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Rugby is a local government district with borough status in eastern Warwickshire, England. The borough comprises the town of Rugby where the council has its headquarters, and the rural areas surrounding the town. The borough stretches from Coventry to the west, to the borders with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire to the east. It borders the Warwickshire districts of Warwick to the south-west, Stratford to the south, and Nuneaton and Bedworth to the north-west.

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      19.09.2010 16:45
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      In one word, perhaps 'dive'.

      Rugby is one of those kinda places that sparks sentiment of a certain resonant charm, without having visited the town.

      And that is the way one should leave it. In fact I would recommend to avoid it.

      Apart from the Rugby School which is not an open toursit attraction, it has nothing at all: no I lie. It is a backward little place, with the small town usually scattered with loitering types.

      There aren't any decent shops, as there aren't any decent shoppers. There is the clocktower shopping arcade which is great if you enjoy pound shops, kwik save supermarkets, and watching single mums being courted by dosser teenagers who do not seem to be part of the schooling or working fraternities, and scream around the place immaturely and unconstructively.

      There aren't any decent restuarants, and recently on an evening, a guy was murdered in the high street for no reason. A reasonable scatter of kebab shops which seems to be a typical Rugby supper for most young school children, still seen wearing their uniforms late at night.

      There is a drugs problem, as there is in most places nowadays. There doesn't seem to be much of a boy racer problem, but that is partly because those that would be partial to a supermarket carpark cruise cannot afford cars worth cruising.

      Loutish behaviour is quite prevalent. In the summer one can observe a high rate of bare chested youths wandering and swaggering around with tracky bottoms tucked into their socks, puffing away at cigarettes as though they are John Wayne, but not worn out from working.

      The hub of the culture can be found at the end of the estate agents street, which blends into Albert St. This is somewhat of a wrong turn, because there are usually crowds dispersing from the Jobcentre, armed with crisis loans, and ready to hit the local pubs. Which are mostly all characterless concrete blocks, full of hardened drinkers, or hardening drinkers.

      Perhaps the most upmarket shop in the whole of Rugby, is a quaint household shop, near to a nice interior design shop. This isn't observed by the Rugby sterotype, as the window display would be meaningless and without any connective appeal. Parking is a problem, and wardens do their utmost to hit their targets.

      Rugby is of course similarly famous for it's concrete. Sadly, much of the architecture that doesn't belong to the Rugby School, is made out of it.

      There is a thriving Magistrates Court, and a nice park which has recently been improved. It is adjacent to the Town Hall, opposite Gala Bingo, and a rough drinkers pub on the corner. The background swells onto a large housing estate which is like a tidal wave surrounding the town.

      If you didn't know anything about Webb Ellis, you would be bored of it all after a brief history excursion. Brief because we have already covered the two only main elements that comprise it's history: the school, and the cement factory. Bored, because the only other love of Rugby is the game itself, which is ingrained into the people.

      A toursit shop to avoid is the Webb Ellis sportwear shop. As one does in seaside shops, when buying tack and sticks of rock, they in turn sell Rugby balls etc. The quality is pretty poor, and not of a decent standard.

      The best part of Rugby is the motorway network that hurriedly relieves visitors back to their places of origin. I forgot that there aren't any decent Hotels either.

      Hopefully having read my review, you will have a balanced view of the place. You may find that the £30 worth of fuel that you had contemplated wasting on a trip to Rugby, may be better served on a lovely bottle of Irish Whisky and a DVD. At least there is a slimmer chance of being stabbed to death in the comfort of your own home, whilst you can keep a tight hold of your charming vision of what Rugby may be like, without the disappointing shattering of disillusion.

      The wonderful thing about Rugby

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        12.04.2010 01:57
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        nice town

        Rugby is the home of Rugby football created by William Webb Ellis. And has one of Englands oldest public schools, Rugby school. It is also where Frank Whittle created the worlds first jet-engine. It is a town in Warwickshire but is the second largest town in England.

        I absolutely hated Rugby, and took it for granted. But, since I've moved to Jarrow, Tyne and Wear which is the worst location I have ever been in with absolutely nothing going for it, it is a complete ghost town! I realise Rugby is not the worst place to be.

        There are statues of the famous Rubert Brooke and William Webb Ellis, there is also a Webb Ellis shop where I used to get my school uniform as I had a Rugbyish type of uniform. Places you can visit in Rugby are The Rugby School Museum where you can learn about the history of the school and Rugby Town, if you are interested in historic places.

