Come and visit the town of Rugby, with such a rich heritage. Birthplace of the sport of Rugby, where William Webb Ellis, a pupil at Rugby School, caught the ball and ran with it for the first time in 1823.
Born and bred in Warwickshire, Sir Frank Whittle invented the jet engine in the town. Holography was also invented in Rugby in 1947 by Hungarian born scientist Dennis Gabor.
Author Lewis Carroll is one of a host of well known alumni of Rugby School. 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Rupert Brooke, poet, born in Rugby in 1887, died in the first world war in the Aegean Sea in 1915.
Rugby Museum and Art Gallery houses a broad range of historic objects, including an exhibition on Tripontium, the Roman town’s ruins lie just outside the town. We also house the Rugby Collection, a range of art work left to the town, with important pieces by artists such as L.S. Lowry.
Rugby School runs tours regularly – visit The Close – the hallowed turf where the sport of rugby was created.
In 2015 as Rugby celebrates the World Cup we have a Festival of Rugby, running between September and November, and many, many events linked to the sport and it’s birthplace.
Contact Rugby Visitor Centre for more details about the town, or visit our website: www.enjoyrugby.co.uk.