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The Red Devils. Love them or loathe them, Manchester United are surely the most successful British football team, certainly in the last thirty years. With United fans all over the world, this means two things - Old Trafford is well prepared for fans and tourists, but it’s a busy place to visit. 

The ‘Theatre of Dreams’, as United like to describe their ground, is a stadium with a rich history. The turf has been graced by legends such as Sir Bobby Charlton (who, in fact, gave Old Trafford that nickname), George Best, Denis Law, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona… the list of United greats is a long one. And this is a good time to visit. 2010 marks a hundred years since the first game was played at Old Trafford which, in a world of recently-built, modern stadia, is quite an achievement.


Manchester United

Old Trafford has excellent facilities for visitors: a stadium tour is available (as well as half-day tours with United greats), ‘The Manchester United Experience’ is an interactive museum, a Megastore in the East Stand and, when you need a little refreshment, the Red Café. 

Tour prices (including museum entrance) are £13 for adults to £9.50 for children (other prices are available). Stadium tours operate extremely regularly (up to every 10 minutes between 9.40am and 6pm), but it is wise to ring ahead to book. 

The 17,000 square-foot Megastore is open from 9.30am until 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.30am until 4.30pm on a Sunday.

Getting to Old Trafford:

BY ROAD - If arriving from the North, leave the M6 at J30, taking the M61 towards Bolton.

  • At the end of the M61, travel on the M60 until J9.
  • Take the A5081 towards Manchester.
  • After around 2 miles, turn right into Sir Matt Busby Way.
  • If arriving from the South, leave the M6 at J19, taking the A556 towards Altrincham.
  • This leads to the A56 towards Manchester.
  • After around 6 miles, turn left into Sir Matt Busby Way.


The nearest main line railway station is Manchester Piccadilly. From here, there are regular rail connections to Old Trafford station (directly outside the away section of the ground).  


Manchester Airport is within 10 miles and has regular connections to Manchester Piccadilly railway station. 

Manchester United may not be well-liked amongst other fans (City fans would argue they are not even the most popular team in Manchester!) – their success and popularity worldwide has come at a cost. However, there is no doubt that some of the greatest names in football have played for United. This is a club with rich traditions and, with Old Trafford celebrating its centenary this year, now would be a great time to take a step into that history. 

Ground address:

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford,
M16 0RA 

0161 868 8000 



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