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“Very interesting tour”

Rugby School & Museum
Ranked #1 of 27 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.
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Spent a couple of hours on a tour of the school and it’s grounds last weekend. The tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. Questions were always answered and our small family group felt we learned so much about the origins of the school, the Headmasters vision and some of its former famous students. We were particularly interested in the background of William Webb Ellis, how he was born in Salford and brought to Rugby School by his very forward thinking Mother and where his life would lead him from there. Would definitely recommend a visit.
NB: We telephoned the school prior to our visit but they said that we didn’t need to pre book and just to turn up on the day and buy the tickets in the small gift shop, which we did and that worked well.

Thank lynda g
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Rugby School may be synonymous with Rugby Football, and its place in sporting heritage is duly honoured, but the tour offers so much more of general interest. Inspired by Oxford Quads, the architecture includes a magnificent chapel with its fabulous William Morris Window and monuments to former pupils Lewis Carroll and Rupert Brooke. Our Bank Holiday weekend tour also included a gatehouse classroom replete with galleried library, and paneling constructed from graffiti laden reclaimed desktops. An excellent 90 minute introduction for any first time visitor to the town.

Thank Questers
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

The impressive buildings, mostly from the Victorian period make the birthplace of Rugby football one of the most atmospheric places in England.

Don't expect any tours though as this is a working school and parts of it are locked for the pupils safety.

If you do get a chance though take a look in the chapel, you will see a memorial to Lewis Carroll who was a pupil there.

One thing you can see is the birching tower from Tom Browns Schooldays, it's the tower just down from the Web Ellis plaque where students would ascend to see the "Bodger" (Headmaster)

Thank G-J-Allensby
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Rugby1567, Museum & Tour Guide at Rugby School & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you for your kind comments about our beautiful buildings - we are in agreement with you there! And yes, the safety of our pupils is paramount, which is why we don't allow any unsupervised access to our campus. The only way to visit the School is through the organised tour, details of which are listed here on Tripadvisor and on our website.

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Informative tour, thoroughly enjoyable, easy to book Everyone helpful, very affordable, guides waiting to greet us, lovely experience. easy walking round for children & elderly. If you are visiting Rugby you must do this.

Thank Pam M
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Had a brilliant tour hosted by David today. So much to learn and see. A great insight into the history of the school and some of the pupils. And that's in addion to the stunning setting. A real trip back in time.

Thank Nick B
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