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National Football Museum

Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
0161 6058200
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Ranked #18 of 126 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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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Very modern layout, but not an easy place to navigate around without missing things. Very little information and displays featuring the first club, Sheffield. Glad I didn't have to pay.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Awesome museum. Really big, tries to tell histories about the whole history of football, bringing many different places and events. Of course, it has a special focus on the english and british football. It also has an interative part, which unfortunately you have to pay to play; but it's also understandable, since it's a free museum - which is a... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We went as a group of 5. I suppose you can't complain too much as it's completely free entry. That said as soon as we walked in. We was offered a guide book. Only a £1. Also offered tokens so we can play/try some of the activities. So we wasn't spending money just using tokens??? The main issue with the... More

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Seaham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Took my young nephews here at Easter. They had an easter hunt on which kept them entertained. You could spend a couple of hours looking round at the old memorabilia and news stories. There are activities at a cost for kids, other than that the museum is free entry. It is located just opposite the shopping centre.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

A fantastic day out for all ages. The museum is housed in one of our modern iconic buildings. An excellent way to give visitors a chance enjoy the interactive history of football. If you still have the stamina, walk or take the free shuttle to MOSI in Castlefield to complete you're family day out.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Spent a good few hours here, found it both entertaining and informative. Accompanied by my adult son we were pleasantly surprised by how much information was put into a fun package, lots of interactive displays which children were having a great time with. The museum is centrally situated in Manchester and as such there is no attached car parking, there... More

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Not a fan BUT it is worth a visit, a lot of interesting information and a great building. Added bonus it's free.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

For any football fan this place is worth a visit - packed with historical displays including impressive line up of trophies. We popped in during a day trip to manchester so didn't get around everything however it appeared the majority of the interactive displays required an extra payment which seemed misleading. I'm all for donating to traditional museums if the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Interesting, but a bit chaotic as far as the displays are concerned. I'm not too sure about having someones ashes on display is in the best of taste

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Being lovers of football myself and my boyfriend thought this was an absolute must when visiting Manchester. Free entry, educational, fun, emotional and absolutely loaded with things that bring a smile to your face. We didn't buy the football plus pack but if you have kids or a group of friends it is probably a good idea to get interactive!... More

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