The birthplace of Rugby football


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.  You can visit the Hall of Fame (located in the same building as the Library, Museum and Art Gallery on Little Elborow Street) free of charge, 7 days a week.  Visit TheRugbyTown website to book your tickets or call Rugby Visitor Centre on 01788 533217.

During your visit you can discover how Rugby gave the game to the world and how today's global sport still has its roots in the town.

You can also visit The Close at Rugby School, the hallowed turf where the game began, and the bronze statue of William Webb Ellis which celebrates the moment he carved his name in history.

You can discover 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.