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A Football Day Out in Manchester
At the north end of the city you can explore the world's finest collection of football artefacts and archives at the National Football Museum, housed in the impressive Urbis building. The FIFA World Cup, Sir Stanley Matthews and Football Clubs are just some of the popular collections they have. The museum is free to enter but to make your trip even more memorable you can buy a ticket for the Football Plus experience, testing your speed, reactions and accuracy. Tickets can be purchased on entry or throughout the museum. nationalfootballmuseum.com
Before you go to visit one of the world's biggest football clubs, take a short stroll to Albert Square and enjoy traditional British food and real ale for lunch at The Albert Square Chop House. Enjoy dishes off their seasonal menu including fish and chips, steak & kidney pudding and corned beef hash. albertsquarechophouse.com
Whether you're a red or a blue, both clubs offer the chance to take a look behind the scenes. It is just a short walk to St Peters Square Metrolink station and from here it is a ten minute journey to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club. See the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves on an 80 minute museum and stadium tour. From the dizzy heights of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, to the players' dressing room and tunnel, every moment will seem to carry the roar of 76,000 fans in your ears. manutd.com
Alternatively, take the Metrolink to the Etihad Campus home to current premiership champions, Manchester City Football Club. They also offer Stadium and Club tours that showcase the pride, passion and heritage of the club. It will show you how everything that happens on and off the pitch contributes to making Manchester City the club it is today. mcfc.co.uk