        The Clock Towers shopping centre in Rugby is not too bad for a town and they are constantly adding more shops to improve it. Shops in Rugby include : Topshop, New look, Hope, Next, Evans and many more that I can't remember at the top of my head. Also a nice cheap and cheerful market. If you are looking for a real shop then you can grab a train into Coventry or Birmingham which is where I did all of my shopping. Leicester is also near but you have to get 2 trains there so it is much easier to get a bus although it takes forever at 45 minutes.

        As far as food goes in town, it is never going to have a Burger King is it, but there's Mcdonalds, 2 Subways and nice little Coffee shops. If you are on more of a night out then there are lots of Chippys and take aways such as the town fryer, indian and chinese takeaways located in the town, although there's so many you are not quite sure on which to choose!

        Nightlife is not the best, if you are a pub kind of person then there are too many pubs to list, it was famous for having so many pubs. But there is one club called Walkabout, which I'd say was average but my mum sure loves it. Sometimes it's just easier to go to Walkabout but if you are looking for a real night out then you can hop on a train to Coventry which only takes 5 minutes. There is a lot more selection in Coventry and you can get a taxi back, although this is expensive.

        If you are looking for a nice day out with the family then you can go to Draycott waters which is a park where you can have picnics and stuff, another alternative is Coombe Abbey which is just on the outskirts and near to Coventry. A nice park located in the centre of Rugby is Caldecott park, you can go for a nice walk with the family or watch your children play in the play area.

        The schools are not bad. I left school in 2008 but I hear the schools have improved since then. Rugby School is a great private school though if you can afford to send your children there. There is also a great school called Brooke school for disabled children where my sister goes which is located in Hillside. There's also Rugby College where all my friends went to but I wanted a change and went to Coventry city college and I got there on the train which is only 2 minutes away from me and it was a fun experience.

        For leisure time there is Leicester road where there's a nice bowling alley and Cineworld cinema which makes a fun day or night, the bowling alley also has arcade games and a snooker table. Also in the Junction one area there is a Curry's, Mcdonald's, Laura Ashley, Pizza Hut, TKMax, Next, Pets at home, and other shops.

        There is also a leisure centre called Ken Marriot, I seen a review on here saying the pool is dirty, that is not true! It's clean and there is a shallow end and deep end and there is a childrens pool. Also in the Ken Mariot there is a Cafe which is quite expensive, prices vary, but they do nice food on the go. There are also a range of keep fit classes such as kickboxing, boxercise, water aerobics and many more. I went to a dancing class here and it only cost 2.50 a session. They also do a Roller disco which I hear is fun as my sister and her friends go.

        Also there is loads of supermarkets, there's a Tesco's express, 2 sainsbury's and a good Asda located in town. You are never short of corner shops as where I live there is a shop on every street.

        The only bad area in Rugby is Brownsover where you will find a lot of hoodrats about, but everywhere else such as Hillmorton, Town, Dunchurch, Bilton etc are nice places to be and are full of friendly people.

        If you are interested in any other information then let me know and I'll add it to the review.

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          12.02.2009 22:37
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          Great town full of history, nice places to eat and drink and stay and visit

          Well as a life long rugbian, I thought I'd write about my lovely hometown of Rugby, I hear people slate our town all the time, whether it be work colleagues or friends or even past reviews etc, but to be honest although there obviously are some bad points about Rugby, there are those in every town of the UK, we all have our bad areas, overall I think Rugby is a really nice town, with some great people and a lot of history, and I think that if you know what places to look at and what Rugby has to offer you will not be disappointed.

          *****Places to visit that come be of interest*****

          **Webb Ellis Rugby Museum**

          The game of Rugby football was invented in our town by the famous Rugbian William Webb Ellis and he has been celebrated by having a pub names after him, a statue and also a museum.
          The museum is based in the town centre, just opposite the lovely statue of William on St Mathews street; the museum is based in the same building where James Gilbert made the first Rugby ball. The museum is packed full of memorabilia celebrating the game of Rugby and also loads of History about the game of rugby and Mr. Webb Ellis.
          The museum is open Monday to Saturday 0900-1700 and the admission is free of charge.
          If you are a rugby fan you will love it and also there are lots of things to buy, including a genuine Gilbert Football.


