National Football Museum

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The National Football Museum Manchester
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National Football Museum, Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG – Visit Now

The National Football Museum is one of Manchester and the UK’s top attractions and we’re delighted that it’s now back open to the public. Originally based in Preston, The National Football Museum has been in Manchester for the best part of a decade now, making the famous Urbis building its own and welcoming nearly half a million visitors a year to the city’s attractive Medieval Quarter.

When it comes to footballing cities, it’s hard to think of anywhere more suitable than Manchester. We welcome hundreds of thousands of visiting football fans each year and the city is home to both the world’s biggest club, Manchester United, and one of the most successful teams of recent years, Manchester City – not to mention the fierce rivalry between the two. One of the few pleasures of the past 12 months of lockdown has been being able to watch football, so the reopening of the National Football Museum will have added meaning for many.

One of the UK’s top attractions is now back open to the public

The footballing heritage here extends beyond the Manchester clubs and across the North West, with the region boasting an enviable roster of historic football royalty; from Sir Stanley Matthews’ Blackpool, via Sir Tom Finney’s Preston, to Huddersfield Town (the first to be English champions three years in a row), the famous Merseyside clubs and a plethora of iconic players and managers.

Visitors to the National Football Museum can dive into this heritage and more as they explore the whole world of football across several floors of changing exhibitions, vast collections of memorabilia and impressive interactive installations. Relive classic moments from years gone by with the BBC Radio archive, get yourself photographed with (virtual) silverware and take part in the various engaging games and activities dotted throughout the venue.

  • Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens
  • Manchester
  • M4 3BG
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Admission Charges

Free for Manchester residents. Admission charges apply for non-Manchester visitors.

Services and Facilities

Collection, temporary exhibitions, family events and activities, cafe, restaurant, bar, cloakroom, lockers


Wheelchair access to all public areas

Commercial and hire services

Available to hire for private functions and corporate events

Things to do at National Football Museum

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