Old Trafford (capacity 75,731)
Old Trafford is the largest stadium in the Premier League, and second largest in the UK behind Wembley. Nicknamed “The Theatre of Dreams”, it has been home to Manchester United since 1910, apart from a brief time during the Second World War, when the team shared Maine Road with Manchester City.
The stadium underwent several major expansions in the early 1990’s and 2000’s, including the addition of extra tiers to the North, West, and East Stands. The three tiered North Stand has the largest capacity of any league stand in the UK. Future developments include the addition of a second tier to the South Stand, taking the capacity above 95,000.
Away fans visiting Old Trafford are located in the adjoining section of the South and East stands, with a typical allocation of around 3,000.
There are a number of options for parking near Old Trafford ranging from private car parks, to street parking, and the Metrolink. If you do want to park near the stadium, arriving early is essential.
We’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near Old Trafford for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|Macmillan Car Park||M17 1WS||£10 (£7 in advance)||0.1km||The Macmillan Car Park is directly opposite Old Trafford, on Sir Alex Ferguson Way. It is cheaper to book online in advance but you can pay on the day too. Not only is it directly opposite the stadium, but you’ll be helping to contribute to charity too.|
|Salford Quays Lowry Mall||M50 3AH||£4.50 (free if you spend over £5 in the Mall)||1.6km||Just a 10 minute stroll from Old Trafford, the Salford Quays Lowry Mall is a popular parking option for away fans. Costing £4.50 for up to 3 hours, it’s relatively inexpensive and close to the ground. It also offers a quick get away with very little traffic congestion and good links with the M6/M62. If you spend £5 within the Mall, you can get your receipt validated which gets you 4 hours free parking.|
|Old Trafford Cricket Ground||M16 0PX||£10||1.1km||Parking at Old Trafford Cricket Ground isn’t the cheapest option but it is very conveniently situated near Manchester United’s stadium. However, if this is your preferred option, make sure you get there early. If you arrive late, then it makes the wait to leave even longer after the game has finished.|
|Great Stone Road (street parking)||M32 8GR||Free||1.6km||There are a number of street parking options on Great Stone Road, and it’s just a 10 minute walk from Old Trafford. It is also near to a few decent pubs and places to eat.|
|Altrincham Metro Link||WA14 1RF||£3.80 Adult, £1.50 Child||10.0km||If you’d rather park outside Manchester City Centre, then parking in Altrincham and taking the Metrolink to the ground could be a good option. There is parking available at the nearby Bricklayers Arms, and the journey will take you about 20 minutes.|
|Ladywell Halt Metro Link||M5 5AT||£2.70 Adult, 1.10 Child||4.3km||Another option is to park in Eccles, and get the Metrolink to either Pomona or Exchange Quays, which will take around 15 minutes. There is free secure parking available on Eccles New Road, and you are right on the doorstep of the “Drinking Capital” of Eccles Town Centre.|
The closest railway station to Old Trafford on matchdays is aptly named ‘Manchester United Football Ground Station’. This is served by Manchester Piccadilly railway station, and the exit is immediately outside the away fan entrance.
The alternative is to get a Metrolink from Manchester Piccadilly. Take the train towards Altrincham and get off at Old Trafford, which is situated right next to Lancashire County Cricket Club on Warwick Road. Continue on Warwick Road until you reach Sir Matt Busby Way, where you will find Old Trafford.
Fans who want to visit the Salford Quays area before the game might want to take the Metrolink towards Eccles instead, and get off at either Exchange Quay or Pomona. Although Pomona is closer to the stadium, the best bet when leaving the ground is to use the less busy Exchange Quay. From the Salford Quays area, the stadium is visible, and access is either via Trafford Road or over the foot bridge next to The Lowry Centre and Imperial War Museum.
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There are a number of away friendly pubs near Old Trafford, all of which cater to different needs. Please note, however, that some bars require club colours to be covered and some do not allow children.
However, rather than take our word for it, we want to give you the view from other away fans who have visited Old Trafford.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to Manchester United, and you’ll be able to find them here.
In the meantime, we’ve included a map below with all the best away pubs highlighted for you.
See what other away fans think of Manchester United’s Old Trafford in our ‘Away Day Reviews’.
If you’ve already been, then you can share your experience with us by writing your own review.
See how Manchester United perform in our away day rankings, where away fans rate the pie, pint, cuppa and away day overall.
Check out our photo gallery where you can view other away fans’ photos. You can also share your own experience by uploading your own!