About Rugby


Perhaps the most famous landmark in the town is the school that has made 'Rugby' a name of world renown, Rugby School. One of the country's most prestigious public schools and also one of the oldest, Rugby School was famously where the sport of rugby was first conceived and played.

Invented in the early nineteenth century by pupil William Webb Ellis, whose name is immortalised in the form of the trophy presented to winners of the Rugby World Cup, the game is now a global sport which in turn has made the town of Rugby famous in its own right.

One of many fine public spaces in central Rugby is Caldecott Park, which is located near the Victorian town hall. With over ten acres of tranquil open grass, floral displays and wooded areas, as well as children's play areas and sporting facilities, the park is the perfect spot to relax in.

Due to a major restoration project, the park looks set to regain much of its pre-war grandeur as much of its ornate wrought iron fencing and decorative floral staircase will be reinstated. The park regularly hosts entertainment and music events over the summer months as well as craft fairs and exhibitions.

Art lovers visiting the town are instantly drawn to the fine collection of contemporary art and sculpture on show at Rugby's art gallery and museum, which also plays host to a richly varied collection of Roman artefacts originating in the area.