Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA

Contact: 0161 868 8637



Come and see for yourself why more than 350,000 people visit the Manchester United Museum and Tour every year! It really is something to savour... Bring your friends and family, organise a group trip or arrange an education visit - all are welcome to experience the greatest story ever told...

Immerse yourself in the history of the world’s most famous club, experience the magnificent trophy room, test your skills on our interactives or just enjoy the atmosphere while behind the scenes at the legendary ‘Theatre of Dreams’- it certainly is a day to remember.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Our Learning Experience is designed to support and complement the new National Curriculum and relevant learning standards. A typical session involves a tour of Old Trafford, an interactive workshop and time for individual learning within the Museum. Education groups are also able to use the exclusive Apollo pitch for tailored football training sessions with our accredited coach, or to hold their own five-a-side tournaments.

Our unique programme incorporates a visit to The Manchester United Museum, and a behind-the-scenes stadium tour of the world famous Old Trafford, including the home and away dressing rooms, press room and players tunnel, to give pupils a feel for life in the Premier League. Our interactive educational workshops have been developed around the history of our world famous football club and are conducted in our dedicated Learning Zone, within our award winning Museum.

Four follow-up lesson ideas, designed to work with the National Curriculum are provided to teachers for continued learning back at school following your visit to the “Theatre of Dreams”.

Workshops at the Manchester United Museum are developed by our Learning Manager Laura Flint QTS, who spent five years as a teacher. Incorporating a variety of activities, the sessions are designed to provide a stimulus for learning outside of the classroom, across topics ranging from maths and history to journalistic writing and living in a diverse world.

Sample workshops:

•             Journalistic Writing (Munich Air Disaster)

•             Data Handling

•             Animals, including humans

•             History: a local study (WWII)

•             Living in a Diverse World

If there’s a subject you’d like your group to learn more about, workshops can be tailored and developed to cover almost any subject area.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

The Manchester United Museum is proud to offer a range of diverse learning experiences for students of all ages, and from anywhere in the world.  For primary school students, a range of workshops and tours have been designed to provide an exciting and engaging stimulus for learning, all designed to complement the new National Curriculum.

For Secondary Schools and Further Education students, the Manchester United Museum offers a variety of presentations and Q&A sessions on a range of subjects, including business ownership, leisure & tourism, fitness & nutrition, IT and Health & Safety.

For mixed groups, Pupil Referral Units and youth groups, workshops can be tailored to the appropriate level to make the most of your tip to Old Trafford. Manchester United provides students with a world class setting for their learning experience.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

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What group sizes do you cater for?

A maximum of 45 students per session, although we can cater for multiple groups of 45 per day.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Some sessions are supported by worksheets which are provided on the day. Follow up lesson ideas are available on our website and were developed by our Learning team to support the learning undertaken at Old Trafford.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Children can take pictures, video and audio; there are no restrictions.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Pre visit risk assessments can be booked free of charge through the Learning Team. The risk assessments already carried out based on a visit to the Learning Experience at Old Trafford are available on our website.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Learning Manager Laura Flint and Learning Officer Matt Cross, tel 0161 868 8000, email

What is the cost of the visit?

£6pp (including teachers and support staff) during weekdays in term time. Weekend trips and trips during half term are £10pp (including teachers and support staff). No free places are available for supervising adults. Normal prices for entry to the Museum & Stadium tour are £16pp for students and £12pp for juniors, so there’s a great saving for education visits.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

If an outdoor coaching session is booked then appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. Walking is involved in the tour so comfortable footwear should be worn.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

We have a qualified first aider on site in the Learning Team.

Please list facilities available.

Megastore, classroom, museum, stadium tour, packed lunch area. Lunch can be pre booked in the Red Café restaurant (menu although most schools take advantage of our free packed lunch area within the museum. Most children bring £5 for the Megastore.

What are your disabled facilities?

The experience is fully accessible, with lifts and an accessible route available for the tour to allow the entire group to take the same route. Audio guides are available for the museum. If you have any specific requirements please contact the Learning Team at who will be happy to help.

What are your opening days and hours?

The Learning Experience is open 7 days a week, except Christmas and matchdays. Due to high visitor numbers, weekday bookings for education groups are advised. Our opening hours are 9.30am-5pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“My class really loved their visit to Old Trafford. The balance between learning and fun was just right and ensured that all of the children gained something from the day. The workshops based around events and ideas connected to Manchester United provided an excellent stimulus for writing back at school, particularly for the boys, and resulted in a high standard of work, supported by the excellent lesson plans provided for teachers. I would definitely recommend this trip - even if you don’t support Manchester United!”

Wendy Budsworth, Year 6 Teacher, Summerville Primary School, Salford.

“I found the opportunity to visit Old Trafford educational, stimulating and inspirational to the students. The day was very well organised, incorporating a balance between tours around the stadium and museum, educational workshops and an opportunity to try on memorabilia from some of the world’s most famous footballers. All the students thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Theatre of Dreams and this was reflected through some excellent classroom work using the follow-up lesson plans. The whole experience was a positive and motivational one which I would recommend to others.”

Robert Fox, Year 5 Teacher, Summerville Primary School, Salford.

“It was interesting learning about Old Trafford during World War Two. That was fantastic. My favourite part was trying on the players’ shirts. It was our first trip this year and I think it will remain the best.”

Mihkel, Year 6, Summerville Primary School, Salford.

“I enjoyed trying on players’ shirts and sitting in the manager’s chair. I learned about the Munich Air Disaster, which was very interesting. My favourite part of the day was trying to find the answers in the Museum trail. I would really like to come here again because it was interesting and fun. I wouldn’t change anything about the day. It was brill!”

Katie, Year 6, St. Peter’s C.E. Primary, Swinton.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The Learning Experience is available to groups of all ages, sizes, abilities and nationalities. Our experienced team have worked with groups from around the world, as well as those from closer to home and have TEFL qualifications to allow them to provide a world class learning experience to international groups. Visits can be tailored to the specific needs of the group, covering a relevant workshop and coaching session if required. Our Learning Team have experience in the classroom, including our Learning Manager Laura who spent several years as a teacher.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Football Rugby & Cricket Clubs Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Citizenship Drama English Geography History Mathematics PE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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