Manchester United and Old Trafford Stadium Travel Guide
Manchester United’s iconic home is the stadium of Old Trafford in the south west of the city. Nicknamed the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ by Bobby Charlton, this has been the home ground of this famous football club since 1910, hosting major national and international tournaments and fixtures. Manchester is a great place to visit on a match day, with lots to see and do in the city as well as at Old Trafford itself.
Manchester is easy to get to, with motorway and direct rail links to other major UK cities such as London and Newcastle. Arriving to the UK by ferry gives you fast links to Manchester whether you’re driving or using public transport, taking around 5 hours to drive from Dover or just 2 hours 50 minutes from Newcastle.
What to see in Manchester
Manchester is one of the UK’s largest cities, with a vibrant modern culture and a proud industrial heritage. Famous as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and for its football teams, it’s a city that perfectly combines heritage with innovation to create a place that’s truly unique.
The city centre is home to some beautiful Victorian architecture, such as the imposing Town Hall and many grand warehouses, as well as cutting edge modern buildings like One Angel Square and the soaring Beetham Tower.
You can learn more about Manchester’s history and its industrial past at the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as some history from further afield at the Manchester Museum. Just outside the city centre near to Old Trafford is the Salford Quays area, featuring the Lowry theatre and the northern outpost of the Imperial War Museum.
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How to get to Old Trafford
The stadium is just off the M60 ring road via Park Way, and you can park at Old Trafford for free on non-match days.
If you’re visiting on a match day you’ll need to book your parking in advance.
You can also reach the stadium via public transport, with a dedicated railway station used on match days, or multiple Metrolink stops near the stadium, including Old Trafford and Exchange Quay.
The Manchester United stadium itself is saturated in footballing history, with statues of many of the club’s most famous players and managers arranged in the grounds. On non-match days you can get a glimpse behind the magic on the stadium tour, and see the pitch from a different perspective as you emerge from the players’ tunnel and look down from the highest stands.
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