic excursion on the Great Central Railway, and attend a theatrical event at Nottingham Playhouse
Match date: June 13, IND vs. NZ
Places to see: Nottingham Castle, Old Market Square, Newstead Abbey, City Of Caves, Nottingham Cathedral.
Fun fact: At Trent Bridge, near Nottingham, lies the Sherwood Forest, the legendary home of Robin Hood, or for those who like more beautiful scenery, not far away from here is the Peak District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Also known as the mecca of football fans, this city will host the most anticipated match of this World Cup, the India-Pakistan match, for which the tickets were sold out within minutes of bookings opening. Manchester is said to be the most-visited city in England, and has a lot of things to do and experiences to offer to the overseas traveller. It has hip and happening restaurants and nightclubs where you can enjoy a happening nightlife after you visit the city’s famous attractions in the day.
Do not forget to attend the Manchester International Festival, try the world’s best craft beer at Piccadilly Tap, and visit Chinatown to explore the eastern culture.
Match dates: June 16, IND vs. PAK; June 27, IND vs. WI
Places to see: National Football Museum, Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, Manchester Town Hall, University of Manchester, Royal Exchange Theatre
Fun fact: Apart from being a bustling city, Manchester has two iconic football stadiums: the Old Trafford stadium, or “theatre of dreams” where Manchester United play, and the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City both of which organise tours of the venues.
The second most populous city in England, Birmingham is known for its world class galleries, stimulating museums, swankiest bars and night clubs with amazing gaming experiences, the city promises to never bore you. The city also boasts one of the very best places to watch a quintessentially English game of cricket, as the stadium here is renowned as one of the country’s most atmospheric grounds.
Do not forget to attend an event at New Alexandra Theatre, Take the ‘Tolkien Trail’ or visit the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum.
Match dates: June 30, IND vs. ENG, July 2, IND vs. Bangladesh
Places to see: Cadbury World, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Twycross Zoo, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Fun fact: England’s second city is home of many South Asian communities. The main fusion dish reputedly created in the city is the Balti. There is an area to the south of the city centre called “The Balti Triangle”.
From contemporary art and decadent dining experience, to stylish shopping and a vibrant nightlife, from exploring the city’s parks to going on adrenaline filled escapes, Leeds offers tourists plenty of things to do. Situated within Yorkshire, Leeds is considered to be one of the gems in the north. While you are here make sure you watch an Opera show, attend a live concert at First Direct Arena, wander around Temple Newsam and do not forget to go for Geocaching, an orienteering treasure hunt that is completely free of cost.
Match date: July 6, IND vs. SL
Places to see: Roundhay Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds City Museum, Royal Armouries, Museum, Leeds Art Gallery and The Leeds Urban Bike Park.
Fun fact: Leeds is the northernmost venue for India. So visitors can escape to the nearby dales and moors of Yorkshire or, if they are feeling brave, a quick foray into Scotland.