Celebrate English Tourism Week with a guided tour of the town centre

RUGBY Visitor Centre celebrates English Tourism Week with the return of free guided tours of the town centre.
Rugby Visitor Centre celebrates English Tourism Week with free guided tours of the town centre.
12 March 2024
Sport and leisure

The year's first guided tour of The Rugby Town takes place on Friday (15 March), the launch date of Visit Britain's annual campaign to celebrate tourism's contribution to communities and the economy.

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.

Friday's general history guided tour starts at 10am, with another general history tour starting at 11am on Saturday followed by a special tour of the town centre's public art trail, starting at 2pm.

General history tours also take place on Wednesday 20 March (11am) and Saturday 23 March (2pm), while a special tour focusing on Rugby's rich sporting heritage also takes place on Saturday 23 March from 11am.

All free tours start at Rugby Visitor Centre. Places must be booked in advance by booking online at www.therugbytown.co.uk/townguides or by calling the visitor centre on (01788) 533217.         

Cllr Adam Daly, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for leisure and wellbeing, said: "Our team of volunteer town guides have helped thousands of residents and visitors discover the history in the heart of our town centre, from the well-known story of William Webb Ellis giving the world a game to hidden historical gems on our doorstep.

"English Tourism Week gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate Rugby's heritage and discover fascinating stories from the borough's past, and I'd encourage everyone interested to sign up for a tour."

Following the tours for English Tourism Week, a free guided tour of the town centre takes place on Good Friday (29 March) and then every Saturday from 30 March to 28 September.

For more information about town centre events and visitor attractions, visit www.therugbytown.co.uk