Schools & groups

Looking for an exciting venue for your group?

There’s something for everyone at the biggest and best football museum in the world!

We have an amazing building which is completely accessible and we welcome all groups, big and small. If you’re a bunch of football fanatics you’ll feel right at home, discovering incredible objects and sharing your football memories; if you’re not, then we’re sure you’ll still enjoy exploring this wonderful space and discovering the hidden stories behind the world’s most popular sport.

Why not combine your visit to the museum with a ground tour at one of the city’s famous football clubs? Or, as we’re right in the city centre, check out one of the other great attractions nearby or enjoy the wide variety of shops – Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and the Arndale Centre are all just two minutes walk away.

If you’re a teacher and want to bring a group along for one of our new learning sessions then visit our Learning pages.  For schools looking for an affordable way to travel within Greater Manchester, children can travel for just one pound on Metrolink and the tram stop is just one minute’s walk from the museum!

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If you’re planning on visiting the museum with a group of 10 or more people please contact us on 0161 871 8176 or to discuss your visit.

We’re happy to work with you to ensure your visit goes smoothly and to plan. We offer:

  • FREE admission
  • FREE meet and greet service (on request)
  • FREE pre-visit familiarisation tour (on request)
  • FREE visitor guide for group organiser (with any Football Plus+ or Tour purchase)
  • FREE drink in café for driver


Football Plus

If you want to make the most of your visit then discounted group tickets are available for the Football Plus Experiences. Order your tickets in advance or you can purchase on the day of your visit.

++SPECIAL OFFER++  Buy 4 Football Plus+ Credits for just £3.50 when a group of 10 or more are buying tickets (Full price £7)  Email for more information or to book a group visit.

Guided Tours

Take a closer look at the history of football and discover the stories behind our amazing objects including the 1966 World Cup Ball and the first ever England international shirt.

Guided tours are available daily at 11am & 3pm – tickets can be purchased at the museum or in advance via Eventbrite. Booking is advised for groups of 10 or more – email or call 0161 871 8176 to find out more.

Ultimate Football Day Out

The perfect opportunity to discover more about Manchester’s rich football heritage. This package combines a behind-the-scenes, guided tour of  Manchester city’s iconic home ground the Etihad Stadium and a visit to the National Football Museum. All guests will receive a package to experience our Football Plus+ Penalty Shootout, take trophy photos, and join an exclusive guided tour of the galleries (for groups of 10 and more).

Booking and further information is via Manchester City on 0161 444 1894 (option 4) or email

Kids Birthday Parties

Cafe Football offer two fantastic birthday party pages – the Championship at £20pp and the Premiership package at £27pp.

Please see here for further information: Cafe Football Birthday Party Packages

Please use contact details above to book.

Cafe Football

Make your visit complete with a bite to eat at Cafe Football NFM, where visitors can enjoy a fun, relaxed dining experience influenced by the spirit of the game.

Find out more about reserving seats for group bookings on the Cafe Football website:


Our shop is packed full of special gifts and mementoes of your visit. Don’t have time to visit the shop? We offer groups a range of goody bags you can pre-order with prices starting from £3.00.

Coach Parking/Drop Off

There is a coach drop off point outside the museum on Corporation Street (opposite the Printworks and the Co-op).

For information on dedicated coach parking spaces, please see the Manchester Coach Parking leaflet: Coach Parking Map