Located in Warwickshire, on the River Avon is the wonderful town of Rugby. It is the second largest town in the county and is situated about 21 kilometres east of Coventry. Said to be the birthplace of rugby football, the town of Rugby has numerous attractions which are linked to the popular sport and are perfect for sporting enthusiasts. The town is home to an incredible town centre which has traces of the Victorian era, as well as to a variety of restaurants and numerous other attractions. This bustling market town has lush green areas and a stunning countryside location. Muslim visitors will be able to locate a few Muslim-friendly facilities in Rugby.
A trip to Rugby is not complete without a visit to the Rugby School. This world renowned school is said to be one of the oldest and most prestigious public schools in England. It is also the birthplace of the game of rugby.
The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, located on St. Matthew's Street, is also a must-visit. Packed to the brim with rugby memorabilia, this museum will prove to be interesting for rugby enthusiasts, as well as to those that don’t follow the sport so closely. It is named after William Webb Ellis who is said to have invented the game of rugby football. While here, visitors will also come across traditional handmade rugby balls, which are still made at the museum.
Located in the centre if the town, the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum; is another popular attraction. This museum has modern art and contemporary exhibits, as well as other historical displays; like ones on Roman artifacts. The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum offers something for everyone, such as art and history activities that will get the whole family involved.
There is also a trail which goes around town; that honors the most famous rugby players and rugby events, called the Rugby Pathway of Fame. The pathway has numbered metal plaques which celebrate the history of the game. A tour of this is a must when in the town of Rugby.
The closest airport to Rugby is Birmingham Airport, which offers both; domestic and international services and is located about 30 miles from the center of the town. International tourists can also use the services offered at the East Midlands Airport, located about 38 miles away. One of the major international airports serving London, the London Heathrow Airport is located approximately 86 miles from Rugby.
There are a couple of Halal restaurants in Rugby, namely Pizza Delicious and Rugby Grill House. Both of these outlets are said to be takeaway restaurants. There are also quite a few Halal restaurants in Coventry, which is located about half an hour away from Rugby. Although most of these restaurants are either Muslim owned and/or Halal certified it is always best to inquire about the Halal status of the food served before ordering.
There is one known mosque in Rugby, namely the Rugby Masjid. This mosque, located on Grosvenor Road has prayer facilities for men and women. There are also a number of mosques located in the surrounding areas. However, since other prayer facilities in Rugby are hard to come by, it is best for Muslim tourists to offer their prayers in the hotel room, when possible.