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Rugby School & Museum

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Address: Barby Road | Rugby School Shop, Rugby CV22 5DS, England
Phone Number: +44 1788 556169
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 14:30
Sat 09:30 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This guided walking tour around Rugby School includes the School Museum,...

This guided walking tour around Rugby School includes the School Museum, The Close, Chapel and other points of historical interest. Our museum houses many fascinating artifacts, including the first written rules of Rugby Football and examples of early balls and caps. See 'The Close' where the game began, The Old Quad where Tom Brown played, and walk in the footsteps of Lewis Carroll. There are many examples of William Butterfield's stunning architecture. Drop in tours run most Saturdays at 2pm. Groups at other times by arrangement.

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We went on a tour of the school yesterday. Angus was our guide and his knowledge and enthusiasm brought the whole experience alive for us. The town came first, then the school... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a tour of the school yesterday. Angus was our guide and his knowledge and enthusiasm brought the whole experience alive for us. The town came first, then the school, then the game! We are pleased to say we now understand the origins of the game of rugby, particularly the funny shape ball, brought to life by Angus's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We went on a tour recently of the school and the museum. Our tour guide Angus was friendly, informative and enthusiastic about sharing the history of the school, the game and the influence the school has had on the town. Some surprising insights into the people who founded the school and those who went to the school. Whether you are... More 

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Pelsall, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Took a party of TG Ladies for a tour of Rugby School on the 15th September. It was excellent. Our guide Mr Sweeney bought the place to life for us, explaining about the history and showing us many of the amazing buildings. I would recommend it, booking necessary but at a cost of £5.00 person very good value

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had an excellent extensive tour of the school with interesting anecdotes about the history of the game of rugby and the way the pupils lived from the time the school was first opened until now. David was friendly and funny and pointed out many details about the architecture and how the school came to be in the first place.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We had booked a tour of Rugby School for a group of 10 friends from our village. We found Karen at the school shop very helpful in planning details, although her recommended parking facility had a limit of 3 hours, which was clearly going to be insufficient for the tour followed by lunch that she knew we had organised. She... More 

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Alicante, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Taming the future generations for over 400 years, and sending them into the world, with an all-round education and an understanding of life. AND the home of the game of rugby. Thank you David for showing us around.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

A most interesting - and long overdue - visit here. And led by a truly competent and enthusiastic tour leader.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I took a group of relatives and friends on this tour and we were all impressed with our knowledgeable guide, Mr. Sweeney. He bought history alive for our group and imparted his knowledge of the school, it's buildings and the sport through stories and anecdotes. We were particularly interested in the way the rules of the sport developed over the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I visited Rubby school museum on 19 July 2016. Angus was our guide. A really great guide that made me get in touch with a new extraordinary world: the world of rugby and its fascinating history. I suggest everybody to come and visit this peaceful and welcoming Town to discover the real rugby tradition.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I've wanted to do this tour for years, and it's taken until I'm living miles away for it to happen. Our guide was a very knowledgeable lady who obviously loved the school. She told us its history - and more - in an articulate, warm and amusing fashion. We learned a good deal about the school's history and about the... More 

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