Six Stays to Experience the Excitement of the ICC Cricket World Cup
From 30 May to 14 July, England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. With 10 of the best cricket teams in the world playing off in 48 matches across 11 stadiums, travelers have the epic opportunity to explore their passion for cricket while following their curiosity to discover and experience parts of England and Wales. With the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Booking.com coming together in a five-year global partnership and a quarter (24%) of global travelers thinking about traveling for a sports event in 2019*, we present six exciting stays for cricket fans who haven’t yet booked their place to stay near some of the big matches. Whether attending a cricket game, enjoying the energetic atmosphere in one of the quintessential local pubs or just combining your love for cricket with a lovely weekend escape, there is a great stay for every kind of cricket supporter.
Sophia Gardens Apartment, Cardiff
Located just a short walk away from the Cardiff Wales Stadium in the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Sophia Gardens Apartment is a fully equipped apartment that will be in the middle of the cricket action but is also a great base to explore the city of Cardiff. The Welsh capital has plenty of sports pubs, a niche music scene, affordable eateries, and bargain-filled vintage shops. The apartment is also very close to Cardiff Castle, an 11th century castle that’s one of Wales’ major heritage attractions and worth visiting during your stay.
If traveling to Cardiff for one of the four ICC Cricket World Cup matches being held at Sophia Gardens, check here for more great apartments.
New Hall Hotel & Spa, Birmingham
The 800-year-old New Hall Hotel & Spa is a great choice for those who would like to combine the excitement of cricket with a relaxing spa break in the English countryside. This beautiful property with a medieval character is set amongst 26 acres of mature, elegant grounds and is widely reputed to be the oldest inhabited moated manor house in England. The moat is home to migrating ducks and geese and some of the largest carp in the Midlands. Start your day with the complimentary homemade biscuits before heading to a match at Edgbaston Cricket Ground (about 10 miles / 16 kilometres away) or relaxing at the pool or enjoying a soothing massage.
Birmingham is hosting five ICC Cricket World Cup matches (including a semi-final match!) but if you can’t get a room at the New Hall Hotel & Spa, check here for some other great places to stay while in town.
Three Falcons, London
Located a short walk from the Lord’s Cricket Ground, which is hosing five ICC Cricket World Cup matches - including the final, Three Falcons is not only a great base for those attending one of those exciting matches, but is also a great spot to watch the game for travelers who did not manage to secure a ticket. With loads of nearby parks, pubs, gardens and attractions to enjoy in London, an extended stay is almost a must!
If you’re not in time to book a room at the Three Falcons, other great accommodation options in London can be found here.
Stunning flat overlooking the Thames, London
Located just a short walk from The Oval Cricket Ground, which is hosting five ICC Cricket World Cup matches this summer, the Stunning flat overlooking the Thames is exactly what it sounds like. The modern apartment is furnished with stunning amenities and has everything needed for a comfortable stay in London. And for those who can’t make it to one of matches, there’s the option to watch it on the apartments’ flat-screen TV while relaxing the comfortable couch. The apartmnet’s location will also serve as a great base to London’s many other attractions such as the London Eye and House of Parliament.
The Heaton at Claremont Serviced Apartments, Leeds
Yorkshire Cricket Ground inside the Headingley Stadium in Leeds will host four matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup. Located just two miles / three kilometres from the grounds is The Heaton at Claremont Serviced Apartments, a spacious apartment in a beautifully refurbished building. Before or after one of the cricket matches, travelers should not miss nearby Leeds Kirkgate Market, which is only a 20-minute walk from the apartment and is Europe’s largest covered market that boosts 800 market stalls, many of which are family run.
For more great accommodation options in Leeds check here.
AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays, Manchester
The Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester will host the most cricket matches of any of the host cities in this year’s World Cup - six including a semi-final match! Overlooking Old Trafford Stadium, Hotel Football, Old Trafford, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a modern hotel located opposite Old Trafford Stadium and close to the Manchester city center. Culture, entertainment, and fun-filled events mark Manchester's annual social calendar, so if traveling with friends and family members who aren’t quite as fanatical about cricket, there is no shortage of things to do. Why not take them for a stroll around the beautiful Platt Fields Park, or on a visit to the popular Science and Industry Museum.
For more great places to stay in Manchester check here.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 21,500 respondents, across 29 different markets (including 1,000 respondents from Australia, Brazil, China, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Spain, the US, the UK, Russia, and 500 respondents from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2018, be planning at least one trip for 2018 and either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in August 2018.