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Exeter Travel Guide & Meeting Point

4th April 2022 By MRSC

Exeter Travel Guide & Meeting Point

We’re all set for a huge clash with Exeter this Saturday at Sandy Park in the first of the two-legged round of 16 ties.

We’re all set for a huge clash with Exeter this Saturday at Sandy Park in the first of the two-legged round of 16 ties.

Here’s your comprehensive travel guide along with details of the MRSC meeting point:

HOW DO I GET TO SANDY PARK?

Sandy Park Stadium (EX2 7NN) is conveniently located just off Junction 30 of the M5, meaning travel to there from Devon and beyond is extremely straightforward.

Located also just 10 minutes away from Exeter International Airport or a short walk from either Digby & Sowton or Newcourt railway stations, access to match-days is simple and easy for all supporters.

Although on-site parking is not available on match-days other than those with official permits, Exeter Rugby Club have worked closely with their travel partners to ensure all supporters can arrive safely and on time by either walking, cycling, taking the bus or train. They also facilitate a drop-off service onsite prior to kick off, however any pick-ups are restricted to ONE HOUR after the final whistle. Please be aware that any pick-up arranged, private or taxi, will be turned away during this hour to allow safe pedestrian egress.

TRAVELLING BY CAR

Off-site, match-day parking, along with a FREE shuttle bus service is available at Exeter Business Park, Grenadier Road, Exeter (EX1 3UT). Book tickets here: Performance selection [Offsite Parking] – Exeter Chiefs

Guarantee your space by booking online before the game for £7 per vehicle, or limited spaces may be available on match-day (£10 per vehicle).

There are limited spaces for motorcyclists at Sandy Park on a match-day, however this is on a first come, first served basis.

There is no on-site car parking for supporters at Sandy Park on match-days, so they have worked very hard to produce a transport strategy which enables supporters, both home and away, to gain easy access to the stadium.

All car parks will be signposted clearly from Junctions 29 & 30 on the M5.

TRAVELLING BY TRAIN

The Exeter to Exmouth railway line runs right past the stadium with a regular service on match days.

Using the bridge over the A379, Digby & Sowton Station is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Sandy Park, while Newcourt Station is also an option for travelling fans and is also less than a 15 minute walk from the stadium.

Great Western Rail have set up a number of match-day special trains and anyone wishing to find out more should visit their website.

In addition, you can use their text feature which shows up to date train departures from their stations. If you text DIG or EXD (for Digby and St David’s respectively) to 84950 you will get an answer showing the next five or six departures with their expected times.  Supporters can also call 08457 48 49 50 to get an update on train times.

TRAVELLING BY BUS

There are three match-day specials which operate three hours before kick-off and for three hours after the final whistle.

Dartline – No 77: Travels from Exminster, picking up at Alphington, St Thomas, Fore Street (City Centre), Topsham Road (County Hall) and onto Sandy Park. Buses run every 15 minutes.

Dartline – No 78, starts at Exeter St David’s Station and picks up at the following destinations en route to Sandy Park: City Centre, Blackboy Road, Pinhoe Road, Sainsburys Pinhoe, Monkerton Link Road and Sowton Industrial Estate before arriving at Sandy Park.

Stagecoach – C bus, starts at Exeter St David’s Station and picks up at Cheeke Street (city centre), Heavitree (Co-Op) to Sandy Park and runs up to every 15 minutes. Fares for this service are £2.50 (Single) and £3.50 (Return).

Stagecoach also offers an Exeter Dayrider ticket for only £4. This gives unlimited travel on all their Exeter city buses, including the C bus service, so supporters can make the most of being in Exeter both before and after the match.

A group Exeter Dayrider is now also available. It costs just £8 and gives up to 5 people a day of unlimited travel in the Exeter Zone.

If you are travelling from outside of Exeter, Stagecoach operates regular services from a variety of locations – including Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exmouth, Topsham and Crediton – all of which terminate at the bus station where you can easily connect onto the C service. An Adult Explorer ticket will give unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses. Child, family and OAP Explorer tickets are also available.  For route maps and information on tickets and timetables, please visit the Stagecoach Bus Website Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)

WALKING AND CYCLING

Those wishing to travel to Sandy Park by foot or bicycle can access the stadium via the bridge over the A379 and via the rear of the complex from Old Rydon Lane. There are a number of bicycle racks on site to park bikes.

Alternatively, you can hire a Co Bike electric bike for just £1 for 20 minutes from locations around the city and drop off at their official bike station at Digby and Sowton station.

NO SMOKING

Please note that Sandy Park is a smoke-free zone stadium, including in all bars, but there is an area designated for smokers outside the South East Turnstiles.

TOILETS

Toilets are situated throughout the stadium and can be found by following the displayed signage. There are 16 different sets of toilet facilities available for public use.

CASHLESS STADIUM

Sandy Park is a cashless stadium.

