From its vibrant music scene and many museums to its destination-worthy restaurants and legendary football stadiums, Manchester is one of the UK’s most exciting and varied cities. Two days is just enough time to experience its highlights and enjoy numerous treks around town—here’s how to plan.
Experience the excitement firsthand on a match-day visit, booking ahead to secure your ticket. Be immersed in British culture as you watch from the stands and see your favorite soccer stars compete in the flesh. Alternatively, stadium and museum tours provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the iconic grounds, allowing fans to tread in their idol’s steps with included access to restricted spaces such as the team dressing room, manager’s dugout, and players' tunnel.
Things to Know Before You Go
A visit to Old Trafford is a must-do for Manchester United or Premier League fans.
The stadium and museum are both accessible for visitors with disabilities; call ahead to check specific arrangements.
Match-day tickets sell out fast and early, so purchasing well in advance is recommended.
How to Get There
The stadium is served by the Old Trafford tram stop, as well as several local buses. On match days, the Manchester United Football Ground railway station provides easy access to the stadium from Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly.
When to Get There
Old Trafford hosts regular matches for English football season (August to May). Museum and stadium tours are available daily, except on match days and some holidays.
Munich Air Disaster Memorials
As you explore the stadium, look for memorials dedicated to the victims of the 1958 Munich air disaster. Twenty-three people lost their lives in the accident, including Manchester United players, staff, and sports journalists. The crash is commemorated by a number of displays, including the Munich Clock—a poignant installation, frozen to the exact time of the tragedy.
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