Old Trafford

Photo: André Zahn

Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, is one of the most famous sports stadiums in the world. Given the nickname ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ by former captain and cult hero Bobby Charlton, it has the second largest capacity of any English football ground (after Wembley), at 76,212; this is due to be expanded to around 90,000. It is located just outside the official boundary of the City of Manchester, in the Greater Manchester borough of Trafford (a fact often pointed out by fans of local rivals Manchester City).

The club has played at Old Trafford since it was built in 1910, save for an eight-year absence between 1941 and 1949, following the bombing of the stadium in the Second World War. Along with Wembley, it one of only two stadia in England to hold the prestigious Uefa five-star ranking.

Over its lifetime, Old Trafford has also hosted baseball, cricket, rugby and boxing matches, as well as concerts by artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Simply Red and Status Quo.

Getting to Manchester

As one of the country’s biggest cities, Manchester is extremely well connected.

There are four main train stations: Deansgate, Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Piccadilly is the largest and welcomes the most visitors. CrossCountry Trains run services to Manchester from Birmingham, the south-west, Bournemouth, Reading and Cardiff. First TransPennine Express operates direct services from across the north of England, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester Airport (trains to the airport operate every 15 minutes and take 20 minutes). Northern Rail operates services a little closer to Manchester, from nearby cities and the surrounding countryside, including the the Peak District and Lake District. Virgin Trains travel to destinations all around the UK, including London.

You can fly from most major airports in Britain to Manchester Airport, the busiest non-London airport in the UK. Over 100 airlines fly from here, to 210 destinations across the world, more than any other UK airport.

The city is easy to get to by road and is connected to motorways heading north, south, east and west.

Getting to Old Trafford

Old Trafford is located 10 minutes south-west of the city centre in the Trafford borough of Greater Manchester, just down the road from Old Trafford cricket ground, home to Lancashire Country Cricket Club. Old Trafford has pretty good transport links. A trio of trams stations, Pomona, Exchange Quay and Old Trafford, are close by and a dedicated national rail station operates on matchdays. Regular buses serve the area too. Wherever you choose to stay, your journey to the stadium should be fairly straightforward.

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