Car hire in Rugby
Car hire in Rugby
Rugby, birthplace of the sport, is a town in Warwickshire, located within easy reach of both the M1 and M6 motorways. Rugby's nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX), which is under 40 minutes' drive from the bustling market town. Cities including Northampton, Leicester and Coventry are also closeby.
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Where to pick up my car
Most Rugby car rental suppliers are positioned just off the A426, which is one of the main roads running through the town, leading directly from the M6 into the heart of Rugby. From there, you can explore the town centre itself or drive further afield to explore the rest of the Midlands.
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Where to go
The famous Rugby School is where the now widely-loved sport was first invented and there are many attractions in the town celebrating this heritage, including a dedicated museum, while visitors can tour the public school itself. Nearby Northampton (12 miles away) has some stunning stately homes, including Althorp Hall, where Diana, Princess of Wales, is buried.
Leicester is a 45-minute drive from Rugby, where you'll find the final resting place of King Richard III after his body was discovered underneath a local car park, as well as the National Space Centre. Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon is a 50-minute car journey from Rugby, where visitors can enjoy a tour around the playwright's former home.
An hour and 20 minutes from Rugby is Nottingham, where you can see everything from castles to caves and a working windmill. Worcester Cathedral, the resting place of King John, is a similar distance from Rugby, while London can be reached by car in just over two hours.
Eating and drinking
Rugby has a great range of traditional British pubs, as well as eateries serving cuisine from around the world. If you want to try a local Midlands delicacy, look out for locally-produced pork pies and chutneys, and make sure to accompany them with a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
Things to do
Sports fans will love the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, where you can learn all about the history of the great sport and see artefacts from legendary games over the years. Lovers of the Great Outdoors will enjoy a visit to the Swift Valley Nature Reserve, which has its own herd of Highland cows.
Rugby School doesn't just have credentials as the birthplace of rugby, as it is also the place where figures including Lewis Carroll (of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland fame) and First World War poet Rupert Brooke were educated. Learn all about this and more during a tour of the famous public school.
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