          **Rugby school museum**

          We have one of the oldest and the best public schools in England, Rugby school, I'm not sure if many of you have read Tom Browns schooldays by Thomas Hughes but this was based on this school and I think every Rugby child is made to read this book at school. (Thomas Hughes has a lovely statue of himself also outside the speech rooms) Some of the schools other famous pupils include Neville Chamberlain, Lewis Carroll, Matthew Arnold and Salman Rushdie and again Mr. William Webb Ellis.
          There are Guided tours of the School available so you will be able to see the various buildings and locations which show you the history of the school. The tours though are only carried out on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm .The tour lasts about 1½ hours. Some or all of the following buildings will be included in the tour:
          * The Old Big School (original classroom)
          * Temple Speech Room
          * The Chapel
          * The Close and surroundings
          * The Old Gymnasium
          * The Museum and Shop
          Tours begin in the Bookshop which is on Barby Road and costs £5.95 per person.

          **Other places to visit**

          There are loads more places to visit which include places such as the Rugby Art gallery and museum, Draycote waters, Coombe Abbey, and all the gunpowder plot buildings in Dunchurch which is a small village just on the outskirts of Rugby.

          **Places to eat**

          **Brownsover Hall Hotel**

          Brownsover Hall Hotel in Brownsover, Rugby is a beautiful gothic hotel which does some great lunches and is a lovely place to stay also. (I have done a review of this hotel previously) This building is steeped in history also and worth a visit not only for lunch but also to see where Sir Frank Whittle designed the worlds first prototype of the jet engine in what they call the Drawing room, its quite nice to see while obviously tucking into there gorgeous food and also there are loads of ghost stories etc that the staff love telling.

          **Rupert Brooke café**

          This café is names after another famous rumbaing Mr Rupert Brooke. Rugby was the birthplace of Rupert Brooke, he was born in a house a few doors down from where my mother in law lives actually on hillmorton rd. Rupert Brooke was a famous first world war poet, his most well known poem and the one that I would say is most familiar to people is the Soldier.

          If I should die, think only this of me:
          That there's some corner of a foreign field
          That is for ever England. There shall be
          In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
          A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
          Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
          A body of England's, breathing English air,
          Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

          And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
          A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
          Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
          Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
          And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
          In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

          (BEFORE ANYONE SLATES ME FOR PUTTING IN A POEM, I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO DETRACT FROM THE REVIEW, BUT I THOUGHT IT MAYBE INTERESTING)

          It's the most beautiful poem and I can remember my granddad teaching me this poem when I was younger and telling me all about Rupert Brooke, apparently his father knew him well.

          Anyway this café does a selection of sandwiches and meals at great prices and you are always guaranteed a warm welcome and great service.
          They do a great ommlette, and I just like the fact that it's a local business that's been there for as long as I can remember.

          **Other places to eat**

          There are many other places to eat to suit all budgets, there are all your usual chain places, such as whetherspoons, Brewster's, pizza hut, café Uno etc etc.We also have some wonderful restaurants such as The Huntsman (Dunchurch) and Casa loco (see previous reviews)


          **Shopping**

          Rugby does not have the best selection when it comes to shopping but we have a ok range for the size of our town including all the usual chains such as topshop, burtons, Dorothy Perkins, boots, next, wilko's, poundland, Argos etc etc.

          We have a lovely market that although is not as good as it used to be when I was a little girl, is still lovely especially for fruit and veg.

          We also have some great little independent stores such as Eliza Doolittle, terracotta, abraxas and many more.

          **Entertainment**

          The local theatre on Henry Street has some great shows including the up and coming production of little women.
          We also have the Benn hall in Rugby which have some great entertainment including tribute bands, supper dances, come dancing evenings, toy fairs, wedding fairs etc and the great Weight watchers classes....yuck!!!!

          We have so many pubs I could not even begin to list them, there are loads in the town centre, but I tend to stay clear of these places, as they always tend to make me feel old!! Haha!! But when I was a younger lady, they were a great laugh.
          Some of the pubs on the outskirts and also the locals are really nice.

          There are also some great themed evenings at local hotels and restaurants for eg. The Vermillion restaurant do a great Spanish themed evening with flamenco and a Spanish singer and music and for 20 pound you get paella and sangria for two people, really nice evening.

          **Summary**

          There are some great schools, great areas, great local clubs and chairities, and so much history, all in all I love Rugby and am proud to be a true Rugbian.
          I could obviously go on and on about my home town, but I won't all I will say is that is defiantly worth a visit and we have a lot to offer for a little town.

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            10.10.2008 23:03
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            i wouldnt want to live there!

