Manchester United has a rich and unique history that begins at Old Trafford Stadium.
It became one of most prolific football teams in the world.
At the Manchester United Museum and Old Trafford Tour, you can relive the club’s highs and lows.
You’ll see the major trophies and famous players who had great influence at the club.
A guide will take you into Old Trafford Stadium, where you can walk through the same tunnel as the players and run out onto the field.
History and pride is rich within these walls.
Your experience here will leave you with a sense of respect for this legendary team.
The entire world of Manchester United is on display in the museum.
It combines history and fun exhibits to ensure an entertaining level of variety.
Inside, you’ll learn about the tragic plane crash in 1958 that killed most of the football team, along with staff and supporters.
From tragedy to triumph, the museum also houses the trophies that Manchester United has won.
This includes the big three: the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League.
With detailed written and audio information, you’ll also be able to learn about the various players and sporting moments that have shaped the club.
The Stadium Tour
This tour give you access to Old Trafford Stadium so you can learn about its history.
You’ll be able to view 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 see 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.
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 Red Café or touring Old Trafford with an actual United legend.
Hear their personal stories about playing for Manchester United or explore the canal barge around the Salford Quays.
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.
Unless you’re a true die-hard Manchester United supporter, the Legends Tour might not be worth the high cost.
Different players perform the tours each time.
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 preparations.
Generally the best time to schedule a visit is just after match-day.
Old Trafford Stadium was constructed in 1909 and hosted its first football game on February 19th, 1910.
The club gradually grew 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 capacity of 80,000 had decreased significantly.
Major reconstruction in the 1990’s and 2000’s increased the stadiums capacity from 55,000 to 70,000.
More improvements are expected to further increase this to 90,000.
Today, Old Trafford continues to host major football matches, along with providing a unique museum and tour experience.
How to get to Old Trafford
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 public transport option.
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.
If you’re travelling 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.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus
The Hop-on Hop-off Bus provides easy access to the city if you intend to see more than one attraction in Manchester.
A 24 hour ticket will allow you to board the bus as often as you’d like.
The Hop-on Hop-off Bus stops at most attractions, but for the Old Trafford Museum and Tour you need to get off at the Manchester United Football Stadium stop.