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National Football Museum

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Address: Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
Phone Number: 441616058200
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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
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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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Spent a very enjoyable couple of hours wandering around this free Museum. Supported from charitable donations it is full of history with many interactive exhibitions etc. Give it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very "busy" museum with a lot of material covered, but the icing on the cake (appropriately on the topmost "public" floor) was the special 1966 display. The 1966 World Cup - I remember it well, and this brought it all flooding back. Alf Ramsey's management, Greaves' injury, Hurst's hat trick, Pickles' adventure, Rattin's rage, Eusebio, THAT goal, . .... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Morning after the Manchester floods. 7am set up. The staff were already at work and resolving "pooling" at the front entrance to be ready for guests at 8am. Reception was warm and friendly. Breakfast was a serviced buffet and ran very efficiently. Room was well presented: adequately aired and correct temperature for comfort. Staff were accommodating and so helpful and... More 

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Thank Rose C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent about 4 hours here kids were exhausted after we bought the 25 pounds unlimited football + ticket Quiet so they played none stop Staff were excellent friendly and knowledgeable Highly recommended

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If your visit to Manchester is in any way related to football (i.e. United or City), then this should pretty much be number two on your to-do list in Manchester. Even more so if you are a fan of English football. The museum contains a very well curated and put together display of football memorabilia and trivia, including lots of... More 

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Manchester, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent volunteer was present informing about the history of shirt designs, boot designs, stadia, photography and in particular local football (Man City and local clubs Bury, Stockport and Rochdale). First rate attraction for children to intercat with, but plenty for the football enthusiast to enjoy.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love it here - I've been I don't know how many times and it gets more fun with each visit. There's always something you missed and/or that you want to admire again. There are plenty of facts and interactive exhibits to keep children busy, and that's just in the museum. Once you go up a floor and get the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Going to museum, the path is filled with commemorative slabs of stars past and present. For a fee of £6 you get the full works, a chance to do a commentary photographed with Premeier League trophy and FA Cup. Definitely a must if your a football (soccer) fan.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this museum is free so a cheap after noon for us.. a day of bonding with my oldest son and grand son ..dead interesting place but I think you have to like foot ball which we do..we stayed and looked around for about 4 hours.. its a really kool place.. not all about Manchester but world foot ball.. go and... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A must for all football (and non football) enthusiasts. A hands on experience through the ages. You can 'lose yourself' for a couple of hours - a great afternoon out. A free experience - just make a donation at the end. Well done Manchester - make sure you stay in the North of England.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent a very enjoyable couple of hours wandering around this free Museum. Supported from charitable donations it is full of history with many interactive exhibitions etc. Give it a go you will not be disappointed.

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