Kirklees win bid to create National Rugby League Museum in Huddersfield

It'll be in the George Hotel, famous for being the birthplace of rugby league.

Rugby league is coming home – as Kirklees Council has won a bid to create a National Rugby League Museum in the Huddersfield hotel where the sport was born 125 years ago.

Rugby League Cares has announced that Kirklees Council’s bid to bring a museum to Grade II-listed George Hotel in Huddersfield has been successful.

On 16 June 2020, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet approved a deal to purchase the George Hotel which is famous for being the birthplace of rugby league in 1895 – this will be completed in the coming weeks. The hotel, built in 1851, has been chosen as the venue for a new National Rugby League Museum.


When Kirklees Council launched its £250million Huddersfield Blueprint vision in June 2019 it included an ambition to bring the George Hotel back into use, as it has been closed since January 2013. The George Hotel will be part of a revitalised St George’s Square which will include a revamped train station, an improved public space and more heritage buildings being brought back into use.


Kirklees is also one of the hosts of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. The tournament begins in October 2021, with the Men’s Quarter Final being played at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield.



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