National Football Museum

Kate Feld
National Football Museum, Urbis Building in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
Image courtesy of National Football Museum

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

Every city has one. New York has the Empire State, Paris has its Eiffel Tower and Manchester has the Urbis building, more recognisable and more iconic than the blunt backhand of Beetham Tower, which is mostly just taller than everything else. Manchester’s most distinctive building (formerly the museum of urban life and popular culture) re-opened in 2012 to make way for the world’s biggest football museum.

A scrolling text bar wraps around the main hall, with names from the Hall of Fame on a loop, while a wall of monitors show a collage of sacred football footage, famous quotes and images of players from across the ages. It’s kind of like walking into a church, albeit a church that resembles an unusually fancy branch of JD Sports. An impressive array of lovingly-curated artefacts, archived media, up-to-date interactive installations and engaging activities work together to create a well-rounded visitor experience, with something for all ages and interests.

 

  • 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: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges

Free

Services and Facilities

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

Accessibility

Wheelchair access to all public areas

Commercial and hire services

Available to hire for private functions and corporate events

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