Council committed to bringing Rugby home

George hotel building

We remain committed to bringing the International Rugby League Museum to Huddersfield.

This will be part of the £210 million transformation in Huddersfield town centre.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, says:

“With the impact of the pandemic on the hospitality industry, we have had to give careful consideration of our investments on behalf of local taxpayers. We now know that a combined hotel and museum within the refurbished George Hotel would not be financially viable without an ongoing cost to Kirklees residents.

“But Huddersfield is the birthplace of rugby league and the sport is an essential part of our heritage. That’s why we’re offering to give a home to the museum as part of our major regeneration plans in the heart of the town. Over the next few years, we will be building a new Cultural Heart in Huddersfield. This includes a new library, gallery, food court and entertainment space to draw people into the town. We have a unique opportunity to include the Rugby League Museum in one of the biggest regeneration plans in the country.

“By being part of the plans for the new Cultural Heart of Huddersfield, the museum would benefit from a new home that can both accommodate the museum as well as being flexible enough to incorporate additional activity, to draw in fans and visitors over the long-term. Crucially, this plan would be financially sustainable for the long-term.

“We’ll ensure that the refurbishment of the George Hotel includes a fitting tribute to the birthplace of rugby league that is in keeping with its importance in the history of the game.

There will also be a meaningful link between the hotel and the museum, which would be located just a short walk away from each other. 

“We have reached out to Rugby League Cares with our proposals. We really hope they share our vision for a museum that not only celebrates our proud history, but has a place in our exciting future too.”