Why go to Rugby?
A pretty market town in Warwickshire, close to the River Avon, Rugby has become synonymous with the sport that originated here. Museums, local landmarks and even lively pubs honour the game, and you don’t have to be a rugger fan to be wowed by its unlikely origins - schoolboy William Webb Ellis sparked a new sporting craze in 1823 when he caught a football and ran with it during a match at Rugby School. Discover how his act of rebellion inspired one of the world’s greatest games, then round off the day by relaxing in one of rugby’s many history-steeped pubs.
- visit the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, housed in a former workshop where the first rugby balls were made
- bronze plaques celebrating rugby greats form a Pathway of Fame through the town centre.
- in 1567, a local grocer - who’d found fortune in London - left money in his will to build Rugby School, now one of Britain’s oldest independent schools
- Thomas Hughes’s semi-autobiographical book Tom Brown’s Schooldays was based on Rugby School
- the school pitch where rugby was invented, now called The Close, is available for private hire. admire art for free at the Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
- Dance sessions for toddlers take place every Friday at 10am (£3.50 for one hour.)