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“Everything Football”

National Football Museum
Ranked #10 of 188 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
Northern Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Everything Football”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

My wife and I had time to kill before our flight out of Manchester so we decided to pay a visit to the Football museum. I had a great time viewing the old trophies, medals and memorabilia. I was able to have a photograph taken with the Premier league trophy, okay its a replica but an exact replica all the same, weight and all, and it is heavy. I found it nice to be up close to some of the items I'd only seen as a kid on TV like the ball from the 1966 World Cup final and Nobby Stiles European cup final shirt, brilliant !
Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Wetherby
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“Not boring at all.”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Great morning spent here with all the interactive activities. Particularly enjoyed the cinerama film. Great for children and adults alike.

Visited April 2013
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FootballMusem, Marketing Manager at National Football Museum, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Hi Thanks so much for your five star review. Glad you enjoyed your time here and pleased to hear you liked the film - Our Beautiful Game - we are pretty proud of that one! Hope to see you again soon.
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Doesn't quite hit the target”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

This could have been a much more interesting museum given the wealth of interesting history and artifacts available. Why isn't the museum laid out chronologically so you can explore the actual history of football. It's more just a collection of interesting items laid out in no particular order. I wouldn't have wanted to have paid for this.

Visited April 2013
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Superb”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Certainly the best free attraction i've been to in years! Very good balance between exhibits and interactive displays. Exhibits are very well presented and many high quality famous items. You can buy credits to take penalties at a virtual keeper and other skills challenges. No football fan can be dissappointed.

Visited April 2013
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FootballMusem, Marketing & Communications Officer at National Football Museum, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thanks very much Schoey - football fans are a demanding bunch but happy to hear you weren't disappointed!
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“Could be Better”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

This attraction is free to visit but they ask if you would like to donate £4, personally I didn't feel that it was worth £4. Considering football is such a huge sport not only here but worldwide the museum just seemed to lack something, it's not really suitable for people with mobility problems either. Very disappointed.

Visited April 2013
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