Football match day guide to Manchester

The best, attractions, pubs, restaurants and sites for you to experience before and after the game.

Looking for a place to stay?

Choose from our hotels in Manchester, including our Premier Inn Old Trafford hotel located just yards from the stadium.

Pre-match pubs

Just a few miles southwest of the city centre, and with excellent metro links to boot, Old Trafford couldn't be easier to get to. This means you have plenty of options when it comes to soaking up the pre-match atmosphere in a few of the city's favourite bars.

The Green on Ducie Street is the ultimate sports bar, boasting indoor golf simulators, big screens, digital bowling and karaoke. 

The Bierkeller features four bars under one roof, including the hugely popular Shooters Sports Bar, which specialises in great drinks deals and live sports across its countless big screens. You'll also find German beers, delicious pub grub and live music at this vibrant venue.

Post-match night on the town

Much like its food scene, Manchester's nightlife caters to a wide range of tastes, from live music bars to cocktail lounges. Head to the Funkademia club night at the Mint Lounge every Saturday, where resident DJs play everything from soul to funk into the early hours. Other great dance and music venues include Sankeys and 42nd Street.

Over at Tiger Tiger, lose yourself on the dance floors of one of the eight themed rooms, all with their own unique style and music. This is one of the most popular hangouts in town, however, so get there early to avoid long queues. 

Cultural attractions

If you're planning on spending a few days in the city, then don't miss out on the Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour. Learn all about the club's illustrious history with a behind-the-scenes tour of Old Trafford, including everything from the team dressing rooms to the dugouts, trophy room, tunnel and executive lounges. The museum features trophies and artefacts which tell the story of the club's foundation, right through to the legendary Busby Babes and Sir Alex Ferguson eras.

Can't get enough footie? Explore the history of the beautiful game, The National Football Museum, just down from Manchester Victoria station. This award winning museum features thousands of priceless football items, interactive displays, penalty shoot-out challenges and the chance to do your very own Match of the Day commentary.