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“Tom Brown we envy you”

Rugby School & Museum
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Rugby
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Tom Brown we envy you”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Although not the actual museum, we spent a day on a tour around the school with a friend who was a student there until late June of this year. Parts of the school grounds are open to the public and certainly worth a visit. Rugby itself is steeped in history, sports fans will find plenty of history in and around the town, especially as it is the birthplace of Rugby Football. The countryside around Rugby is magnificent and the town is in easy reach of Coventry, Leamington, Warwick, Nuneaton etc. etc. Well worth a visit, but give yourself time to soak it up.

Visited June 2014
Thank Brian B
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great visit, fabulous guide.”
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect as I'm not a fan of group tours. I tend to view things quickly and move on! However, this your was fascinating. Did you know the origin of the saying, 'keep it under your hat' ? Well you will by the end if this tour.
We saw classrooms, the church and the museum - all really interesting. I think it was £6 ish each (a friend paid) and it was worth it. Our trip left at 2pm from the bookshop - the numbers are limited but we didn't book and still managed 4 places.
Enjoy it - fascinating.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Sue S
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Take the Rugby School tour it is amazing... the chapel is particularly beautiful. Book the tour through the Rugby School shop and take a leisurely tour to see where Web Ellis ignored the rules, picked up that ball and ran with it

Visited June 2014
Thank Janny R
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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238 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Rugby history”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We expected it to be a bit more than it was, but well done anyway. Interesting information about the history of the game of Rugby.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Krisherron
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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182 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Brilliant piece of history!”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We took some relatives who were over from New Zealand and avid Rugby fans to see the school! They loved the building and the history, and were delighted to be able to go and look at The Close, where Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran. They spent a lot of time reading about the school and spent a good two hours going around. The young lady who attended the school and took us on the tour was also very helpful and was a mine of information! A great way to spend an afternoon.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Sharon M
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