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Take a guided tour of The Rugby Town

FREE guided tours of the town centre start next week, giving visitors and residents the chance to discover fascinating facts about Rugby's history.

Guided tours
Free guided tours of the town centre start next month. Published Wednesday, 29th March 2023

Organised by Rugby Visitor Centre, the tours take in iconic buildings and landmarks in the town centre, with expert guides revealing the stories behind the borough's rich history.

Stops on the tours include the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, the statue commemorating William Webb Ellis, The Queen's Gates at the entrance of The Close at Rugby School, St Andrew's Church, the statue of Rupert Brooke and the monument to Sir Frank Whittle.

The first free tour of the year takes place on Good Friday (7 April) at 11am, with tours taking place at 11am on every Saturday from 8 April to the end of September.

And on Saturday 6 May a special Coronation tour takes place, with the guides revealing Rugby's regal connections on the day the country celebrates the coronation of King Charles III.

Places on all tours must be booked in advance by calling Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217 or online at

Tours start at Rugby Visitor Centre, except the Coronation tour, which starts in Caldecott Park.

Tom Kittendorf, Rugby Borough Council's chief officer for leisure and wellbeing, said: "Our team of volunteer town guides share a real passion for Rugby's heritage and over the years have helped thousands of residents and visitors discover the history in the heart of the town centre.

"With the coronation of King Charles III and rugby union celebrating its bicentenary, it's the perfect time to celebrate the history on your doorstep and find out more about the borough's past."

For more information about town centre events and visitor attractions, visit

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