There will be charity bucket collectors around the stadium who do take cash or card donations, with all proceeds going to Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

POST MATCH

ENTERTAINMENT – This includes live music in the main supporter’s bar in West Grandstand, and Danny’s disco banging out the tunes in the Powwow bar.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Book tickets: Exeter Chiefs – Online ticket sales

Booking queries – email: ticketing@exeterchiefs.co.uk

Ticket Office – Chiefs Ticketing Office / Ticket Collection Point is located at the bottom of the steps near the main / VIP entrance.

PRINT OFF YOUR TICKETS

You’ll need to ensure you print out your tickets because the scanners on the turnstiles can’t read e-ticket bar codes at present.

STADIUM LAYOUT

West Grandstand – seated

South West Comms Stand – seated

North Terrace – standing

East Stand – standing terracing with seating above.  The stand fully opened on New Year’s Day 2022, where the capacity has increased to nearly 16,000.

FOOD AND DRINK

There is a good selection of food and drink outlets for you to savour including the infamous Chunks Giant pasties, as well as chips, burgers, pork rolls, vegetarian / vegan burgers. There’s also sweet shop for the children, and big kids alike

The Map below shows you where to find everything

GATES OPEN

3 hours before kick-off.   The Exeter Chiefs Supporters Club will be in the Wig Wam bar pre-match, why not pop in and say hello.

PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK IN EXETER

Near Sandy Park – The Blue Ball – https://blueballpub.co.uk/

you will need to book if you want to eat here as gets very booked up. It’s about a 5-minute walk to the ground up a hill, and you’ll walk past the brand new Sandy Park Hotel.

All places below you can walk too in the city centre – be sure to pop and see the cathedral at night its stunning all lit up.

MRSC Official Meeting Point: The Stand Off – https://www.thestandoff.co.uk/

The bar have arranged LIVE music on both Friday & Saturday night which should create a great atmosphere.

They offer 10% off all food and drink for all travelling Supporters for the whole weekend when you are wearing Munster clothing

There is a direct bus route too & from Sandy Park from 10 yards from the front door and Exeter Central train station is a 5 minute walk from The Stand Off, where you can get a train to the ground.

They also serve an extensive food menu from 12:00-9:00 and are open from 11:00 both Friday & Saturday & 12:00 on Sunday till late.

You can book tables directly from the website – recommended to guarantee  a spot if you wish food

Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces in there!

Castle Street Bar – This used to be Hole in the Wall.  No website but check out their Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/CastleSt.Exeter and Instagram: @castle.st_exeter.  This is a lively bar in the city centre will have live music Friday and Saturday will encourage table dancing. I believe it’s just walk ins no bookings.

 

Pink Moon – https://pinkmooncafe.co.uk/

Pink moon has just won best bar in Exeter at a local awards, its pretty cool in here, follow them on Instagram to see more. You can get breakfast, Lunch and Dinner here as well as coffee and drinks.

 

The Odd Fellows – https://theoddfellowsbar.co.uk/

This is a quieter bar you will get some fantastic drinks and awesome food, the Sunday lunch is Highly recommended.

 

Artigiano’s – https://artigiano.uk.com/locations/exeter/

This is great little independent Coffee spot which then turns into a bar in the evening.

Whether its for a coffee and some breakfast, snacks for the day or some cocktails and Pizza in the evening. This is situated on the Highstreet.

 

Lloyds Lounge – https://www.lloydslounge.co.uk/

Lloyds is a fantastic Cafe Lounge Bar, with a warm welcome, fantastic food.

Lloyd the owner is a big chief’s fan too. You can stop here in the morning for coffee and a bite to eat, Lunch or visit in the evening for some small plates and some cocktails.

 

Sabatini Italian Restaurant – https://www.sabatiniexeter.co.uk/menus/

Sabatini is Lloyds Lounge sister so literally a stone’s throw away, this is a brilliant Italian restaurant in the centre of town.

 

 

Harrys Restaurant – https://harrysrestaurants.co.uk/

Harry’s comes HIGHLY recommended for Dinner, its simply fantastic a great independent place that has been going for years. You will need to book this as it is always booked up.

Hubbox  – https://hubbox.co.uk/.  Hubbox is a burger joint but an excellent one at that and it is based in the centre of town.

The Ghandi Indian Cuisinewww.gandhiexeter.co.uk – This seems to be a popular choice with away supporters and is only a 5 minute walk from town and St David’s station. TripAdvisor comments indicate that this is the best Indian restaurant in Exeter.

 

 

Chain Eateries in Exeter :

 

Absurd Bird – https://www.absurdbird.com/

Brew Dog – https://www.brewdog.com/uk/bars/uk/exeter

Pho – https://www.phocafe.co.uk/locations/exeter/

Wagamamas – https://www.wagamama.com/restaurants/exeter

Nandos – https://www.nandos.co.uk/restaurants/exeter-princess-hay?utm_source=google%20bau&utm_medium=mybusiness&utm_campaign=websitecta&utm_term=nandosexeter-princesshay

Slim Chickens – https://www.slimchickens.co.uk/location/exeter/

Pizza Express – https://www.pizzaexpress.com/exeter

Cotes Brassiere – https://www.cote.co.uk/

The Ivy – https://theivyexeter.com/

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