            I used to work in Rugby a few years ago, i have family and friends that also live in Rugby so the time ive spent there at work and with them and their views of the town are what im basing this review on. To be honest which is what these reviews are all about, i wouldnt recommend a visit, a home, a job, a shop, a sports facility anywhere in rugby! The town is very small, the skyline dominated by the beauty of a cement works, the shopping centre is, hmmmmm rediculous that its called a shopping centre! The few times i did venture into the town for some nightlife after work i would always see a fight between rival chav gangs that hang around the town centre. Selection of shops are poor and getting worse from what ive heard and unemployment on the rise since i stopped working their. ive found the town being so small is very clicky, apparantly everyone knows everybodies business causing all the trouble in the town centre at nights.
            Overall well worth a visit, if you are mad!

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              10.10.2008 22:56
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              Nothing there

              Well what can i say about Rugby.

              Not alot really, not much at all to be honest its small has no shop and then all the good ones you do get end up closing.


              Oh and the nightlife i wouldnt recommend it - unless you want to be mugged, stabbed or beaten.

              A bit harsh......no not really, knife crime is at an all time high, with the papers reporting of stabbings most weeks, one recently that was fatal, and there was a report of a shooting this week and a man beaten by a baseball bat by a gand 0f 6.

              i know all towns etc have a bad part and i know that some people like to have a quiet and boring life, but really you literally have a museam that you will fall asleep looking around and the POSIBILITY of them EVER completing the building of ASDA that has ben promised for the last 10 years.

              With this being such a small town everyone knows your business too, i think that if you dont mind an open life and have no problem with keeping yourself to yourself then it could be fine.

              I lived in Rugby all my life up until 2 years ago and i cant say i have missed it, however i am sure that some people may think it is fantastic.

              I think everyone has different views of Rugby some dont mind the quiet life with reading almost every week of shootings, stabbings and fatalities and i know these happen every where just i think with Rugby being so small it is literally on your door step.

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                Historical town but little to do!

                I moved to Rugby around 5 years ago, and what can I say... dull! There is very little to do in Rugby, it has a overpriced cinema and bowling alley out of the town and not on any pubic transport routes!

                There are 2 soft play zones, 1 at the sports centre that is filthy and you risk your child coming out with all sorts of bugs afterwards, and one on an industrial estate, again not covered bu public transport.

                The swimming pool is in the town centre and is very dirty, the changing rooms smell from the drains and the classes held are inconsistant, and its currently closed due to tiles falling from the ceiling!! There are no swimming sessions after school until after 6pm, what a great way of the town council to keep familys fit and healthy!

                Nights out in Rugby you often see a fight happen and there are very few places to go out to. There is the merchants which has a nice atmosphere but no music. The dirty duck which varies. Bar sport which is about the best you can get in the lack of entertainment of rugby, or walkabout, which again varies.... what fun!!

                There are however lots of lovely places to eat and I highly recomend La Margerita, La casa loco and sumersaults.

                Rugby is a historical town but for the 5 mins to look round Rugby school and the museum there is very little left!

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                My beloved hometown which i no longer love is declining

                Well what can i say about my sunny hometown of Rugby.

                Not alot really, well what we are famous for is Mr William Webb Ellis who invented the game of rugby that day in 1823,(oh and we have just been told that he is not an historical figure, rugby observer sept 2008), then of course there is Rugby school and of course there is the beautiful rugby skyline dominated by the constant cloud of pollution pouring out of the fabulous cement works tower, and the best reason has got to be......yes the gladitor nightshade is from sunny rugby.....Woooohoooooo!!!!

                Well i really would love to do a cracking review of rugby but the truth is i can't.......the shops are pants, the massively over advertised clock towers precinct is the one the smallest i have seen, there are small independent business' shutting down all over the place.....and no one dare sample the rugby town nightlife for fear of being, mugged, stabbed or beaten.

                A bit harsh......no not really, knife crime is at an all time high, with the papers reporting of stabbings most weeks, one recently that was fatal, and there was a report of a shooting this week and a man beaten by a baseball bat by a gand 0f 6.

                Now i aint stupid i know this is now a problem in most towns and cities across the uk, but for such a small town like rugby i would say the problem is bad.

                I am looking to get out of rugby asap, so i certainly aint gonna recommend anyone move or visit here.

                One thing i will say is there are nice parts of rugby like there is in every town, and there are a number of new developments on the horizon, like the new Asda that is currently being built in the town centre and the new proposal to make our tesco even bigger, and the work on the train station is near completion bringing it more up to date. And the cattle market has now gone and will be developed likewise with the nearby mill road on the other side of the train station.

