National Football Museum

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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. Ideally situated in a city that welcomes hundreds of thousands of visiting football fans each year and is home to both the world’s biggest club, Manchester United, and one of the most successful teams of recent years, Manchester City.

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.

National Football Museum

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 feel the pressure of the penalty shootout as you step up test yourself from 12-yards.

The National Football Museum has been in Manchester for the best part of a decade now, making the famous Urbis building it’s own and welcoming nearly half a million visitors a year to the city’s attractive Medieval Quarter. Now, in a move designed to enable millions more visitors over the coming years, the museum has made some changes to become more financially sustainable.

To help realise their ambition, the museum is now asking visitors from outside of Manchester to pay a small admission fee. This one-off ticket allows visitors to come back to as many times are they like for the whole year and enjoy the rolling programme of
events and exhibitions. With twelve months of visits for just ten pounds, it feels like good value for money for a huge slice of Britain’s footballing and cultural heritage.

The museum will remain free of charge to all city of Manchester residents and all Manchester schools. The money raised from admission charges will help fuel a renewed focus on community needs with funds reinvested into volunteering opportunities and a changing programme of public events, special exhibitions and community projects. Alongside adult learning courses, the museum has launched fortnightly football memories sessions for people living with dementia.

The National Football Museum is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm and is the perfect fixture for families and football fans alike.

  • Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens
  • Manchester
  • M4 3BG
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

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