National Football Museum
National Football Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The world's biggest and best football museum is open seven days a week in Manchester city centre. Here, you will discover how football became the game of our lives, following the stories through fascinating objects and exhibitions. Unearth the game's origins, relive the FA Cup fairytales and explore the different aspects and issues that make the game such an integral part of our culture and society. Chart the fortunes of our national teams in our new display, England on the World Stage, and see the country's footballing crown jewels: the ball from the 1966 World Cup Final, Geoff Hurst's iconic shirt and the Jules Rimet Trophy, still gleaming in its new case! Get in the game with a host of fun interactive challenges, from penalty-taking and shot-stopping to match commentary, and check out the latest changing exhibitions on the ground floor and in our Score Gallery.
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2-3 hours
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  • andrew m
    Geneva, Switzerland201 contributions
    Average and something to do on a rainy day.
    Average but nothing special. Something indoors to do on a rainy day and worth a visit if you are already in the area. Only interesting thing for kids and teenagers were the four interactive exhibits including a penalty shootout (long queue). Other exhibits not of much interest to the younger generation. Top floor was closed for renovation and opening later this month I think. Has an on-site cafe called the dugout which looked a bit average so we didn’t try it.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2023
  • Terry H
    592 contributions
    Perfect visit for footy mad kids
    The perfect museum for two football mad grandsons. Lots of varied exhibits covering the history of the Beautiful Game. Covers both club and international football as well as the style and art connected with the game. Lots of interactive exhibits plus football games to play.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 January 2023
  • Crazy_Jim_83
    London, United Kingdom1,161 contributions
    Underwhelmed
    Love football. Long wanted to visit but it did little for me. Football has a vast and rich history and maybe because of that, creating a national museum on the subject is pretty difficult. I think many clubs will have their own, superior museums. This felt too generic, unfocused and just a bit dull. Sorry, really wanted to enjoy it.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 January 2023
  • sobingbong
    Hong Kong, China7 contributions
    It is still a muesum. Please don't expect it is a theme park.
    Good experience, it got lots of football exhibits inside. I learnt a lot about the football history. My wife also enjoyed an afternoon inside it. It is still a muesum. Please don't expect it as another football fun park. The main theme is still for looking back the football history. For younger child, it may not be very excitied although it has many football related activities on the 2nd floor. My sons played the penalites kick game on 2nd floor and the long pass game. But, the kids does not have much patencie to watch the exhibits. They just stayed on the 2nd floor during the visit.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 5 February 2023
  • Elina Michaelidou
    London, United Kingdom584 contributions
    A different museum to spend a morning in
    Although I am not a football fan myself, I still enjoyed visiting this museum. There are exhibitions on the history of football, famous games and championships and there are even some interactive games. My favourite area in the museum was the temporary exhibition about women in football on the top floor.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Burdej
    Newnham, United Kingdom65 contributions
    £31 for a family ticket (free if you live in Manchester) for 1.5hr visit overpriced
    Museum was very busy despite having to prebook with no walk up entry. Lots of lovely photographs, memorabilia, replica trophies as you would expect. 40 minute queue for the £2 penalty shoot out this should have a time slot to book. Good interactive activities for younger children. Annoyed it was packed with people who had gained free entry when we had paid £31 not worth the entry fee.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
  • No place like home
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom127 contributions
    Good for football lovers.
