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National Football Museum

Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
+44 161 605 8200
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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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Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting place to visit if you have a couple of hours to kill. My wife isn’t that interested in football but even she said that she had enjoyed it. It is great for kids, lots of info and memorabilia. The staff are very friendly...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum. Lots of things to see, interaction games are awesome (some you have to pay for). Definitely worth going

Thank dengynz
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Rachel A, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed our FootballPlus+ interactive games.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you are interested in football then this is the place to visit great for old & youngsters plenty on show to see premiership trophy + fa cup which you can have your photo taken with

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Rachel A, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for leaving us a good review - hope you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Remarkable building, easy to find and exhibition on 4 different levels (lifts available). The museum traces the origins of football from earliest days and the formation of the British Football League in 1870's. Original artefacts i.e. one of the first International England shirts to be...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is huge, and you have to do a lot of stairs, but even for 2 of the Family who are not that interested in football, enjoyed the visit to the Football museum. It was quite crowded on the Saturday afternoon when we visited.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Let's go through the museum. When you shake the hand of the devil you ... Idion't know the following

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am not a great football fan , went with my husband but I did enjoy it and found lots of interesting items and information

Thank Patricia M
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Rachel A, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Patricia, thanks for leaving us a good review! It's good to hear that you enjoyed your visit, despite not being a football fan. Hope to welcome you back again soon!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice timelapse of a great football club, spiced with some nice gaming experiences from analog to digital games.

Thank Robert D
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Sharon B, Business Support Officer at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Robert, thanks for leaving a 5-star review! Happy to hear that you enjoyed the museum - look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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Reviewed 17 June 2018

Me and two members of my family visited the museum during the May Half Term holidays. There was plenty to do as we spent approximately 2 hours in the museum. It contained a lot of interesting exhibits that looked at different periods of football. Despite...More

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Rachel A, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Daniel, thanks for leaving a 5-star review! Happy to hear that you and your family had a great time at the museum - look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Just want to say Phillip the volunteer was brilliant! He was very interesting and had a great knowledge about the exhibits and made the whole experience fantastic. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Phillip did especially make the whole trip really enjoyable

Thank matt7val
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Rachel A, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Matt, thanks for leaving us such positive feedback! We'll be sure to pass your comments on to Phillip. Hope to see you again soon!

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It looks like a 10 minute walk - along the river - cross on Blackfriars st the left along Deansgate - head past cathedral and museum on town centre just across from the Printworks Centre.
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