                But all this would not be enough to persude me to stay in rugby........and let me tell you i was born here and all my family live here and i used love the town i call home, but me like many of rugbys residents have become disillusioned and i just feel that at the moment that this will only get worse.

                I really hope i am wrong and maybe one day when i am older i could move back to my hometown and enjoy my reitrement here, but for now i am getting out and getting out quick.

                PLEASE NOTE THIS IS MY OPINION AND MY OPINION ONLY AND MOST OF MY REVIEW IS NOT BASED ON FACT BUT MY OPINION AS A LIFE LONG RESIDENT OF RUGBY!!!

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                WARNING: Reading this will mean entering the twilight zone…are you ready? The girl next to me at the bus stop stared at me as if I was an alien from another planet. Maybe she didn’t realise just how close to the truth that was. I’m a country girl now living in the town (good old Rugby) and I would have to class Kilsby, the village I grew up in as another planet. It was as I was pondering this thought that I realised her stare of curiosity was slowly changing into one of fear. I’d only smiled at her and said hello and now she was looking at me as if I was about to mug her or snatch her mobile phone. This is something that I just can’t get used to in Rugby. I used to walk the streets of Kilsby (no not like that!) and I could say hello to just about anyone and they would smile back (it was either that or wind). I moved to Rugby nearly two years ago and I’m still adjusting to the distance people put themselves at. I shouldn’t generalise, as my street is very different, just like “Neighbours” in fact. Everybody knows every body else’s name, but then that could just be because we’re all nosy, and we all know who is doing what with who. Take the lady over the road from me for example, now sh- Sorry, was gossiping. You came to this review to read about Rugby and that’s exactly what you shall get. To those who have never heard of Rugby but think it rings a bell then let me remind you of that silly game where lots of muscle-ridden-thighed men run around the pitch with a funny shaped ball. You know what I’m talking about? No the game was named after us not the other way around...<sighs> Rugby is famous for several things and if you’d like to hang around for a few minutes I’ll take you on a virtual tour of Rugby. As you may remember we’re standing at the bus stop at the end of my street, now ignore the girl who is now edg
                ing away from me and look straight over her head. There you’ll see what has been compared in the papers to something from NASA. Yes it’s the lovely Cement works. This oozes out a lovely cloud of dust over Rugby on a daily basis and is the main view from the front of my house. Ah here comes the buses! That wasn’t a typo at all because what I’ve found since moving to a town is that instead of the three buses a day that I was used to in the village, we now get three buses at any one time every fifteen minutes! Right we’ll sit at the back of the bus and I’ll point out the things worth looking at on the way. It’s a 4-minute ride to town and on the way we pass the lovely tower block of flats where you can often find “lovely” people hanging around at nighttime. Oh and there’s also a lovely Chinese on your left. Whilst we’re travelling I’ll just give you some facts (skip this if you’re just here for my general joking around about Rugby)... It was in 1567 that Lawrence Sheriff founded the world famous school where the game of rugby was created. The sport derived its name from our town when William Webb Ellis decided to pick up the ball and run in 1823. Rugby is also known for its two Roman roads the Fosse way and Watling street. The Grand Union canal and the Oxford canal link up here. Rugby is also known for its cattle market but most importantly it's school. Other famous people from Rugby are poet Rupert Brooke, Lewis Carroll and Thomas Hughes. Rugby has a population around now of about 85,000, one of them being me! Okay enough of the fact feeding, back to the tour... Right we’re in town now, so follow me and I’ll show you the shops! Rugby is known for its lack of good shops and its wealth of mobile phone, charity and shoe shops. Tell a lie the shoe shops are now slowly being taken over by sports shops, and not good ones
                either. We’re standing at the clock tower now which is in the centre of town and is the main meeting place for anyone. It’s surrounded by CCTV so is a pretty safe place to meet and if you love being pooped on by pigeons then this is the place to be. Oh and it also gets quite crowded on New Years Eve. Straight opposite is Next, one of our few clothes shops and a small one at that. We also have a Dorothy Perkins and a Top Shop which is great if you’re tall and slim, unlike me who is short, very short. To the right you’ll see the precinct, heavily advertised on local radio and made to sound massive when in fact its pretty mediocre. Straight up you’ll see Rugby School which you may or may not know is one of the other things we’re famous for. There was a film called “Tom Browns Schooldays” situated at the Rugby School about public school life. Around the corner from there is the statue of William Webb Ellis, running with the ball. I personally never went to Rugby School (hee hee) but of a Saturday night the street where it stands is suddenly taken over by an invasion of tightly clad young girls in next to nothing. They’re barely let out. The girls from school I meant! Now where were we? Ah yes, I was taking you into the precinct for a muffin wasn’t I. The muffin shop is the latest to be added to the precinct and they smell yummy so lets head down there. Whilst you’re munching on that I’ll tell you about the pubs. We’re also famous for our pubs here in Rugby and if a shop closes down then you can guarantee if it doesn’t make it as a mobile phone shop then it will be the next coffee shop come wine bar come restaurant, come pub. Let me tell you now it is IMPOSSIBLE to do a pub-crawl in Rugby. We had over 50 odd pubs the last time I tried to count them and that was a fair few years ago, not including wine bars. You enjoying that muffin?
                If muffins aren’t your thing then we also have a lot of bakeries here and a Macdonald’s if you’re really desperate. They put the Macdonald’s by the clothes shops on purpose I think...because when you can’t fit into that size 10 you need somewhere near to run for comfort food...lol I would rabble on about the college and other things in Rugby but I sense I’m losing you, so I’ll just tell you that we’ve just had a library, museum and art gallery built, creatively called the “Rugby library museum and art gallery” It’s great in there with its big glass roof that’s now fully equipped with computers and a study area. I’ve noticed that this is becoming a long review and you’ve finished your muffin so maybe its time I ended the tour. Thanks for joining me, made a nice change to have someone to chat to at the bus stop...why are you giving me that strange look? I guess if you’re unsure of what to do now maybe you could try that pub crawl...

