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.

Things To Do in Rugby

There’s plenty to do for an enjoyable evening out in the town of Rugby. Rugby Theatre hosts ten main productions a year, including classical drama, modern plays and mainstream musicals. Performances are delivered entirely by volunteers within the venue’s intimate setting, the combination of which provides a unique atmosphere for live entertainment.

Many of the pubs and bars in the town centre contribute to the local music scene. Regular gigs and open mic nights cover a range of genres. If you’re looking to test your knowledge, quiz nights can be found on days throughout the week.

The Benn Hall is the town’s largest multi-purpose events venue. Since opening in 1961, it has played host to a wealth of famous faces, entertained thousands of guests, and been the setting for many unforgettable occasions. A regular programme of events includes music, tribute acts, comedy, theatre, dance and performance.

Eat & Drink in Rugby

The town centre has a wonderful selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy, with a mix of chains alongside local establishments.

If you’re hoping for a relaxing coffee or lunchtime bite, you don’t need to look far.

For evening meals, most cuisines are catered for – Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican and British – with fast food options if you’re on the go and restaurants for that special occasion.

Places to Stay in Rugby

Rugby has a great selection of accommodation options where you can stay during your visit or before you move on to another destination.

There’s a good mix of commercial and independently managed hotels, with upmarket options for a unique stay. Self-catering and bed and breakfast establishments are also available.

Warwickshire has a very popular canal network with a number of local providers renting narrow boats for holidays and short breaks.

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