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National Football Museum

Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
0161 6058200
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Ranked #17 of 121 attractions in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The world's biggest and best football museum is open 7 days a week in Manchester city centre. The museum is free to enter, and tells the story of the... more » Owner description: The world's biggest and best football museum is open 7 days a week in Manchester city centre. The museum is free to enter, and tells the story of the beautiful game through the eyes of everyone from the players, the law-makers, and most importantly the fans.Exploring how football has impacted on and reflected English culture and society over 150 years, it brings stories to life with a range of interactive and hands-on displays. There are world-famous iconic objects including the ball from the 1966 World Cup final, Diego Maradona's famous 'Hand of God' shirt, and even the game's very first hand-written rule book. On top of that there are lots of chances to show off your skills from the penalty box to the commentary box, with a range of Football Plus+ experiences (charges apply - see website for details). The National Football Museum Hall of Fame, on the ground floors, is the official tribute to the game’s greatest players, teams and managers. Upstairs, you’ll find stories from inventing, expanding, following and playing the game. There’s also a Discovery Zone for under 5s, and Level 3 is dedicated to changing exhibitions exploring how art and culture exist alongside the beautiful game. « less
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

For anyone who loves football, this is brilliant. It is free with only a voluntary contribution asked for. It covers all aspects of football with great memorabilia and stories of the game over years gone by. We spent 2 hours here which is great value for money. i.e. nothing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A bit of 'us time' for my son & I!!! Free entry it should not be, surely a minimum charge of £1 or £2, it would still be worthwhile?? Yes you have to buy credits to have a go on a couple of things but it's nowhere near as expensive as a lot of attractions!! We would definitely return, there's... More

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Blackpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I'm in my 20s and took my dad to the football museum as we hadn't been since it moved from Preston. All I can say is I absolutely loved it! It's aimed at all ages, it's interactive and stimulating good for projects It isn't just based on Premier league or English football it's very informative and each floor is based... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It is a great place. With plenty to check out. Seeing how the game has evolved over the years. Also great to find items from your own clubs past. The best bit is that it is free of charge, with donations instead.

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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Where do I begin??? This museum was brilliant from the word go,as it was FREE,yes you read right FREE to enter, that is a very rare thing nowadays in Britain as almost every place of interest you have to pay an entry fee.The people at the entrance were polite and welcoming. Before I forget to mention it the building itself... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited the football museum since we were in the city centre and it was free (you can make a donation). I have an interest in football and a real fan of the game should find this museum interesting. I especially enjoyed reading the letters George Best wrote to his parents when he was at Man United and seeing his... More

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geneva, switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

a must-visit for Manchester United fans like me, and for footy fans out there. You need at least 2 hours to drink it all in. Go early because they close early (5pm).

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

An excellent and modern museum which is free to enter. Plenty to see and do. You do have to play for some of the interactive games etc. Worth a visit.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Anybody with any interest at all in our national game would want to visit here On entering I was greeted by a very pleasant and helpful girl There was such a lot to see There are several interactive games for the younger visitors and the place was really buzzing There are 3 main floors and a lift if needed Quite... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This museum is fantastic and it's free! The items on display are fantastic and include every English (and some international) club you could think of. If you want to use the interactive games etc. you have to purchase tokens for a small fee. It is well laid out and well organised. If you're in or around Manchester it's a must... More

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