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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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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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So much to see and its free!

A brilliant place for football nostalgia and fun for all ages, and you don't even have to love football!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Chris M
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widnes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great new exhibition , 1966 and all that and also the penny arcade is great . If youve visited before this is worth a visit again before the exhibition is over . Some great thenmed goods in the shop too to tie in with the exhibition We now have a world cup willie !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A brilliant place for football nostalgia and fun for all ages, and you don't even have to love football!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just stopped in for a quick look around and although its free entry you are encourage to make a donation. A donation of £6 will get you a free photo with the premier league and FA Cup trophy which is a nice little extra.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I usually passes by this building as i am Localite of manchester. One day decided to go in and really it was worth spending every single second inside. Football lovers should visit this at least once ..

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are a lot of interesting things about football. My wife and I came here on a sunny workday, not many people in there. From this visit, we got to know Britain football history, famous stars of football players, additionally, new technologies of this popular game.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Could not believe this was free, we did make a donation as we wanted photos of the premier league trophy, Very interesting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is great that this museum exists at all and even better that it is located in the North West, the true home of English football. There is quite a lot to see, although I was hoping for more than is actually on display. However, I recognise that a lot of the hands on exhibits are intended for kids rather... More 

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Thank Beeper53
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit this place if you like football lots of fun and history. Activities for kids as well have been here twice and I love it . Friendly staff and free to visit . Donations welcomed.

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Thank Tacoos
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OK, museum is free. A lot of interactive attractions (some where you have to ask extra). The temporalily exibition was the most nicest part, but without this part museum is a 3star.

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Thank Sander W
Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall, I can say that if you're a football fan you'll enjoy it. Lots of memorabilia and interesting stuff around to see. The building itlself is massive and pretty impressive. I loved the vintage coin games. Now the low points. The museum is very ramdomly organised, and there is plenty of silly stuff around that doesn't make much sense. Also,... More 

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