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Follow England's women in France: venue guide

06 June 2019 08:46

Cheer on the Lionesses in France this summer!

Cheer on the Lionesses in France this summer!

Are you hoping to follow the England Women's team in France this summer? Here's our short guide to the cities on the Lionesses' path to glory...


England play two of their group games (vs. Scotland and Japan) in Nice, making it the ideal place to base yourself if you're heading to France. Stretched along the shores of the Mediterranean, Nice offers visitors a mix of old-world French charm and lively street life with a healthy dose of Cote d'Azur sunshine.

Le Havre

England's other group game (vs. Argentina) takes place in the Northern port city of Le Havre. Just a short drive from Calais (or a direct ferry from Portsmouth), Le Havre is a must-see if you like your football with a side order of modernist, Le Corbusier-inspired architecture. Local delicacies include seafood, cider and, of course, cheese.


If England top Group D, they'll face a second-round encounter in the compact industrial city of Valenciennes, near the Belgian border. The impressive Place d'Armes is Valenciennes' beating heart while all cultural roads lead to the city's grandiose fine arts museum. Close to Calais, this could be a great place to cheer on the Lionesses.


Second place in Group D would see England head to the bustling city of Rennes in France's north west. The provincial capital of Normandy, Rennes has a captivating, cobbled-stoned medieval centre that wraps around the city's imposing cathedral. The local student population make Rennes the perfect place to celebrate, should England qualify for the quarter-finals.


The mountain-ringed city of Grenoble could host England's second round match if they finish third in their group. Known as the gateway to the Alps, Grenoble is a buzzing university city just a stone's throw from some of Europe's most breath-taking national parks. The city centre isn't bad either, with a host of restaurants, bars and museums ripe for exploring.


Potential quarter-final city Paris needs little introduction – known the world-over for its grand boulevards, cosy bars and elegant architecture. The quarter-final takes place at the city's Park des Princes, the home ground of Paris Saint Germain and just a short walk along the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.


If England end up playing in Lyon they will have performed well as the city is hosting both semi-finals and the final itself, which takes place on 7th July. Lyon is one of France's greatest cities, a heady mix of cosmopolitan chic and modern living, set against a backdrop of industrial grit and varied historical legacy. It's also a food-lover's paradise, so get ready to tuck in!

If you're heading to France, don't forget travel insurance

Before you grab your England kit, make sure you have the right cover. At World First, we offer travel insurance for France that'll give you peace of mind when heading away.