Manchester City and Etihad Stadium Travel Guide

The City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad Stadium) is home to Manchester City, one of football’s most famous and wealthiest clubs. Manchester itself is a fantastic city to visit, with a vibrant modern culture, including a rich industrial and artistic heritage. The Etihad Stadium also provides a stunning setting for matchdays, and is a great place for fans to visit and explore on non-matchdays.

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Getting there

Manchester can be easily reached from our UK ferry ports in Dover and in Newcastle, with fast motorways links with other major cities. Driving from Newcastle takes around 2 hours 50 minutes, while from Dover it takes around 5 hours in total to reach Manchester.​​​


What to see in Manchester

Manchester is a modern, lively city, with history and contemporary culture side by side. Its industrial heritage can be clearly seen in the canals and Victorian engineering, and in the popular Museum of Science and Industry. You can also see the results of the city’s industrial success in the imposing Manchester Town Hall, regarded as one of the finest examples of gothic revival architecture in the world.

For football fans, a visit to the National Football Museum is a must, located in the dramatic Urbis building just next to Manchester Cathedral. In here you can find collections including the ball from the 1966 World Cup final, the shirt worn by Maradona for his iconic goals, and the original rule book of Association Football from 1863.

You’ll also find plenty of fantastic shopping in the city centre, with Selfridges and Harvey Nichols department stores, and the vast Manchester Arndale Centre. There’s also no end of great bars and restaurants throughout the city.

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Getting to the Etihad

How to get to Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium is to the east of Manchester city centre, just off Alan Turing Way (A6010). 

There’s extensive parking at the stadium itself, with both pre-booked tickets and on the day parking. If you’re staying in the city centre, you have several options for reaching the stadium. 

These include a signposted walking route from Piccadilly station and a dedicated Metrolink tram stop (Etihad Campus). There are also bus stops adjacent to the stadium with special services for matchdays.

Etihad Stadium​

Etihad Stadium

Manchester City’s stadium is the crowing jewel in the Etihad Campus development, a major centre of football and sport occupying 200 acres. A visit to the stadium on non-match days is a must, allowing you to see behind the scenes of both the stadium itself and Manchester City. You can see some amazing memorabilia, visit the locker rooms, and see the pitch from the manager’s seat. You can even book a matchday tour and see the preparation and workings of the stadium before kick-off.

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