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Rugby is the International Home of Rugby Football

Rugby is known all over the world as the birthplace of the sport – rugby football. As a sport played and well appreciated by many, the game of rugby began on the Close at Rugby School in 1823 when William Webb Ellis first took the ball in his arm and ran with it.

But there’s more to Rugby than rugby (the game), according to Rugby residents.

I went to Rugby one Sunday evening by train and was wandering the quiet streets when a man stopped to ask me if I needed help as I was looking intently at my printed map. He ended up guiding me around the streets of Rugby showing me the restaurants which he thought were accessible. I will maintain that I think wandering around Rugby is the one of the best things to do in the town.

The town centre is quite compact although it can be quite a walk from the railway station. Getting a wheelchair accessible cab is not quaranteed at the statiomThe bus station is in the town centre but the journey would have taken much more time.

Rugby station has been renovated and there is a much more accessible station now.

– Eleanor Lisney
tunnel  rugby townscape  
When arriving in Rugby consider

Train station with station plan (hover with cursor for images)

Access information at  Access Rugby – Guide for visitors with disabilities – A guide illustrating surveyed facilities for people with disabilities whilst visiting in Rugby. The guide is available in full, which may take a while to download, or in individual sections. Produced by Rugby Disability Forum with assistance from Rugby Borough Council.

Rugby gems

 Rugby School is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious public schools, and was the setting of Thomas Hughes’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece Tom Brown’s Schooldays. A substantial part of the 2004 dramatisation of the novel, starring Stephen Fry, was filmed on location at the school.

 Shop and tours  For all tour enquiries please call the School Shop on 01788 556169. The tour is suitable for wheelchair users apart from one area, which involves winding stairs leading to a very old class room.


Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Rugby has its own Art Gallery and Museum – access details here. Free admission.

The town centre is mostly Victorian and early 20th century.
cafe gnosh skylight  somersault restaurant


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