With claims to being the birthplace of the game of association football, both the union and league codes of rugby, cricket and rowing regattas, sporting heritage abounds. Go on stadium tours and visit sports museums dedicated to the willow bat and cherry-red ball of cricket, a place for visitors to ogle an old-fashioned hand-stitched leather football or find out just why a chap from Rugby school thought it a good idea to pick up the football and run off down the pitch with it. And then there's real tennis, the precursor to lawn tennis, a game played on an elongated grass tennis court with walls at either end, to put the quirk into any sporting quest for the curious.
Explore the world's largest football collection, learn about the history and culture of England's national sport and take part in other footy-related indoor activities at Manchester's National Football Museum.
Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester
Experience the history and drama of the nation’s favourite sport on a Manchester United Museum and Stadium tour, and at the National Football Museum.
Location: Trafford, Greater Manchester