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Museum - Sport, free entry



Webb Ellis shop


5 St. Matthews Street,
CV21 3BY


A small museum located less than 100 yards from where the game began. Match balls have been hand stitched on this site for over 180 years. A wealth of rugby memorabilia for the rugby enthusiast.

The museum is situated opposite Rugby School in the original building where James Gilbert, boot and shoemaker, made the first rugby footballs in 1842. This tradition still continues today, giving it the accolade of having the longest continuous association with the game of rugby in the world.

The museum underwent a sympathetic redevelopment in November 2009, designed to improve the display conditions and the interpretation of the collection for visitors, whilst preserving the distinctive historic atmosphere of the famous shop and workshop.

It was officially re-opened on Thursday 12th November 2009 by former England captain and World Cup winner Martin Corry.

Visitors in a wheelchair: please call prior to your visit.

Disabled accessFacilities for groupsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5pm.
CLOSED on Sundays and public holidays.


Free entry


Nearest major road is M6. From M6 take the A426 to the junction of the A428, turn left, museum is situated opposite Rugby School.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Rugby station


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

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