What Is Rugby?

We’re a Victorian English village, established in 1880, on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. Created as a utopian community, Rugby has a rich history that we share with visitors from around the world.

What We Offer

Historic Rugby offers tours of our historic buildings, plus lodging, shops, and dining. We are also connected to a National Park and State Natural Area, with hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging.

Attend An Event

We host a series of events each year, ranging from guided hikes to car shows to formal Victorian galas. Learn about them here.

Join Historic Rugby

A membership keeps you informed of everything happening here, and helps support our preservation and restoration efforts. (We receive no federal or state funding; we rely on people like you.)

Fall Operating Hours

Historic Rugby Visitor Centre
Open Monday and Tuesday, October 30-31

November 1- December 10
Open Thursday- Saturday 10am-4pm
(Tours at 10am, Noon, and 2pm)
Sunday: Noon-4pm
(Tours at Noon, 1:30pm and 3pm)

Harrow Road Cafe

October 30-December 10
Thursday 11am-4pm
Friday 11am-4pm, 5pm-9pm
Saturday 8:30am-4pm; 5pm-9pm
Sunday: 8:30am-5pm

Rugby Commissary
Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday: Noon- 6pm

All times Eastern


Historic Rugby


Historic Rugby is located on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, between Knoxville and Crossville. From Knoxville, travel either I-75 North to Exit 141 (Huntsville/Oneida) ,then Highway 63 to Highway 27. Turn on Highway 52 and follow the signs; or (from the west side of town) take Pelissippi Parkway (62) through Oak Ridge, then turn right onto 27 at Oliver Springs. Follow 27 to Elgin, then turn on 52 and follow the signs.

From Crossville, follow Highway127 North to Jamestown, then turn onto Route 296 to Allardt. Then follow Highway 52 to Rugby.