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National Football Museum, Manchester

Manchester football guide

Football's a pretty big deal in Manchester, so here's our guide to where to enjoy it


When it comes to the beautiful game, there's something of a rivalry between the big boys of Manchester - not sure if you've noticed? But barring the odd provocative poster (the welcome was unwelcome to some, it seems) it's a friendly bit of football friction, more or less. And both the red and the blue sides of the city have plenty to enjoy, from stadium tours to the marvellous memorabilia at the National Football Museum in Cathedral Gardens. Oh, and there are the matches too, of course. Remember, though - if you can't get in the stadium, make sure you get the right pub or bar, okay?

Guide to football in Manchester

Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre

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People travel from all over the world to tour this holy shrine of football, and to get their hands on some of the objects in the museum. The tour of the stadium (which now seats 76,000 thanks to extensive developments a few years back) lasts for almost 90 minutes and takes fans exactly where they want to go – the Alex Ferguson Stand, the dugout, the changing rooms. 

Etihad Stadium, Things to do, Manchester
Etihad Stadium, Things to do, Manchester
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Etihad Stadium

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Manchester City have had a fair few ups and downs during their long - and not always illustrious - history, but they're now more than capable of going toe-to-toe with their big rivals over the other side of the city. And this modern stadium (originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games) is where the Blues call home.


Old Trafford

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Old Trafford is an impressive stadium, made all the more so after an expansion plan in 2006 increased capacity to nearly 76,000, making it the second biggest football stadium in the country after Wembley. This also makes ticket availability better than it used to be when, at the height of United's popularity, it was almost impossible to get one.

National Football Museum

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Housed inside one of the most impressive of Manchester City Centre's modern buildings (the former URBIS museum), this four-floor monument to football boasts that it contains the greatest football collection in the world.


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