Holiday Inn Rugby
In a rural location just east of junction 18 on the M1, we at Holiday Inn Rugby have a state-of-the-art Business Academy with several purpose-built, self-contained meeting rooms and a business centre. We offer fully-serviced facilities for meetings, training, team events, break-out sessions, private functions and weddings – including civil ceremonies.
We at Holiday Inn Rugby are located in our own landscaped grounds, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. During the summer months, our extensive grounds are ideal for both corporate events and weddings, the historic parish church of the picturesque village of Crick (mentioned in the Domesday book) lying close by. Surrounded by the rolling Northamptonshire countryside, it’s easy to forget that the M1 motorway is less than 200m away! With quick and easy links to Rugby city centre and the M6, and with excellent leisure facilities on site, we are a popular choice for both business and leisure visitors.
Holiday Inn Rugby – fulfilling a local need
Rugby is an old market town in an area rich with history. Take time out from your meeting to explore the local area and you will take a walk through time. The Roman road of Watling Street, the mediaeval boundaries of Bury Dyke and the gaily painted barges of the Grand Union Canal are all a short way away, with excellent views towards Rugby from the top of Crack’s Hill.
The canal proved vital to Rugby’s economy during the Industrial Revolution, and continues to play an important role today – though these days it’s the leisure industry that thrives. Crick has a historic canal tunnel and marina which now, as 150 years ago, provides moorings for canal boats – some of which are for sale. It also hosts a highly successful yearly narrowboat show, organised by British Waterways. 2011 marks its 11th year – no doubt, there will be a few meetings beforehand, to ensure it all runs smoothly! We at Holiday Inn Rugby are pleased to be able to offer Crick Marina and other local companies highly competitive rates on our meeting rooms.
Rugby is best known for its famous school and the creation of a certain “rough game for gentlemen.” The school was the setting for Thomas Hughes’ famous semi-autobiographical novel, Tom Brown’s Schooldays, a version of which was filmed there in 2004, starring Stephen Fry. Frank Whittle invented the jet engine here in 1937; holography was another Rugby first.
Rugby today is a pleasant Victorian town, much of it designed by renowned Gothic Revival architect William Butterfield. If you develop a thirst, there’s no shortage of watering holes – Rugby has the second-highest number of pubs in England, per square mile! Our light airy bar at Holiday Inn Rugby is one of the more recent additions.
Unusual for today, Rugby has an economy that continues to rely on heavy industry. The biggest employers are Rugby Cement, Rolls Royce and Alstom – a merger of GEC and AEI, famous for their gas and steam turbines. A number of new industrial estates have been built recently, as well as Daventry Rail Freight Terminal, located close to us at Holiday Inn Rugby.
Our business academy at Holiday Inn Rugby is a valuable resource to the local economy. We even have that one thing every good meeting needs – a supply of Starbucks Coffee!
Emma writes articles on Meeting Rooms including guides to Holiday Inn Rugby.