From Tom Brown to Rugby's literary greats

Rugby, Warwickshire

Tour the setting for Tom Brown's School Days and where young Lewis Carroll studied before exploring poet Rupert Brooke’s home town.

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If you are visiting Rugby as part of the Rugby World Cup celebrations, 2015 is also cause for other literary celebrations associated with the school and town.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the celebrated novel by Lewis Carroll, the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was written 150 years ago. Dodgson's imagination was fired during his studies at Rugby School, where fellow Old Rugbeian Thomas Hughes also set his own literary classic, Tom Brown's School Days.

You can take a tour of Rugby School (don’t forget to book) to get a feel for what inspired these classics before visiting the statue which honours First World War poet, Rupert Brooke, born in Rugby. Brooke's sonnets embody the idealism of the early years of the Great War, 2015 marks the centenary of his death.

Continuing theatrical and literary interest, find out what’s on at the Rugby Theatre, with many films and stage productions offered throughout the year. The Benn Hall also hosts entertainment evenings including comedy and music nights. Stop off before or after a show for plenty of places in the town centre to eat and drink.

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