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                  Take what I say with a pinch of salt - I'm a local and very biased. But Rugby is an excellent place to live. Maybe not for all your life. Where is? But if a snow-drift, big-end disaster or work contract causes you to have to spend a night or so here, here are my pointers: It's a town of about 70,000 souls. I confess - our accent is probably the ugliest English accent going; a mix of Brum, Leicestershire, Northampton - if you want a sample, listen to Katharine Merry (Olympic 400m Bronze medallist in Sydney) (one of Rugby's many sporting products, including Rugby Fives, Rugby Football, Mark Mapletoft, Judy Livermore/Simpson/Nightshade, Richard Montgomerie). For a smallish town, it also has a good quota of musical greats - Spacemen 3/Spiritualised, House of Love. A night out in Rugby is exciting. If you are here overnight, town centre pubs to visit are the Swan/Dirty Duck (busy/youth), and get to the Prince of Wales (Drury Lane) (all sorts) and the Half Moon (Lawford Road) (all sorts again). The town is remarkably well-served for licensed premises - at least 40 very central. It is used by the breweries as a test-base for their 'novelty pubs', which as might be imagined infuriates us locals (generally 2 or 3 pubs are shut at a time for 'development'). Of the above, only the Swan has been substantially developed. For the more genteel, the Three Horseshoes in the High Street is a fair hotel, with decent food, and a well-stocked (spiritually and alely) bar. The Irish Club in Albert Street is also a fair boozer. Best curries - the Maharajah (Albert Street), also the Dilruba (Railway Terrace). Lots of town centre clubs - most notably Gas Street. If you are here during the day, there is the Rugby Museum and Art Gallery (a very impressive collection, and the building was only opened in 1999), the Gilbert rugby ball shop/museum, and the Rugby School museum. If you a
                  re here a little longer, a local village of interest is Dunchurch (gunpowder plot meeting place and a wool shop). Drive out to see the mysterious thirteenth century tower at Kings Newnham near Church Lawford, where excavations in the last century uncovered knights in floating coffins. If this has whetted your appetite for things Rugbeian, I would recommend a visit to www.rugbytown.co.uk, an excellent website, with many more suggestions, as well as a varied collection of photos. Rugby is not Rio, New York, Seoul or Prague, but it's mine and I love it.

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                    The town of Rugby in Warwickshire is steeped in history, from William Webb Ellis, the so-called founder of the game of rugby, to Rugby School, to the ancient train station. Rugby School dominates a large part of the town centre with old buildings and students wandering around in posh clothes. The town centre is made up of one main pedestrian precint and the "Clock Towers" indoor shopping centre, with some good quality specialist shops a little further out. The train station has fast links to London, Birmingham and Manchester on the Virgin Trains network and is also served by local county service Silverlink. Rugby is one of those towns populated by people who have lived there all their lives, and rarely seem to realise there's a world existing outside the town boundaries! It's a lot bigger than you think, with a half-decent rugby team (as you would have thought) but compared to other towns of its site it really is nothing special.

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