Rugby Travel Guide

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    William Webb Ellis statue
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Rugby Things to Do

  • The Pathway of Fame--walking tour

    The Pathway of Fame walking tour starts from the Rugby visitor centre and covers around 3km. It should take around two hours but more if you do stop to explore and take photos. It’s fun to do and also you get to see all the historic and interesting buildings in Rugby.The route it’s marked with 50 bronze rugby balls around the pavements of Rugby...

  • St Andrews Gardens

    St Andrews gardens it’s just behind the church and it’s in a triangle shape connecting two streets. One street it’s the main Church Street and the other one it’s Little Church Street with its cobbled stones and old inns.The gardens used to be a burial ground in the 19th century but now they are used as place for relaxing, or walking through...

  • St Andrews Church

    St Andrews church is in the centre of Rugby and it’s the largest and oldest parish church in Rugby.When I went the church it was close but I have taken a walk around it and it is an amazing church with a lot of originals futures like the doors. On the West side of the church there’s a passageway which they have providedbenches and a raised flower...

  • Sir Frank Whittle Sculpture

    Sir Frank Whittle sculpture it’s in Chestnut Field around the corner from Jubilee Gardens and on the way to Caldecott Park. The sculpture it’s in a very unusual shape and all the way around it has descriptions of various aspects of his life.Sir Frank Whittle was born in Coventry in 1907 and had served in the Royal air Force as A RAF Engineer...

  • Caldecott Park with the Royal Seal

    Caldecott Park its Rugby’s main public park and got its name from an old manor estate that used to be on the grounds and owned by Thomas Caldecott. The park it’s not that big but it was clean and very well looked after. It has got everything what you need from the playground, an old tool shed that it has been transformed to a cafe with an outdoor...

  • Rugby Theatre

    When you enter Henry Street the theatre stands out from any of the other buildings as it’s the only one painted white. Rugby Theatre it’s a very small and one of the top ten amateur theatre’s in the country, which they produce 10 live productions, concerts and the rest of the year they use it as a cinema or they hire it out. In March 1949 Rugby...

  • Sandstone Chesterfield Suites

    When I first saw the first chesterfield suite surrounded by piles of books at the Percival Guildhouse and the second one in Jubilee Gardens I couldn’t make the connection why they were there and why the books were all around them with descriptions from writers and titles from well known books. The chesterfield suites are made o f sandstone and they...

  • Rupert Brooke statue

    Rupert Brooke statue it’s in Jubilee gardens at the end of Regent Street. He was born in Rugby on 3rd of August 1887 and he was an English poet. He has study at Kings College University in Cambridge after he won a scholarship. At the age of 27 he took part in the Royal Naval Divisions Antwerp expedition and he has sailed with the British...

  • The oldest shopping street in Rugby

    Regent Street it must have been the most elegant, stylish and very popular back in the early nineteenth century. The street has got its name from Regent Street in London. The shop fronts even to this day they still have their original Edwardian features and you can see that in most of the shops. Regent Street runs from St Andrews church all the way...

  • Jubilee Gardens

    Where Jubilee Gardens it’s now it used to be an ancient British fort manned by the Dobuni Tribe and it was destroyed during the reign of King Stephen of Blois between 1135 and 1154. In the thirteen century a moated manor house stood on the site and it was owned by the de Rokeby family.The Jubilee gardens it’s a triangle shape garden and it has the...

  • A Historic Town Market

    Rugby’s open air market it’s held every Monday, Friday and Saturday from 8.30am to 16.00pm and sells fruit, vegetables, meat, fish jewellery and clothes. There are also pop up areas selling coffees and burgers. Rugby’s farmers market it’s held on the last Thursday of the month and sells fresh produce from meat, fruit, English wine and cider,...

  • Rugby's Clock Tower

    The Clock Tower it’s in the heart of the shopping area of Rugby, the High Street and Sheep Street are the two main historic shopping streets. The clock tower was built in 1887 to commemorate Queens Victoria’s Jubilee and in 2012 another script stone was placed on the tower to commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of Queens Elizabeth’s II accession....

  • Rugby's Old Buildings

    In the market square you will come across a lot of old shop buildings some of them dated back as late in the eighteenth century.The most outstanding building that stands out it’s the Lennon Bros Ltd that used to sell tobacco and cigars but now it’s a shoe repair shop.

  • St Matthews church

    St Matthews church its located on the junction of Lawrence Sheriff and St Matthews Street and it's next door to Matthew Holbeche Bloxham house. I don't know much about the church but on one side it there's a stone that it was laid by Mrs Arthur James in 1914.About Mrs Arthur James.Mrs Arthur James was the great granddaughter of the third Duke of...

  • William Webb Ellis Statue

    William Webb Ellis statue it's the most famous and the most visited in Rugby. It's in the heart of where the game has began from the school to the place where they have made the first rugby footballs.The sculptor it's Graham Ibbeson and he has made it in 1997.


