Six Nations Championship
2 February – 16 March 2024
The Six Nations 2024 Championship will once again see England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales battle it out over five weeks of thrilling rugby-packed weekends to see who will take the title.
This popular northern hemisphere tournament draws the best of the UK and Europe rugby teams, and the atmosphere is always electric as local fans pack the stadiums supporting their home teams. The 2023 tournament saw Ireland take the win, ending top of the standings with winning all five matches. Will they do it again in 2024?
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England has something for everyone to enjoy, from exciting nightlife to vivid art galleries and stately museums. Outdoor enthusiasts and hobbyist historians have plenty to keep themselves entertained, especially during the glorious English summer. Wander around the hallowed streets of intellectual Oxford, explore the ruggedly majestic Lake District or marvel at the mystery of Stonehenge. Wherever you find yourself in England, there is always a friendly corner pub with a welcoming brew waiting for you.
Art de Vivre (the art of living) is what characterises the French experience. A country quite unlike any other, France embraces a simple way of life and a rich artistic heritage that is felt in every element of society. Art, architecture, fashion, food, wine - the list is endless; France is world-class, iconic and culturally diverse in more ways than one. Visit the Eiffel Tower, Champs de Elysees and Montmartre in Paris or the wine country in Champagne. Explore the beachside city of Nice and discover spectacular sights like Mont St Michel and the Loire Valley Chateaux. Wherever you go, you can always enjoy a warm croissant and coffee in a typical street-side cafe. If you are visiting France for the first time, choose an area to explore and do it well - it will entice you to return again and again.
Ireland is filled with fierce characters, legendary heroes and myths that span the full width of this island nation, with history presenting itself in ancient landscapes, monastic ruins hundreds of years old, as well as in the formidable Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Scattered throughout the country in even the most modern centres is the rich cultural heritage of Irish folklore, music and festivals. Politically, the country is split into the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. While the country is small enough to explore on a single visit, there are so many nooks and crannies to discover that you could return time and time again to new experiences. Highlights include visiting Trinity College and the Temple Bar District in Dublin, exploring scenic southern peninsulas south of Cork, and sitting in any local pub to the sounds of the Irish fiddle and lilting Gaelic song, warmed by a full glass of Guinness.
Without a doubt, Italy remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Western Europe, particularly as it is the centre of historical Roman-era architecture and Renaissance art, as well as the birthplace of much modern science and exploration. In fact, the country is home to a staggering 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most in the world. Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, and its famous ‘boot’ - where you will find Tuscany and Sicily - extends into the Mediterranean Sea. Italy is well known for its slow pace, stylish flair and incredible cuisine - gelato and pasta remain iconic foods in Italy for both locals and visitors. Visit the Pantheon and Colosseum in Rome, take in the incredible art of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, travel along the scenic Amalfi Coast and snap a photo at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Wales in the summertime is similar to Italy. This slow-paced nation features beautiful beaches to explore, cascading waterfalls to discover and a diversity of wildlife to encounter. Get your camera ready to capture the variety of Welsh birdlife or get your binoculars out to view whales, basking sharks and dolphins. Be sure to take in your fair share of historic castles, and more-than-your-share of Bara Brith, a thoroughly delicious traditional Welsh bread. Nearby Snowdonia National Park features breathtaking views and is accessible by hiking (for the fit) or by train (for the enthusiastic).