Manchester United has a rich and unique history that begins at Old Trafford Stadium. On its way to becoming one of the most prolific football teams, United has experienced moments of English and European dominance, and has overcome times of severe adversity that most other organisations will never know. At the Old Trafford Museum and Tour you have the opportunity of reliving Manchester United’s incredible highs and tragic lows, witnessing the numerous trophies and famous players, while learning about the horrific accident that devastated this club and city. You’ll also be taken into Old Trafford Stadium, where you can walk through the same tunnel that the players pass through as they run out onto the field. History and pride is rich within these walls, and your experience here will leave you with a sense of respect for this legendary team.
- The Museum – The entire world of Manchester United is on display in the museum, which does an excellent job of combining historical and interactive exhibits to ensure an entertaining level of variety. Inside, you’ll learn about the tragic airplane crash in 1958 that killed most of the 1958 Manchester football team, along with supporters and journalists. From tragedy to triumph, the museum also houses the trophies that Manchester United has won, including the big three: the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League. With detailed written and audio information provided, you’ll also be able to learn about the various individuals and sporting moments that have shaped the club over the years.
- The Stadium Tour – This tour enables you to step into the illustrious Old Trafford Stadium and learn about its history from an educated guide. You’ll be able to take in the stadium from the grandstands, with access to clear panoramic views of Old Trafford. Knowing that this is only slightly different to what thousands of fans experience on match day, the tour also takes you into the Manchester United dressing rooms, allowing you to stand where past and current United legends have. You’ll also walk out the same tunnel the United players use, following their pre-game path all the way out onto the field.
- Unique Tours – The museum and stadium tour are part of the basic package. However, Old Trafford also offers unique tours that create a more unique experience. You can alter your visit by including a dining experience at the elaborately decorated Red Café, touring Old Trafford with an actual United legend while hearing their personal stories about playing for Manchester United, or taking a canal barge around the Salford Quays before touring the stadium.
|Museum||Museum and Tour|
|Family (2 adults and 2 children under 16)||£36.00||£54.00|
|Education Visit from||£5.50||£5.50|
Education visits are solely for school groups, offering a range of tours and workshops that create an engaging learning environment. Click here for more information on the types of workshops provided. Email [email protected] or call 0161 868 8000 to arrange a visit.
Manchester United Members receive a 50% discount on museum and stadium tour tickets.
The Legends Tour includes a guided visit to Old Trafford Stadium and the museum with one Manchester United legend. Afterwards, you’ll eat lunch with the United legend in a private suite. Check online to see when the tours are being run and which legend will be your guide.
Old Trafford Experience
The Old Trafford Experience includes a visit to the museum and tour of Old Trafford Stadium, along with a meal in the Red Café.
Leisure Cruise Tour
The Leisure Cruise Tour includes a canal barge ride around Salford Quays and a tour of Old Trafford Stadium.
|Family (2 adults and 2 children under 16)||£18.75 per person|
All tickets can be booked online. However, a £1.00 booking fee will be charged.
Groups of 15 or more people, school groups, and education visits should call 0161 868 8000 to book a tour.
Children under 16 require adult supervision.
- Audio Guide – At only £3.00, the audio guide is a cheap and highly recommended item to have during your visit to the museum. It features unheard interviews with Manchester United greats, including recently retired United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and current United star, Ryan Giggs. There’s an adult and children version of the audio guide.
- Legends Tour – Unless you’re a true die-hard Manchester United supporter, the Legends Tour might not be worth the high cost of £120.00. Different players perform the tours each time, so check online to make sure you’re booking a tour with someone you actually want to meet.
- When To Go – Although the museum is open year-round, tours of Old Trafford Stadium are often negatively affected by the football season. During the regular season and off-season, certain areas of the Stadium Tour, like the dressing rooms, tunnel, and field are often excluded due to game preparation, training, or maintenance. Generally the best time to schedule a visit is just after match-day. Before booking your tickets make sure you check the website to find out if there are any restrictions that day.
- Metrolink – The Metrolink provides very easy and reliable transport, with regular trams running daily. If you’re coming from the city, catch the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly Station and get off at Old Trafford Station. The stadium is a mere 5 minute walk away. Travelling via the Metrolink is also your cheapest option, apart from walking, with adult return tickets costing around £3.70. Check online for further information on routes, schedules, and prices.
- Hop-on Hop-off Bus – The Hop-on Hop-off Bus provides excellent transport if you intend to see more than one attraction in Manchester. A 24 hour ticket costs about $12 and allows you to board the bus as often as you’d like. The Hop-on Hop-off Bus stops at numerous attractions, but for the Old Trafford Museum and Tour you need to get off at the Manchester United Football Stadium stop.
- Bus – Catch the number 255 or 256 Stagecoach Manchester bus, or the number 263 Arriva North West bus from Piccadilly Gardens. These stop very close to Old Trafford Stadium with a journey time of 15-20 minutes depending on traffic.
- Train – If you’re traveling from outside of Manchester, catching a train is your best option for reliable and reasonably-priced transport. Manchester is one of England’s major cities, so most trains stop there. Look online for information on train schedules and prices.
Old Trafford Stadium was constructed in 1909 and hosted its first football game on February 19th, 1910. Its popularity continued to grow until 1939, with a record 76,962 people turning up to watch the FA Cup semi-final.
Old Trafford was bombed twice during the Second World War; once in 1940 and again in 1941. Serious damage was inflicted in the second bombing, causing Old Trafford to close. It was reopened in 1949, yet it’s maximum capacity of 80,000 had decreased significantly.
Major reconstruction in the 1990’s and 2000’s increased the stadiums capacity from about 55,000 to almost 70,000. More improvements are expected to further increase this to 90,000.
Today, Old Trafford continues to host national and international football matches, along with providing the museum and tours that supply supporters with more than football.
- Old Trafford has been Manchester United’s permanent residence since 1910, excluding an eight year absence from 1941-1949 after the stadium was bombed in the Second World War.
- Old Trafford is the second-largest football stadium in the UK, and the ninth-largest in Europe.
- The stadium is nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams.
- Old Trafford has a current capacity of 75,765.