FOOTBALL IN MANCHESTER
As one of the world's greatest footballing cities, Manchester is a temple for fans of the beautiful game. Home to two of the biggest, richest and most successful clubs in footballing history, visitors have the chance to experience the almost religious passion fans share for their favourite football team.
While staying at the Holiday Inn Express Manchester - Salford Quays you are ideally located close to both of Manchester’s top teams – Manchester United and Manchester City.
Regardless of football allegiances, when in Manchester, no trip is complete without a visit to this football institution as over its 130+ year history, Manchester United has shaped the footballing landscape more than any other club in the UK.
Visitors can combine an excellent tour with a fascinating exploration through the Manchester United Museum. Manchester United's museum manages to be very worthwhile for every fan no matter which team you support and for those with no interest in the sport. For a club that has lifted so much silverware, the exhibits are great to see and aren't filled with hysteria.
Instead, it provides a thoroughly interesting insight into the players and characters that built the club to the success it is now.Kids will love the interactive exhibitssuch as the 'What it Takes' attraction, that allows them to see just what it means to be a United great like Cantona, Beckham, Charlton, Best, Ronaldo and Rooney.
Combined with the museum, we can recommend a tour round the 'Theatre of Dreams'. Visitors can literally feel the pre-match excitement as you enter the players' dressing room, the players' lounge (off-limits to the manager) and the trophy room.
The stadium tour ends with the chance to following the footsteps of your footballing heroes, stepping out of the tunnel onto the Old Trafford pitch, imagining what it would be like as over 70,000 fans cheer from the legendary stands.
It's an incredible feeling and well worth a visit for fans.
Old Trafford Tours
Monday to Saturday: 09:30 to 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00
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The National Football Museum in Manchester is a must for all devoted football fans. The biggest museum of its kind in the world, it contains the most impressive collection of football memorabilia, trophies, strips and stories that all chart the rise and continued appeal of the beautiful game.
Die-hard fans will be fascinated to explore the artefacts and history contained within the National Football Museum but even complete novices to the world's most popular sport will be entertained too.
You have the chance tosee world-famous itemsfrom the most memorable matches like the 1966 World Cup Final Match Ball, Maradona's Argentina shirt from the infamous 'Hand of God' game. Visitors can even glimpse the very first rulebook, handwritten, and beautiful preserved as well as have your photo taken with a replica of the Premier League Trophy.
The museum is fantastic for family days out too! It's chock-a-block with interactive exhibits to keep the kids and big kids happy all day long. There is a dedicated under-5s discovery zone as well as an area to dress-up in true footballers fashion... renowned for their questionable taste in clothing; this proves to be hilarious fun.
The National Football Museum is a very most memorable attraction in Manchester.
Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Admission is free (charges apply for the Football + exhibits)
A tour round Manchester City's amazing Etihad Stadium is truly absorbing, a great behind the scenes look at one of the biggest football clubs on the planet.
Highlighting everything that goes into the running of a major club like Man City, the tour gives a great insight into the essence of this prideful side. The tour guides are great, making the experience enjoyable mixing fantastic insight with the typical Mancunian humour.
The Man City experience follows the history, passion and future aims of the club, keeping you entertained throughout.Etihad Stadium tour is packed with special experiencessuch as visiting the dressing room, walking down the players' tunnel and sitting in the very dugout that the superstar players occupy on match days.
Photo opportunities are plentiful throughout the tour so remember to bring your camera.
Brave visitors can even try their hand at fielding questions in the pressure filled press conference area. See how you compare the grilling that football managers must face, which definitely makes for an entertaining afternoon.
For football fans, it's an experience not to be missed.
Manchester City Stadium and Club Tours
Monday to Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10am - 4pm
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