    Great for lovers of football. Lots of things to see and do for a football lover. Some things you need to scan your ticket for (the keepy uppy challenge and a couple more) and you have to pay a couple of pounds for the penalty shoot out but everything else is free. Top floor is just footballing games, but the other floors have facts and items from various teams in leagues. I thought the price was a little much for an adult ticket, although it is valid for a whole year, but if you live outside of Manchester and the displays don't change then I don't think you would go back again within the year. Still it's worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • jo jo
    Manchester, United Kingdom15 contributions
    Poor
    Considering the English women's team, won the 2022 euros. There is very little to see on the current women's game. Let alone the success of both Manchester teams within the WSL. Alot of historic content but poor overall. Thankfully, my visit was free.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • ian k
    17 contributions
    ok couple of hours but nothing more than ok
    ok, a bit expensive TBH; went with 2 fifteen year old football mad boys but they skimmed most of the displays, spent 30 minutes in a queue for penalty shoot-out that didn't move in all that time. had a fun game of subbuteo where I showed them how I spent my youth and a couple of goes on arcade football. Couple of hours all told. Can go back again free anytime in the year ahead but my son said "seen it once"
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • u2fan56
    London, United Kingdom836 contributions
    Lot of potential but disappointing
    My wife and I went to National Football Museum recently while in Manchester. Football is national sport of England and this museum does not do its justice. There was multiple open spaces where they could have more displays. The displays they did have were quite nice. So much potential to have great museum and they have some work to do.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
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Fatoumata
Brooklyn, NY7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The National Football Museum in Manchester is a must-visit for any football fan. The world-class collection of memorabilia and multimedia displays will take you on a journey through the history of the beautiful game. Not to mention, the stadium tours and fanzone activities make it a great day out for the whole family. Highly recommended!
Written 13 November 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,409 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The National Football Museum is a fantastic place to visit and depending on your level of interest it’s 2 to 3 hours required to see everything. Love it!
Written 12 November 2023
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Ray M
Conwy, UK95 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fantastic day at the football museum staff are absolutely amazing so friendly and welcoming a must visit
Just one question to the staff or who ever why is Joe Mercer not on the managers of England board he was still a manager but in a roll of caretaker and did have good record.
And no pictures of Helen with bell at Maine Road
Written 10 November 2023
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dr_aaltonen
Helsinki, Finland362 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Huge building. You must have an internet connection and access to email to purchase tickets on site! Museum itself is extremely unorganized and poorly guided.
It could be good, but it isn’t.
Written 28 October 2023
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Laziz
Castricum, The Netherlands8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum features multimedia displays, changing exhibitions, and match footage that will take you on a journey through the evolution of the game. You can also experience the atmosphere of a real stadium, with interactive exhibits that let you feel like you're part of the action. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just curious about the history of the sport, the National Football Museum will give you an unforgettable experience.
Written 24 October 2023
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u2fan56
London, UK836 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I went to National Football Museum recently while in Manchester. Football is national sport of England and this museum does not do its justice. There was multiple open spaces where they could have more displays. The displays they did have were quite nice. So much potential to have great museum and they have some work to do.
Written 22 October 2023
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Heda Chase
Speldhurst, UK6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
From the impressive collection of football memorabilia and soccer artifacts to the incredible stadium experience, you'll be sure to leave with a lasting impression. The world-class collection is sure to leave you in awe, and you won't want to miss out on this unique experience.
Written 18 October 2023
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selenastorm
Hoylake, UK182 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Took my partner here who’s a massive football fan. Loads of interactive activities to do and lots of information and football quizzes.
Expensive for a museum and you have to pay for a few of the other activities inside which is the only downside.
Written 16 October 2023
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Tony Caza
Dartford, UK16 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The National Football Museum in Manchester, UK is the ultimate destination for all football enthusiasts. As soon as you step into the museum, you are hit with a wave of nostalgia and excitement, surrounded by the rich history of the game.
Spanning over six floors, this museum showcases everything from vintage jerseys and memorabilia to interactive exhibits and immersive experiences. It provides a thorough insight into the evolution of football, from its humble beginnings to the global phenomenon it is today.
The museum also pays tribute to legendary players and teams, allowing visitors to relive iconic moments through videos and interviews. You can even test your own skills in the interactive area, perfect for kids and adults alike.
Through virtual reality and holographic displays, you are transported into the heart of the action, making for an unforgettable experience.
Written 11 October 2023
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Belotti
Oberwil, Switzerland1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
Today I went with my son to the football museum. At 2 p.m we decided to visit the free museum tour to learn more about the history of football. We weren’t disappointed at all! Beth was an excellent guide who told us many interesting facts about football. We saw that she is very fond of football so that she was able to give us the same feelings. The excursion was very informative and thrilling. We highly recommend it!

Family from Switzerland
Written 25 September 2023
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