You don’t have to be a fan of the sport to appreciate what a fantastic place Rugby is to live. Its mix of great shopping, speedy commuter links, impressive leisure facilities and historic charm means this Warwickshire market town is fast becoming a popular place to buy a new home.
Families are well-catered for in this friendly market town, which was named the best place to live in Warwickshire and the West Midlands for quality of life and 15th in the UK, in a 2020 study by Halifax. There’s a fantastic range of schools, leisure facilities and green spaces, which, combined with the fast transport links, make this an ideal place for striking a work-life balance.

Living in Rugby

Everything you need close to home

Buying a new home in Rugby means you’ll enjoy easy access to the town’s fantastic shopping facilities. In the town centre you’ll find the Clock Towers shopping centre, which has a range of well-known high street names and independent stores. The pedestrianised High Street and Sheep Street offer a relaxed environment to shop and, if you fancy a bargain or some delicious local produce, Rugby market is held every week on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Impressive transport links

You might not think of Rugby as being a commuter town for London, however there’s a direct train to London Euston with a journey time of just 50 minutes. And Birmingham New Street can be reached in as little as 32 minutes. The town is also within easy reach of the M6, M45 and M1 motorways and, for journeys further afield, the nearest major international airport is Birmingham. Impressive credentials for those looking to spend less on a new home but still needing to work in London or Birmingham!

Excellent school and leisure facilities

One of the many reasons Rugby is such a sought-after place to buy a new home is that it has an excellent choice of schools, including grammar school education and a selection of outstanding primary and secondary schools. The prestigious Rugby School is one of England’s oldest and most sought-after public schools.

As well as excellent schools, the town’s leisure facilities are top-notch too, with the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre offering a wide range of facilities. The Ken Marriott Leisure Centre and Harris Sports Centre also provide a range of pools, pitches and courts.

Getting out and about

A jewel in the town centre, Caldecott Park is a well-loved park that brims with award-winning floral displays during spring and summer. Providing a wide range of recreational facilities, it includes two new play areas, a multi-use sports area and a café – a must-visit for all the family. A little further afield, the 630-acre reservoir of Draycote Water is a fantastic place to enjoy a walk or bike ride, or even a spot of sailing. And, for an evening out on the town, Rugby boasts a variety of friendly pubs, the Rugby Theatre Society venue and a Cineworld multi-screen cinema.

The town that invented the sport of Rugby

Renowned throughout the world as the birthplace of rugby, the town celebrates its place in sporting history at the Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum. You can also visit the momentous spot at Rugby School where, in 1823, the young William Web Ellis first picked up the ball and ran. Little did he know his actions on that day would lead to the birth of Rugby Union, Rugby League, and American Football!