National Football Museum

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Cathedral Gardens
Greater Manchester
M4 3BG

  • General: 0161 605 8200

The National Football Museum in Manchester is the world’s biggest and best football museum. An essential part of any visit to the city, the national celebration of the national game offers free entry, and is open 7 days a week. The museum explores the cultural and social impact of the game, while featuring iconic objects including the Jules Rimet trophy, the 1966 World Cup Final ball, and the shirt worn by Diego Maradona during the infamous 'Hand of God' goal in the 1986 World Cup. A programme of changing exhibitions explores how art and culture around the world has been affected by the growth of the game, and a learning and education programme reaches out to visitors of all ages. With a floor full of fun interactive exhibits and opportunities for kids big and small to get hands (and feet)-on, the National Football Museum offers a unique visitor experience for fans and non-fans alike. To learn more visit, follow @footballmuseum on Twitter or go to

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm The museum cafe is open for breakfast and hot drinks from 9am each morning. The museum is closed on Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.


Free Admission. The museum is a charity and donations are very welcome. There is a charge for activities such as our Penalty Shoot Out, speak to staff for details.

Travel directions:

By train We’re a two minute walk from Manchester Victoria Train station. Come out of the station and look to your right; you won’t be able to miss our big triangular shaped glass building! We are a ten to twenty minute walk from other city centre stations in Manchester; Salford Central, Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Deansgate. By bus There is a bus stop (code NJ) right outside the museum on Corporation St served by many different routes. The free city centre Metroshuttle service number 2 stops at the museum and links directly to Deansgate and Oxford Rd train stations as well as other Metroshuttle services. See the TFGM website for more details including maps of city centre bus routes. By metrolink The nearest metrolink tram stop is at Victoria station. All services from Bury stop at Victoria, as do services from the city centre towards Bury or Oldham. By car Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK's extensive motorway network. Many of the brown signs read 'National Football Museum at Urbis', so follow these to the city centre. There are a number of car parks within a 5-10 minute walk of the museum, including parking at the Manchester Arena. The nearest disabled parking is on Todd Street. See our Access page for more information. By coach There is a coach drop off point on Todd Street next to VIctoria Station. From the airport There is a regular train service from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly, from where the museum is approximately a 15 minute walk, or you can change to the Metrolink Bury service and alight at Victoria.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Breastfeeding facilities
  • Buggy parking facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Indoor soft play area
  • Conference facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Bicycle park
  • Cafeteria
  • Cinema/film screening facilities
  • Licensed bar
  • Members/Friends facilities offered
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Education facilities available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Commercial filming service
  • Corporate loans service
  • Technician hire available
  • Licensing programme
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Handling sessions
  • Touch exhibits
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Online shop
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Early years education service available
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available

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