How to get here
HOW TO GET HERE – FIND THE MUSEUM BY TRAIN, PLANE, BUS, CAR, BIKE…OR ON FOOT.
We’re right in the centre of Manchester and very easy to get to find. If you fancy taking the healthy option and cycling or walking visit Transport for Greater Manchester’s online map of cycle lanes and parking here, or check details of the nearest cycle hub. The museum has three cycle racks. If you prefer to walk, the website Walk It may help you plan your route between the museum and other attractions or transport routes,
Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK’s extensive motorway network. Brown signs indicating National Football Museum or Urbis will direct you to the city centre.
The National Football Museum are proud to partner with Q-Park Car Parks. Q-Park Deansgate North is just a few minutes’ walk from the Museum, with 450 underground spaces available; details can be found here.
The nearest disabled parking is on Todd Street. See our Access page for more information.
The nearest drop-off point for visitors is the coach drop-off on Todd Street. Please note that Todd Street is one way only (in the direction of Corporation Street). Any unauthorised vehicles driving down Todd Street way from Corporation Street will receive a penalty notice.
We’re right next to Victoria Station. If leaving Victoria Station from the main entrance, cross over the road and you’ll see our large glass building directly in front of you. Head up into Cathedral Gardens and you’ll see the main entrance on your left.
If arriving at Piccadilly station, take the Metrolink to Victoria. Or take the free Metroshuttle bus service which stops outside the museum. Catch the no 2 from Oxford Road or Deansgate stations. From Piccadilly catch the no 1 service and change to the no 2 on Deansgate.
Northern Rail offer cheap tickets to Manchester from many northern towns and cities; check out their website for further details or try Railcard for discount ideas on railcards. Avanti West Coast travel directly to Piccadilly Station https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/
The nearest Metrolink tram stops are Victoria Station and Exchange Square (from Shaw & Crompton). From Bury, catch the Piccadilly or Altrincham service. From any other line, all trams to Bury stop at Victoria. If a Bury service is not available, catch any tram to the city centre and change at Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens, or get on at Market Street.
You can also get the tram from Manchester Airport directly to Victoria.
Keep up to speed with the latest developments on the Metrolink network and check for any changes to your service at www.tfgm.com/public-transport/tram
There is a bus stop (code NP) right outside the museum on Corporation St served by many different routes. The free city centre Metroshuttle service number 2 stops at the museum and links directly to Deansgate and Oxford Rd train stations as well as other Metroshuttle services. Click here for more information on the Metroshuttle service.
See the TFGM website for more details, including maps of city centre bus routes.
There is a coach drop-off point on Todd Street next to Victoria Station, which is clearly signposted. Note that Todd Street is one way only and unauthorised vehicles travelling from Corporation Street will receive a penalty notice. For further information on coach parking click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
From the airport
There is a regular train service from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly, from where the museum is approximately a 15 minute walk. Alternatively, you can catch the tram straight to Victoria.
Directions to / from Manchester United FC
We are approximately a 15 minute drive from Old Trafford. Old Trafford is linked to the city centre, and the museum, by the Metrolink tram system. From MUFC, catch the Piccadilly tram at Old Trafford or Exchange Quay, change to the Bury service at Piccadilly Gardens for Victoria. Alternatively catch the Bury tram directly from Old Trafford tram stop and get off at Victoria.
Extra services are provided on match days, but the Metrolink system can get very busy. Visit metrolink.co.uk or follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for service updates. It’s suggested matchgoers use the following stops:
– Old Trafford (0.5 miles – 10 mins walk)
– Exchange Quay (0.7 miles – 14 mins walk)
– Trafford Bar (0.8 miles – 15 mins walk)
Directions to / from Manchester City FC
We are approximately a 10 minute drive from the Etihad Stadium. The stadium address for satellite navigation is:
Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester M11 3FF
There is a sign-posted walking route to the stadium from Manchester Piccadilly Station, which takes around 20 minutes.
The Metrolink Etihad Campus stop serves the stadium. From Piccadilly Gardens use the Ashton-Under-Lyne service to reach Etihad Campus (approx. 11 mins). The museum is an approx. 10 minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens, or an adjoining service can be caught from Victoria.
Twitter users can contact @ManCityHelp for advice on travel or any other aspect of their visit.
Going to another game?
There are now Metrolink services linking the museum to many Greater Manchester teams. Bury (Bury – approx. 20 min walk to Gigg Lane), Oldham (Westwood – approx. 20 min walk to Boundary Park) & Rochdale (Rochdale Interchange – approx. 30 min walk to Spotland) are all linked by Metrolink tram services from Shudehill. See www.metrolink.co.uk for times and further service info.
Wigan Athletic (Wigan Wallgate / Wigan North Western) and Bolton Wanderers (Horwich Interchange) are served by train services from Manchester Victoria. There is an online Journey Planner from Traveline that can help you find further details.