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Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum


The museum is situated opposite Rugby School in the original building where James Gilbert, boot and shoemaker, made the first rugby footballs in 1842. The collection is displayed in four themed areas: the origins of rugby, famous players and teams throughout the ages, the growth of the game and the traditional manufacture of the rugby ball. The collection is privately owned and unstaffed and visits are self-led.


Opening times

Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 5pm.

Open on certain Bank Holidays (please ring to check)

Closed on Sundays.


The museum is situated in St. Matthew's street, opposite the Webb Ellis statue. Please note: the museum's main door is currently closed, access is via the Webb Ellis sports shop next door.



5 St. Matthew's Street, Rugby, CV21 3BY

E-mail address


01788 567777