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“Well worth a look”

National Football Museum
Ranked #11 of 182 things to do in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
“Well worth a look”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

I'm not a football fan and rarely watch the sport. But it is the national game, so i thought I'd pop in and have a quick look. I was impressed - the displays are well laid out and there is plenty to occupy anyone for at least an hour or two. I enjoyed seeing the old Football League trophy, which I remember being presented, and the new Premier League trophy was on display as well, though only temporarily I think. There's also a replica of the old World Cup (the Jules Rimet trophy), which is unbelievably small. They even have that ridiculous statue of Michael Jackson which used to stand outside Craven Cottage. In fact, there's so much here that you could if you wanted spend a whole day in the place. If you are a football fan, I would say it's pretty much unmissable.

Visited August 2014
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“Enjoyable visit”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Visited with my kids aged 8 and 11 who are both football mad. We spend almost 2 hours in the museum. It's free, which is great, but there are certain activities which you have to pay for, which worked out quite expensive if you had more than one child. I liked the fact they were given a quiz sheet when entering to do on your way round for a bit of fun. There's plenty to look at which is very interesting. The shop at the end is good and all in all we had a really good time, the museum is well worth a visit.

Visited August 2014
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“Fantastic !”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We just happen to walk upon this magnificent building and to my surprise was great! It was free to get in or you had the option of making a donation. So many things to do for the children. There is so much history so the average "footballer" will love the details this place has. Has many interactive things for everyone to try. My Kids even got the have their picture taken with League Cup,

Visited August 2014
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“Could have done better”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Well - I mean, it is a museum. And England has a glorious past when it comes to football (whereas the present is dire since 1966...) But the exhibition is a big let down, it just scratches on the surface but doesn't delve into the rich and colourful history of English football. Shame.

Visited August 2014
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“They are tearing up te steets and there is nowhere to park”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Do not recommend you drive. Lots of Football history, Lots of Pay as you go football activities (Mostly for the kids). Gift shop with Football Postcards

Visited August 2014
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