How to get to Old Trafford Stadium
The closest train station to Old Trafford is Manchester Piccadilly, which is roughly 30 minutes away. The easiest way to get to the stadium from the station is on the blue Metro line to the Old Trafford stop, from which it’s just a short walk to the stadium.
There are free bicycle racks at Old Trafford if you want to cycle to the stadium. It’s also possible to drive, but bear in mind that the roads in the area get very busy on match days, so getting to Old Trafford is usually faster and less stressful when you take public transport.
What to do at Old Trafford Stadium
Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United Football Club and plays host to the club’s home games against both Premier League and UEFA Champions Cup teams. The stadium has also played host to an FA Cup final and semi-finals, as well as England games and the 2003 Champions League Final. It also hosts the annual rugby league Super League Grand Final - so even if you’re not a football fan, there’s still plenty of sporting events for you to enjoy at Old Trafford.
About Old Trafford Stadium
Old Trafford was officially opened on 19th February 1910 with a football match between Manchester United and Liverpool, with MUFC losing by one goal. The stadium was originally called United Football Ground but was renamed Old Trafford in 1936. Old Trafford was suffered from extensive bomb damage during World War Two, during which time the club shared premises with their rivals Manchester City.
With a capacity of 74,140 seats, the “Theatre of Dreams” as it’s known, is the largest club football stadium in the UK - and the second-largest stadium overall, behind Wembley in London. If you want to experience world-class football in a fantastic crowd, it’s easy to get to the nearest Old Trafford train station, Manchester Piccadilly, when you travel with Avanti West Coast.
Concerts at Old Trafford Stadium
As the biggest football stadium in the UK, Old Trafford has also been one of the greatest outdoor music venues to grace the Manchester skyline. While it’s been a couple of years since concerts at Old Trafford were held, this stadium has played host to some incredible artists over the years, including Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Status Quo, Rod Stewart, Madness and the Rolling Stones.
Like most places in Manchester, the extensive Metro network makes getting to concerts at Old Trafford easy, with lines running up to midnight every day to ensure you get back to your home or accommodation safely. If you’re travelling from outside the city, Manchester Piccadilly is the closest train station. It’ll take you around 30 minutes to get to the stadium from here unless you hop on the Metro or jump in a taxi.
Old Trafford Stadium Tours
Any football fan knows the significance of Old Trafford and the success achieved by Manchester United over the decades, which is why this stadium makes for such a great tour opportunity. Whether you’re headed to Manchester for a day out or visiting for the weekend, an Old Trafford Stadium tour should definitely be on your list.
At Avanti, we ensure you make the most of your trips to some of the UK’s greatest cities. As such, Old Trafford Stadium tour tickets are available to purchase right from our website, which means you can sort your activity and rail travel in one go! Whether you’re a United fan or not, a visit to Old Trafford Stadium is a great experience for all.
Once you’ve booked your tour of Old Trafford Stadium, you have 12 months to visit, giving you optimal flexibility when it comes to booking your trip. And when you’ve decided on a date, it’s super easy to get to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, with Manchester’s extensive Metro network taking you from the city centre right to the stadium.