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“Most Beautfiful Rugby Ground in Britain”
Review of Recreation Ground

Recreation Ground
Ranked #54 of 171 things to do in Bath
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Owner description: Established in 1865, Bath Rugby is one of the oldest and most prestigious rugby clubs in the world. The Recreation Ground, or 'Rec' is one of the most idyllic rugby grounds in the country. It nestles next to the River Avon, under the shadow of both the Bath Abbey and Great Pulteney Street, a Georgian masterpiece.
Reviewed 24 April 2013

Set right in the heart of the historic centre of Bath, the Rec as everyone in Bath knows it has to be the most beautiful setting for the most beautiful game (rugby union) anywhere in Britain. On a fine, crisp March day watching Bath Rugby play is an experience to treasure - esepcially of they win! Unlikely its deliquent cousin - football, rugby crowds are friendly, full of banter and supporters mix freely with no trouble ever. Plus you can get a beer and a hotdog throughout the games!

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Reviewed 11 January 2013

By far the best location of any Premiership Rugby Ground. Just compare with Wasps (Industrial Estate), Worcester (the back of beyond by the Motorway). I could go on.
Wonderful setting, by the Weir, right in the centre of such a beautiful City. Superb pubs and restaurants just a few minutes walk away.
But the ground itself is very poor; temporary stands & those that are permanent need replacing. The ground is of similar standard to a non-league football ground and unfit for Premiership Rugby. The location is perfect; the ground needs demolishing and rebuilding. If / when it is rebuilt it will surely get 100% rating

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Great for us Sarries supporters to be able to mix in cultural with sightseeing. We won, what more could we ask. Got soaking wet but suggest booking earlier to get a covered seat. All areas are mixed supporters, but a great example of god sportsmanship. I still don't know how or why a scrum is called but we had a great time. Thanks to the team, staff and supporters.

1  Thank Kerry H
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Well, it was raining heavy and we were on the open terrace and Bath last; however, it was still a good day out. Very easy to get to on the train but Bath was very busy aside from the rugby so always make sure you've got enough time to get there. Try to walk into the ground from the south rather than across Pulteney Bridge as it is a bit quieter and generally only rugby 'traffic'. It's still a bit of a squeeze down the spiral stairs at the end of the bridge but there is a ramp nearby if you don't like crowded enclosed stairs.

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Reviewed 30 December 2012

As a Saracens supporter, my usual stroll from the Watford Town centre pubs on a match day is the not very magical trek along Vicarage Road through the old run down housing stock section of West Watford with its plentiful fried chicken and betting shops.
So for a more atmospheric experience, when the fixture lists come out, one of the first things I look for is when is the away fixture at Bath? And this year it was a right result with it being on the last Saturday before Christmas. So the invites went out to our West Country Bath supporting colleagues and a date was set.
On paper, the fact that the home of Bath rugby is still a council owned recreation ground with two of the stands being temporary structures with no roofs, doesn’t sound so promising.
But that is to overlook the absolutely fantastic setting, alongside the Avon, a strong armed stones throw from the City centre pubs, the view of bath from the said temporary stands and the atmosphere generated by the closeness to the pitch and the stomping of the Bath supporters on the temporary stands when their team is attacking (fortunately something that was not in much evidence for our latest visit).
And there cannot be a better walk to a ground than the stroll along the Grand Parade, across Pulteney Bridge, down the narrow steps to the River and along the bank of the Avon into the ground.
A fine weather day is obviously preferred if you are seated in the exposed Novia Stand, but on a foul day like last Saturday when you are guaranteed a soaking, then The Rec under floodlights with the lights of Bath twinkling beyond is still a magical sporting venue, especially if you can head back to the pubs of Bath after a 22-0 away win.

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