Birthplace of the game visitor attractions

When William Webb Ellis caught a football at Rugby School and ran with it, a game was born. And though the game has changed since Webb Ellis created history in 1823, its heart remains in the 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.

For rugby fans a visit to the small museum at Rugby School alongside its most important buildings by taking a guided tour which runs every Saturday is a must. Pre-booking essential.  Make sure you visit the School's Close, the hallowed turf where the game began, and the bronze statue of William Webb Ellis opposite the Close which celebrates the moment he carved his name in history.  

You can discover more of the history of the game during a trip to the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, where William Gilbert manufactured the first rugby balls, and explore the historic market town of Rugby by following the Pathway of Fame - a trail of bronze plaques which celebrate the icons of the game.


Rugby visitor attractions