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National Football Museum

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Address: Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
Phone Number: 441616058200
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The world's biggest and best football museum is open 7 days a week in...

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.

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Partner and Grandson think it's a great place

I do not understand or particularly like football, so I am probably not the best person to be reviewing this attraction, other than to say on the numerous occasions we have called... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely museum housed in a modern building, my young son loved looking at all the displays and playing on the interactive exhibits, the cafe is also great value with lots of choice. The outside of the museum also had lots going on and my son enjoyed a impromptu game of football with some other kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I do not understand or particularly like football, so I am probably not the best person to be reviewing this attraction, other than to say on the numerous occasions we have called in with my Grandson, he has always found something different to see or do. He thoroughly enjoys this place and another two family members say it is really... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Advertised as 'free' On entering you are sectioned off and have to pass a reception desk where the staff explain things to you and how you can help by making a ' donation payment ' of £5 per adult. They do this in such a way as to put you on a guilt trip. We did not fall for it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Popped in here while walking past on a day out in Manchester! Very interspersing information and lots of memorabilia! Also interactive stuff for kids and the big kids! Would recommend a visit!!!

Thank Sarah W
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took my footie mad nephew here for a few hours, it is free to get in but they do an offer, so pay a £5 donation and the kids can do the interactive penalty shoot out, and have photographs with the premiership trophy. Even if your not keen on football you will enjoy, the World Cup exhibition is fantastic! Penalties,... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had not intended to visit but the rain arrived just as we were leaving the Corn Exchange. Glad we didn't miss it. Well thought out over several floors. Free admission but donation gladly given. It's a lesson in social history too as you see how much importance was placed on the interaction of the working classes at games. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my favourite museums - the National Football Museum is vastly improved since its move to Manchester. Great interactive exhibits and a very informative trip through the history of football. Brilliant for kids and big kids alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The entrance here is actually free and inside were actually amazing! If you are an Avid Manchester football fan, this museum is a must-visit for you! There's a nice souvenir shop where you can buy cheap things here and they also have a nice restaurant too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited during a one day visit to Manchester. It is free, they ask for a donation which we gladly gave. It is really well laid out over 3 floors. There is a lot of interactive places and a lot of information to read. There is a whole floor dedicated to the 1966 winners of the World Cup, it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Doesn't look that big from outside but great inside. Free to visit and to look round with some additional pay activities. We cold of spent hours there but as it was late in the day when we arrived it was a fairly quick visit. I will Defo be going back to do everything! Both children boy 10 and girl 7... More 

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