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This compact and busy town is well worth a visit and has more to offer than its historic links to the game of rugby...
Webb Ellis is cited as the founder of the game that became rugby and today you can visit the Rugby Football Museum named in his honour. Packed with rugby memorabilia, rugby history, and even a comprehensive story explaining how the famous oval-shaped ball developed, it's a fascinating place to visit.
The town centre is home to the usual selection of high street shops, bars, restaurants and pubs and there is good parking for visitors. Somewhere you may wish to visit is Lewis Gallery Exhibitions at Rugby School, a home for local artists.
The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is also in the town centre and showcases work by artists such as Bridget Riley, LS Lowry and Barbara Hepworth, all well-known names from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Guy Fawkes also has links to the area. The original plot to blow up Parliament was hatched by Robert Catesby when he joined up with soldiers, including Guy, to launch the audacious attack in the Old Lion Inn at Dunchurch just outside the town.
Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, Coombe Country Park and Draycote Water Country Park are all excellent for walks and situated on the outskirts of the town.
Birmingham (BHX), East Midlands (EMA) and London Luton (LTN) airports are the nearest to the town, reached in a little over an hour along the M1 or M6 motorways. You can pick up your hire car at these airports or at downtown locations in Rugby. To find the best price on car rental in Rugby, use TravelSupermarket's search tool to the left.
When you get a great deal on car hire, Rugby and the wider area become more easily accessible. So where should you go?
Coventry is just a 30-minute drive away and home to Coventry Cathedral. With the city severely bombed during the Second World War, the modern day cathedral was built as a replacement to the original church to its side. The city has excellent shopping and entertainment and is also home to the Ricoh Stadium used for football and many concerts.
To the south-west of Rugby you will find the three towns of Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa and Kenilworth. Warwick is best known for Warwick Castle, with its impressive towers and ramparts and extensive parklands complete with peacocks and even a glamping park! Packed with history and exhibitions, it makes an ideal day out in your hire car. Kenilworth has castle ruins and Leamington has Georgian architecture as well as the Royal Pump Rooms and Baths.
The Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre is a collection of historic motor vehicles in Gaydon. The largest gathering of historic British cars sees more than 300 vehicles in the exhibition halls set within an art deco building and parkland. It's a great visit for lovers of Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls Royce and more.
Stratford-upon-Avon is reached within an hour. Home to William Shakespeare, you can visit various sites in town such as Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre complex and Shakespeare's Birthplace in Henley Street. With the River Avon running through the town, you can also enjoy a cruise on the water or enjoy a meal or drink overlooking the parkland running alongside.
And with Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester within easy reach, you'll certainly make the most of your rental car.