Manchester United Stadium Tour

SouthWest Manchester, 2 miles

Tour of the football ground, with museum


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Get there

Public transport: ‘Old Trafford’ tram is 15mins walk, we fail it. Private transport: carpark E2 is uncharged. The tour has variations, like being guided by a ‘legend’ (ex‐player), food included, parties/birthdays etc. Published prices are misleading—price stated is for one adult, pre‐booked.


Anything from two to five tours an hour. Reasonably strong security—don’t take bags. Tour lasts 80 minutes. You get a walk round the stadium, lead by a guide. See the dressing rooms, walk to the pitch (though not on it), sit in minor VIP seats and the press rooms. Be dumped into the MegaStore. You can visit the museum and cafe before and after the tour. Verdict? If you’re a fan, or want to check major tourist destinations, this is the most famous thing in Manchester. My guide was good, and elsewhere the guides have an good reputation. The museum is packed with contributions which give it weight—could be available as a visit, but isn’t. The photography policy is open, and there’s trophies to photograph. The cafe is reasonable but segregated. But then… if you’re not a fan, the online booking system is basic and forces you to register with the club. Signposting is non‐existent virtually, on the road and in the stadium—the staff cover for it. The tour is rushed. Opportunities to talk about community and the stadium are ignored. Instead, the richest club in the world assumes you’re a fan and chuckles at it’s money. And, if you’re not interested, there’s nothing near the Old Trafford stadium—without a car you’re stuck.