The Birthplace of the Game

Birthplace of the game visitor attractions

When William Webb Ellis caught a football at Rugby School and ran with it, a game was born.

Although 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.  During 2023, Rugby School, birthplace of the game, will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of rugby football.

Rugby School Guided Tours 

For rugby fans, a visit to Rugby School alongside a guided tour is a must. Make sure you visit The Close, the hallowed turf where the game began, and the bronze statue of William Webb Ellis opposite The Close, celebrating the moment he carved his name in history.  

Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum 

You can discover more of the history of the game during a trip to the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, where William Gilbert manufactured the first rugby balls. 

Pathway of Fame

Explore the historic market town of Rugby by following the Pathway of Fame - a trail of bronze plaques celebrating the icons of the game.