Guinness Six Nations cities: Paris

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”

No lesser man than American president Thomas Jefferson spoke these words of Paris, a city imbued with culture, history and art to its core.

The City of Lights offers fans the perfect mix of rugby and culture and more sightseeing than you can shake a stick at.

The attraction Paris is most famed for is the Eiffel Tower, which is said to welcome nearly seven million people each year.

If you fancy a bit of art, there is the Louvre – home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Alternatively, you could head up to Montmartre to visit the Sacré-Cœur or take a boat trip along the river Seine, which is a fantastic way to see all that Paris offers.

France’s capital also boasts an historic sporting culture.

Whether it is European football giants PSG or the crowning of the Tour de France winner on the streets of the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the Arc de Triomphe.

A Guinness Six Nations weekend in Paris is one for the bucket list.

In 2020, Paris will play host to the opening Sunday action of the Championship, a Crunch with a little added spice.

After their meeting at the World Cup was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis, the clash on February 2nd will see the Fabien Galthié era begin in earnest against the World Cup runners-up.

It is a match not to be missed but if you do, fear not. Italy and Ireland will also head to the French capital in rounds two and five, so there is no excuse for missing out!

The Stade de France is located to the north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis but is easily accessible by the RER lines B and D, Underground line 13 and the tram.

The stadium is short train journey from the Gare Du Nord station. Be careful though, you need to get a ticket for Saint-Denis as a standard Métro ticket will leave you stranded at the ticket barrier.

Once inside, you are guaranteed a great atmosphere as the French fans join in chorus to sing the Les Marseillaise.

The stadium itself is an imposing structure with building finishing at the beginning on 1998 and holds more than 80,000 fans.

It is Europe’s eight-largest stadium and is home to French national football team alongside the country’s rugby team, while it will also be the setting for the 2024 Olympic Games.