Pay your respects at the birthplace of rugby

Rugby, Warwickshire

Visit Rugby School where it all began, tour The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum and explore the historic market town of Rugby.

It's the reason thousands of rugby fans flock to Rugby every year - to make the pilgrimage to the proud home and birthplace of the game.

You can visit The Close, the hallowed turf in front of Rugby School. The bronze statue of William Webb Ellis outside the schoolgates is perfect for a photo opportunity to celebrate the moment it all began.

Discover more about the history of the sport at The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum. See where William Gilbert manufactured the first rugby balls and explore the market town of Rugby by following the Pathway of Fame - a trail of bronze plaques which celebrate the icons of the game. For rugby fans, it's a unique opportunity to experience the origin of the game in 2015, the year of the Rugby World Cup.

If you are visiting Rugby during the World Cup, don’t forget the Food and Drink Festival, showcasing the finest local produce the area has to offer or follow the Rugby Real Ale Trail for a chance to discover some great local pubs.

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