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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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“fa cup” (158 reviews)
“world cup” (139 reviews)
“penalty shoot” (132 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Cathedral Gardens | Urbis Building, Manchester M4 3BG, England
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+44 161 605 8200
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"fa cup"
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"interactive games"
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"premier league trophy"
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"beautiful game"
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"free entry"
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"four floors"
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"couple of hours"
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"suggested donation"
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"all ages"
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"modern building"
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"worth a visit"
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"few hours"
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"on display"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very close to Victoria Station. If you are at Piccadilly station, you can get a free shuttle bus to Victoria Station.

Thank Davedatsurf2
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband & 9 year old son had a lovely hour and a half here after their tour of the Etihad yesterday. The Pele exhibition was very good. Our son loved holding the FA cup and 1959 football and boots and thought the interactive penalty...More

Thank CharlieJ2004
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I brought my 12 and 8 year old kids and they loved going through the exhibits and different football memorabilia. The penalty shootout was their favorite part. I liked that it was a free entrance museum and we chose to donate for our family group...More

Thank Pedro M
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Rachel A, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Pedro, thanks very much for your good review. Glad you enjoyed our Football Plus+ interactives and your trophy photos!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I really don't understand why Pele gets a floor to himself - He retired well before most people who will visit the museum were born and his significance seems overstated here in my view. There also doesn't seem to be a real appreciation of what...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was expecting so much but came away very disappointed. Glad it is free entry would have felt ripped off if we’d paid £6 each. Might be great for kids but for genuine football fans the artefacts are all over the place with no chronological order....More

Thank andywood23
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Striking building , and very friendly staff . Admission is free however you can donate £6 and get a visitors guide and a very informative tour of 45 mins . There’s something for both children and adults here . Lots of hands on exhibits for...More

Thank Malcolm R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 12 yr old loved this, particularly as it wasn’t Manc-centric as he thought it would be. We both loved the penalty shoot out measuring accuracy and speed, and the commentary stint was fun, as he was given Giggs’ slaloming goal v Arsenal. Personally I...More

Thank nic1691
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Rachel A, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thanks for the good review! Glad you and your son enjoyed our Football Plus+ interactives and our Pelé: Art, Life, Football exhibition!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum shows perfectly the history of football. For little children or is to complicated, but real football fans will have some fun...

Thank Sebastian K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being an avid fan and a footballer myself, a visit here was much on the list to do. Had an amazing time. So much to see and do, little one loved trying to do the tricks and save the football.

Thank Littleflowa
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Rachel A, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thanks for leaving a great review! Glad you enjoyed your visit and our Football Plus+ interactives!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took our grandchildren here whilst staying in Manchester and so glad we did. They thoroughly enjoyed it and we did too. Fantastic venue and amazing that they don’t charge entrance fee but we paid for the donation package which included photo with FA and Capital...More

Thank Denise D
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Rachel A, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at National Football Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Denise, thanks very much for your great review. Glad you enjoyed your visit to us with your grandchildren!

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katieyap
13 January 2018|
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Response from Jane S | Reviewed this property |
2 hours I would say
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Kellya98
28 September 2017|
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Response from SLM_Malta | Reviewed this property |
No It's in Manchester City Centre
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16 September 2017|
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Response from Fufferfly | Reviewed this property |
Better parking elsewhere.Lots of parking at metro station and so easy on the tram. Victoria station next door to museum. As I said before, museum fantastic but do not eat there. Expensive rubbish. Lots of better places. Sure... More
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