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.

In 2016 Rugby town was honoured to be chosen as the home for the new World Rugby Hall of Fame, a brand new visitor attraction for the town, with full support from World Rugby. The Hall of Fame is open daily.

You can also visit the small museum at Rugby School alongside its most important buildings by taking a guided tour which runs every Saturday. 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.

For rugby fans, a visit to Rugby offers the unique opportunity to visit the place where it all began - the chance to discover the heart of the game. If you are visiting as a group, we have cost-effective group packages available incorporating all the key visitor attractions with access throughout the week subject to pre-booking with our visitor centre.

Rugby visitor attractions