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National Football Museum

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Address: Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
Phone Number:
+44 161 605 8200
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10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Really enjoyable morning

My fiancé and I visited the National Football Museum early on a Sunday morning before heading home from Manchester. We were really surprised that we spent nearly 3 hours there... read more

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My fiancé and I visited the National Football Museum early on a Sunday morning before heading home from Manchester. We were really surprised that we spent nearly 3 hours there when we thought we would only be there for an hour or so! It's worth donating a little bit to be able to lift some of the trophies - I... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are plenty to do here for young and old kids, adults as well. it was quite busy, but well orgnized

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent 2 hours here with my two boys - halfterm so busy. If you dont pay for the extras then i could imagine it being boring for younger kids. Lots to look at and read. Will defo go back but without the kids!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just one word Breathtaking It is full of interactive activities You can hold the premier league trophy Enjoy a taste of football history

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for the afternoon with our 8 year old son. Paid £10 so he could go on all the attractions and have his photo with the cups. We were very impressed with the museum and spent 3 hours in there but could have spent longer. He loved the activities and the old penny games! The only thing we queued... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was actually surprised to spend 4 hours there. There is quite a lot to see if you're a nerd for details like me... There are some interactive stations. Some are quite entertaining, while others are not... but al in all a very positive experience!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went with my son grandson and his pal Josh. Not into football myself but lots to do if you are. Free entry my son payed for football plus lots of machines to play on. Lots of old football machines and snooker and air hockey £1 I think. You could also buy I spy book £2.50 and go round the museum... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good free museum if you like all things football - lots to read and interactive stuff. Level 2 is brilliant, if expensive if you want lots of attempts. You can buy tokens to try out various different skills tests - penalty taking, passing, target practice and more. £8 for 10 tokens. All really well maintained and designed. We could have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the basis you are a football fan or have an interest in sport and history of sport. I'd strongly recommend a visit. It really is a museum in the old fashioned sense and although there are some interactive areas this isn't the main thrust of the displays.

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our little boy who is 6. Entrance is free but if you pay £6 you get some free credits for certain activities to join in which is worth paying. It is very visual and great for kids to look around as well as dads!!! We spent around 2 hours here and would definitely recommend it to families 😊

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