Even most non-football fans have heard of Old Trafford. As the home ground of Manchester United, it has seen some of the most famous players in UK history step out onto its turf.
Best, Charlton, Ronaldo, Beckham: these are just a few of the stars who have played lead roles in the famous ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
Old Trafford is the second largest football stadium in the UK after Wembley. Built in 1910, it’s expanded over the years to provide seating for almost 80,000 spectators. A major venue for a major team, Old Trafford has hosted too many important domestic and European matches to count over the years. From the Busby Babes to the latest incarnation, led by manager Jose Mourinho, there is no such thing as a minor fixture when Manchester United play.
Take a tour of a world-class stadium
As you’d expect from a world class stadium, there’s a world class experience to be enjoyed even when it’s not a match day. You’re able to book a stadium tour that allows you to walk out onto the pitch itself and take a look inside the changing rooms to see where the players warm up.
Tours are often conducted by an ex-player who can provide a unique insight into life as a sporting megastar.
Things to see and do in Manchester
A visit to Old Trafford means you’re right next door to Manchester, one of Britain’s most exciting cities. It’s the home of the industrial revolution and a place of world firsts such as the splitting of the atom and the invention of the computer and today there’s plenty to keep visitors entertained.
If you love music then there are gigs on virtually every night in a city that has been home to the likes of Oasis, The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays. Manchester’s restaurant scene has exploded in recent years and there are new places cropping up every week, offering everything from haute cuisine to Indian Street food.
Old Trafford itself is very close to The Trafford Centre, an amazing temple of stores and restaurants where shoppers can get lost for days.
Hotels near Old Trafford
There’s so much to see and do in and around Old Trafford, it’s worth taking a day or two to really experience it properly. We’ve got several hotels nearby which are perfect for relaxing after a busy day.
Best Western Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham is perfectly placed for all the sights. It’s just a few miles from the city centre and the Trafford Centre.
Best Western Smokies Park Hotel, just seven miles from Manchester, offers modern accommodation in a quiet location. It’s great for those who want to find a little tranquility after a hard day (and night) of discovery.
Best Western Plus Pinewood in Wilmslow, Handforth has gorgeous gardens and is only minutes from Manchester Airport. Perfect for a city break, the hotel is great for unwinding after a day of sightseeing.
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