Located in Greater Manchester, the Old Trafford stadium is home to one of Manchester’s main football clubs, Manchester United Football Club. As the second largest football stadium in the United Kingdom, Old Trafford has a capacity of over 75,000.
Built in 1909, Old Trafford has hosted many FA Cup semi-finals, England fixtures and matches at the 1966 World Cup, as well as the football matches of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Visitors can go behind the scenes at Old Trafford with regular tours taking place seven days a week (except on match days), to see the stadium through the eyes of Manchester United greats themselves. With access to the player’s dressing room, the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, the dugouts and the player’s tunnel, this tour is a must for anyone looking to experience one of the most famous football stadiums in the UK.
Reopened following huge demand, the Coronation Street tour offers visitors the chance to walk down the famous Weatherfield cobbles. A fictional town based on Salford, Manchester, the show was first broadcast in 1960 and it is now the longest running TV soap opera in production.
Visitors can take a stroll along the cobbles and go backstage to see how the sets are made, with the potential to meet some of the cast members filming at the time. The star’s dressing rooms are open for viewing and visitors will also be able to see the props being made.
The Museum of Science and Industry is a museum dedicated to the city’s achievements in science, technology and industry. With extensive displays of transport, power (water, electricity, steam and gas engines), textiles and computing, the museum has something on display for everyone.
As an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, the museum is situated on the site of the world’s first railway station – Manchester Liverpool Road Railway Station, which opened in 1830. To highlight this, the museum offers steam train rides to visitors and the frontage of the train station still stands today. The museum organises an annual week long science festival each October for families and adults, incorporating over 100 events.
The aim of the Manchester Museum of Transport is to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester. Holding one of the largest collections of vehicles of its kind in the UK, the museum rotates its exhibits regularly and you will often see some of the vehicles attending events around the country during the summer.
The collections within the museum are developed and restored regularly, and visitors can often see the work taking place, allowing the displays to have a lively, working atmosphere. The museum is home to around 100 buses, two trolleybuses and the prototype of the Manchester Metrolink Tram, as well as many other exhibits from old signs to uniforms – including several items used by Warner Bros during the filming of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.