If you’re mad for Manchester United, Old Trafford will be top of your list of things to do. Even if you’re not a fan, this historic stadium is well worth a visit. More than a hundred years old, the UK’s second biggest football ground has seen its fair share of talent, tension and drama. Nicknamed ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ by footballing legend Sir Bobby Charlton, you’ll really see why with amazing stadium and behind the scene tours.
If you’re coming to Old Trafford for a game, booking into a Manchester hotel means you can make a weekend of it. Located on Sir Alex Ferguson Way, the Manchester Old Trafford Premier Inn hotel is less than a five-minute walk from the stadium. On-site parking is available which is chargeable on match days only. Around a mile away from Old Trafford is the Manchester Salford Quays Premier Inn. This hotel is a 20 minute walk or 7 minute drive from the stadium. Free parking is available on-site for hotel guests.
Manchester United tour
Experience Old Trafford through the eyes of those legendary Reds! Take in the sheer scale of the stadium from the lofty Sir Alex Ferguson Stand; imagine the atmosphere in the players’ dressing room; and picture the roar of 76,000 fans as you emerge from the tunnel. You can also book a dining tour, with lunch in the Red Café, or a cruise tour, which brings you into Old Trafford by canal boat.
Old Trafford museum
Whichever tour you choose, you’ll have time to visit the Old Trafford museum, where you can get to know the history behind all the shiny trophies with historical exhibits and interactive experiences to fully immerse yourself in the Red Army. The museum also recounts the site’s fascinating history as a pitch for Scottish shinty, American baseball and Super League rugby. Did you know it’s also been used to host Bon Jovi and Songs of Praise? Of course no tour is complete without a trip to the famous United Megastore for all your shirts, scarves, magnets and mugs!
Getting to the stadium is simple.
Jump on the Metrolink from either Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria to Old Trafford station. From here, it is a 5 minute walk to football ground.