2 Day Manchester Football Itinerary
Manchester is a true powerhouse in international football: a football mad city that boasts two of the most famous clubs in the world and two of the best stadiums in Europe. It’s also nurtured some of the game’s best players, from George Best to Wayne Rooney.
Depending where your sporting loyalties lie, spend the morning behind the scenes at the home of either the Red (Manchester United) or the Blue (Manchester City) football team.
Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour
Jump on the Metrolink tram to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. Re-live the club's triumphs, tragedies and trophies at the Manchester United Museum. Delve behind the scenes at the Theatre of Dreams by taking the Stadium Tour. Stand in Sir Alex Ferguson’s spot in the dug-out, sit in the home changing room and emerge from the player’s tunnel to the roar of the crowd!
Opening times: Stadium tours run daily (except match days) between 9.40am & 4.30pm
Prices: Adult: £16.00, Child/Senior: £10.50, student & other discounts available
Total journey time: 20 minutes (Tram from city centre to Old Trafford, 10mins, walk to stadium, 10mins)
Manchester City Stadium and Club Tour
As 2012 Premier League Champions, a tour of Manchester City’s home at the Etihad Stadium showcases the pride, the passion and the heritage of this great football club. See how it feels to be grilled by the media in the press conference room hot seats, visit the inner sanctum of the City dressing room and get Roberto Mancini’s view from the dug-out. Discover the secrets of a spectacular stadium and the story of a much-loved football club.
Opening times: Stadium tours run daily (except match days) between 10.30am & 3.30pm
Prices: Adult: £10.00, Concessions: £7.00, Under 4’s: Free
Total journey time: 10 minutes (Frequent buses run from the city centre to the Etihad Stadium. Alternatively it will take you 20mins to walk)
Spend your afternoon exploring the National Football Museum
National Football Museum
This brand new national museum opened in July 2012 and is set to thrill football fans around the world. There are over 140,000 items across three floors, interactive exhibits and famous memorabilia on display, including the 1966 World Cup Final ball and Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt from 1986. Visitors will enter the museum through a tunnel and turnstile to the cheers of the crowd into the vast Hall of Fame atrium and immediately be struck by the awe of this remarkable building and its terraces.
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm
Prices: Admission is free; Football Plus Experience starts from £2.50 per credit
Set off mid-morning on a football themed walking tour.
The city’s proud footballing heritage stretches back to 1888, when the Football League, the oldest football competition in the world, was created in Manchester’s Royal Hotel. It was the start of the city’s love affair with the ‘beautiful game’.
Tours available through www.newmanchesterwalks.com
Take time to enjoy lunch at city centre restaurant Rosso, owned by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Rosso is the home of good Italian cuisine, set in the magnificent setting of a 114-year old, Grade II listed building. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a footballer or two whilst you’re there, oh and don’t forget to check out the Wall of Fame of past diners.
Spend the rest of your afternoon picking up any last minute souvenirs. It would be a shame to leave this great footballing city without a shirt or two!