Manchester is known for its sporting attractions, so you'll find plenty to do whether you want to participate, be a spectator or dive deep into sporting history. This city is home to the National Football Museum for all of England as well as several thrilling and regularly used stadiums. Football is just the beginning of the offerings in Manchester, as you'll also find massive indoor ski slopes, a cycling complex and rugby stadiums. Golf is also quite popular in town, whether you want a proper game or a spot of mini-golf with the family. Check out all the best sporting attractions in Manchester.

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    Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

    Tour the famous stadium

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    The Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour is one of the best ways to learn about the team and what makes them one of the most successful clubs in the game. The tour is led by a guide with deep knowledge of the football club who will offer access to parts of the stadium that are usually off-limits. As a part of the tour, you'll also have access to the Old Trafford Museum, which houses numerous artefacts from Manchester United's history. You'll find the tour at the stadium in Old Trafford, just south of Central Bay.

    Location: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA, UK

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1618 688000

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    Treetop Adventure Golf

    Play a round of mini-golf

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    Treetop Adventure Golf is a fun-filled miniature golf course that features 2 distinct courses plus a bonus hole that offers fun for the whole family to enjoy. The first course is a tropical trail with themes of vibrant foliage, while the second course makes you feel like an ancient explorer as you pass by stonework ruins. If you're feeling particularly adept at putting, be sure to try the bonus 19th hole on the course of your choosing for a chance to win a free round. You'll find this golfing adventure across the street from the Arndale Shopping Centre.

    Location: The Printworks, Dantzic St, Manchester M4 2BS, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1618 329805

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    Emirates Old Trafford

    Visit a historic cricket ground

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    Emirates Old Trafford is a popular cricket ground that dates back more than a century where you can watch a thrilling game and occasionally see a live concert. It's the second-oldest Test venue in England, dating back to 1857. Quite a few changes were implemented since then, including a new pavilion for members. While you can see a cricket game when the sport is in season, the cricket ground has occasionally also hosted concerts, showcasing iconic artists like Radiohead and The Killers. You can see it all for yourself right across the street from Trafford Town Hall by Gorse Hill.

    Location: Talbot Rd, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PX, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1612 824000

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    Chill Factore

    Go skiing indoors

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    Chill Factore is a massive indoor ski slope that lets you ski and snowboard down a thrilling course no matter what time of year it is. This is one of the longest indoor ski slopes in all of the UK, and it utilises real snow to simulate that mountain feel as much as possible. Along the sides of the slope, you'll find 2 drag lifts, making it easy to reach the top to start your descent. You'll also find a beginner slope here by the large slope, along with a luge track and tubing areas. Give it a try in Dumplington, right next to the Trafford Golf Centre.

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    Location: 7 Trafford Way, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M41 7JA, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from noon to 8 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1617 492222

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    National Football Museum

    Explore England's football museum

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    The National Football Museum houses a massive amount of football memorabilia amongst multiple collections, showcasing around 2,500 items at a time out of their 142,500 in total. In the collection, you'll find both of the balls used in the first World Cup Final along with the shirt Maradona wore when he scored the controversial 'hand of God' goal. Temporary exhibitions are also common at this museum, and they typically change every few months. To see it all for yourself, you can head to this museum in the Urbis building, just south of the Manchester Victoria station.

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    Location: Urbis Building Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG, UK

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +44 (0)1616 058200

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    Manchester City Football Club Stadium & Club Tour

    Enjoy a premier league tour

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    • History

    The Manchester City Football Club Stadium & Club Tour is a comprehensive tour that not only showcases the city's football history but utilises high-end technology to do it. The standard tour will have you travelling through behind-the-scenes areas of the stadium with knowledgeable tour guides. As a part of the tour, you can also enjoy a new 360-degree cinema experience along with an audio-visual experience in the First Team changing room. Be sure to check out all the new offerings by visiting Etihad Stadium, located a few miles east of the city centre.

    Location: F.C Fans, Etihad Stadium, The Manchester City Football Club, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1614 441894

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    HSBC UK National Cycling Centre  

    Go cycling

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    The HSBC UK National Cycling Centre is one of the best destinations for cycling in town no matter what kind you're looking to enjoy, including track, BMX and mountain biking. This complex is primarily known for its Velodrome where you can watch or participate in track cycling. If you're looking for a more diverse experience, you can try out the BMX arena here with tracks and equipment for more extreme rides. You'll find mountain bike trails through Clayton Vale with varying skill levels and about 7.5 miles of trails in total. See it all for yourself just south of Philips Park in Clayton.

    Location: Stuart St, Manchester M11 4DQ, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1612 232244

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    Planet Ice Altrincham

    Enjoy a spot of ice skating

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    Planet Ice Altrincham is a public ice rink where you can go for a bit of ice skating or partake in something a bit more thrilling, like dancing and hockey. Since this skating rink is open to the public, you'll need to schedule a time to practice hockey or ice dancing. One of the best aspects of this rink is that it's family friendly. You can find designated sessions and courses designed for kids, including toddlers, so the rink is welcoming to beginners and experts of all ages. You'll find this rink a few miles southwest of Manchester by the Altrincham station.

    Location: Oakfield Rd, Altrincham WA15 8EW, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1619 268782

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    Challenge 4 Change

    Conquer an obstacle course

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    Challenge 4 Change is an indoor activity centre known for challenging obstacles like a traversing beam, climbing wall, Jacob's ladder, a leap of faith and a 10.5-metre-high aerial trek. Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy conquering the different challenges found here. The centre is a registered charity that functions to benefit children and the community. This focus is reflected in their activity offerings, as they offer instructors and speciality equipment for children over the age of 10 with learning or physical disabilities. Check it out on the east side of Trafford Park by Old Trafford.

    Location: 373 Trafford Park Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1AN, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)3001 231401

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    AJ Bell Stadium

    Catch a rugby game

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    AJ Bell Stadium is a world-class rugby stadium and home to the Salford Red Devils of the Rugby League and the Sale Sharks of the Rugby Union. The stadium can hold up to 12,000 spectators and nearly reached that limit with a record 11,247 attendees in 2014. When you visit, you'll find numerous community resources, including 2 outdoor sports pitches and a gym. Stop by the club shop as well, as it's shared by both the Red Devils and the Sharks. You'll find this stadium on the west side of town past M60, up the road from Trafford Retail Park.

    Location: 1 Stadium Way, Barton upon Irwell, Eccles, Manchester M30 7EY, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1617 861570

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