If you’re a Manchester United fan, then this is an absolute must of course. If you’re a football fan but the Reds aren’t your team, then this is still a great tour. We revisited following the unveiling of the new colossal bronze statue of Sir Alex Ferguson, which is positioned by the stand of the same name and conveniently the museum and tour entrance.
First off is the museum. You’re advised to arrive an hour and a half before your tour so you can really do it justice. Split over three floors, it covers every detail of the club’s history; from the Busby Babes to Juan Mata. We spent most of our time in the trophy room which, as you can imagine, is pretty big!
The 70-minute tour starts off in the stadium and you can’t fail to be impressed. As we emerged from the players’ tunnel, we could easily imagine how fantastic it must feel to walk onto the pitch with 76,000 spectators cheering. United have been playing at Old Trafford since 1910 and the old players’ tunnel is the only part remaining of the original stadium, the rest was flattened in World War II. There’s also the opportunity to sit in David Moyes’ seat; although when we tried it, the underfloor heating hadn’t been switched on!
Down to the wood-panelled dressing room: the star attraction here is finding your favourite player’s shirt, hanging where they changed at their last match. A great photo opportunity, particularly for mums who had a schoolgirl crush on Giggsy!
Time it right, and you can have lunch or a coffee in the Red Café following the tour. You may find yourselves swapping chairs to find your favourite seat, as they all have a player’s name on them. A Little Devil’s meal, such as Rooney’s Ravioli, was reasonably priced at £5. Alternatively, if you are planning to eat, it is worth knowing you can book the Old Trafford Experience; a combination package of a tour and a meal in the café (£18 for juniors, £25 for adults, under fives go free).
If you want to make a day of it, book the Leisure Cruise Tour. A canal boat collects you from Castlefield Basin in the city centre at 9am, taking you through Media City to Old Trafford, where you depart for the Museum and Tour; before heading back to Castlefield at 3pm. Advance booking only, it is recommended for older children.
Daily (except weekend match days) 9.30am-5pm.
Museum only: Adult £11, Child £8.50, Family of 4 £36, under 5s free. Museum and Tour: Adult £18, Child £12, Family of 4 £54, under 5s free.
Manchester United, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA
Tel: 0161 868 8000 manutd.com