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Rugby Restaurants

  • Favourite with the locals

    After walking and exploring the town I have stopped at Bacco lounge for a coffee and a slice of cake.I have chosen this cafe/ bar lounge because when I walked past it earlier during lunch time people were waiting for a table which it has indicated that it was a favourite to the locals and I have liked the look of it. The place before it had become...

  • Nothing special

    After we walked around Rugby town for an hour to find somewhere to eat on the night we have discovered that there are not enough restaurants in town and the ones that they are they were fully booked in advance, so we have opted to wait for a seating at Prezzo’s as we were hungry by then.Waiting time it was around 20 minutes as they had to organise...

  • Table Table

    Family restaurant that operates under the Table Table chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The pub is modern, clean, the prices reasonable prices and the good food; my steak was cooked perfectly with some tasty chips. The young waitress was helpful and efficient.The restaurant is divided into several distinct areas with an adjoining lounge...

  • New restaurant

    Jan 2011 - Further update.This is now called "Vin Cinq Cafe" Though it aims at a French ambiance the menu isn't French, the food is very good. Has imaginative vegetarian dishes rarely found in French restaurants. This Rendezvous restaurant described by JohnScale below is now closed (2007) and has been replaced by a new Russian themed, up-market,...

  • Rib Eye at Rugby

    The original 16th century building consists of an award winning Restaurant and Traditional Bar serving ales, whilst the 3 AA Star Hotel is built into a modern up to date extension.The restaurant and bar area has many original features, including log fires, low beams and wattle and daub Fresh Griddled...

  • Vegetarian Restaurant

    Very good vegetarian food all made right on the premises. A changing variety on the menu and very generous portions, home-made cakes, desserts and a good range of drinks. The shop also sells gifts and crafts. Eat in or out.Daytime opening only with late opening until 10pm on Fridays, often with live jazz.Situated in a fine restored, award winning,...


Rugby Nightlife

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  • Much better elsewhere

    This poor little place doesn't know what it wants to be. Cocktails on offer, football on upstairs, odd menu, but no where comfortable to eat it. It's been called many things over the years, all the same owner I gather. The door staff are unpredictable (don't go on England match nights, if they lose the door staff are vile...). They hold nights in...

  • Stylish (What else?)

    The Style Bar in Rugby is a great place to be if you are looking for a relaxing and well styled bar with tempting food and a good selection of drinks from Coffee to Cocktails. The atmosphere is chilled and sophisticated yet it is a vibrant and fun filled place to be.Monday to Thursday: 12:00 pm to MidnightFriday to Saturday: 12:00 pm to 3:00...

  • Good late night bar

    Style bar is a fairly new addition to Rugby nightlife.It is a very popular bar and caters for the over 21 crowd which is a welcome addition to Rugby.There is an outside area for warmer nights and plenty of sofas and chairs to relax in. No sports shirts


Rugby Shopping

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  • Outdoor clothes

    It's a family run business since 1930 and on line since 200.They sell everything for hiking, camping, running, rucksacks climbing and outdoor equipment.They do have all the well known brands as The North Face, Berghaus, Barber, Graghoppers and many more.The staff are very helpful and know their products well and also they will explain to the...

  • Everything to do with rugby

    In the Webb Ellis sports shop you will find all different size and colours of rugby balls, rugby bootsand rugby kits for different clubs and local schools.Opening times: 9.30 am - 17.00pm Monday to Saturday.Sunday it's closed Anything to do with rugby football.

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Rugby Warnings and Dangers

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    by geoveo Updated Jun 5, 2007

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    Recently Rugby has started a serious parking régime. The area now known as the "Independent Quarter", Regent Street and Albert Street, is crawling with traffic wardens (usually in pairs). They give no mercy.

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Rugby Tourist Traps

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    by redflame100 Written Oct 18, 2004

    We bought a three hour car park ticket and were back within less than an hour having exhausted the beauties of Rugby.

    Although car parking there is cheap you really do not need long unless you plan to shop, visit the rugby museums or walk round the place 3 or 4 times.

    It is beautiful but there is not much to see.

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Rugby Off The Beaten Path

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    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

    Lawrence Sheriff School it’s just on the outskirts of central Rugby but if you have got the time its worth visiting as it’s such a nice building. It was built in 1878 in an Elizabethan style and named after Lawrence Sheriff who was a grocer to Queen Elizabeth I. He had earned a great fortune during his life and as he was childless he had left his fortune by bequest to the school so the boys of Rugby could gain an education.
    In 1554 he was elected to the Worshipful Company of Grocers and he was granted a coat of arms which it’s featured under his statue at the school and also at the Rugby School.
    He owned eight acres of land in Bloomsbury London which it’s one of the most expensive areas but the estate has sold a lot of properties back in 1970. The British Library holds plans from 1752 of the estate of Great Ormond Street owned by Rugby School. A lot of streets in Bloomsbury are associated with Rugby like Rugby Street, Lambs Conduit Street, Theobald’s Road and Great Ormond Street Hospital it’s in the land that he owned. All the rental income of the remaining property on the land goes towards the upkeep of Rugby school.

    The Parents Association it’s in the Guinness book of records as the UK’s oldest Parents

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