Rugby (England)

Rugby is a market town in the Borough of Rugby in Warwickshire, in the West Midlands region of England, part of the United Kingdom.

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James Gilbert Rugby Football Museum

The, ''town centre, opposite the main entrance to Rugby School, open Mo-Sa 9am-5pm, admission free'' - housed in the building where James Gilbert made the very first rugby football in 1842, this little museum is especially popular with rugby fans. Hand-made balls are still manufactured here and the process may be viewed by visitors from Mondays to Wednesdays.

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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

A nationally-recognised collection exploring the Roman past (by means of remains excavated at nearby ''Tripontium''), Rugby's cultural heritage and the great collection of Modern Art. A visitor information center is available here also.

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Travelodge Rugby Central Hotel

Travelodge Rugby Central Hotel - Opened in 2012 - Very close to the train station, has a Tesco Express next to it. It is just down the road from the town centre.


The Three Horse Shoes

Close to Rugby School and main shopping area. Originally an 18th century coaching inn.



About Rugby (England)

The town is credited with being the birthplace of rugby football, and is a must visit for the avid rugby fan. 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 Rugby School. Rugby is a birthplace of the jet engine. In the 19th century, Rugby became famous for its once hugely important railway junction which was the setting for Charles Dickens's story Mugby Junction. The town also inspired Thomas Hughes, (author of Tom Brown's Schooldays) to set up a colony in America, for the younger sons of the English gentry, who couldn't inherit under the laws of primogeniture. He named the town Rugby. The town of Rugby, Tennessee, still exists today. Rugby has always been a centre for the surrounding farming communities, and a weekly cattle market continued to be held in the town until April 2008, but it was the coming of the London & Birmingham Railway in 1838 which caused a significant expansion of the town. In 1840 a junction with the Midland Counties Railway from Leicester was completed and in consequence major railway yards and other heavy engineering industries developed in the town. The now demolished Rugby Radio Station would have been the radio station that would broadcast a firing message for Britain's nuclear submarine Polaris, should it have been necessary, according to declassified information. The radio station was key in linking London to New York. The decline of heavy engineering and the downgrading of the railway facilities led to a decline in the town. However, efforts have been made to exploit the central location of the town to attract new businesses and distribution centres to the area.

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