People living in Salford will now have to pay to enter the National Football Museum as they impose a new £10 annual entry fee. 

The fee will be in place from January 14 and will exclude those living inside the City of Manchester.

The ticket will cost £10 and will give visitors valid entry for a year to view new events and exhibitions.

Adult tickets will cost £10, £5 for children up to the age of 15, and £25 for a family of two adults and two children.

The museum, which opened in 2012, is currently free to all visitors with voluntary donations welcome.

Their website states: “with this extra funding, the museum can become self-sustaining and fulfil its potential as a leading Manchester visitor attraction,

“Unlike many national museums across the UK, the National Football Museum receives no core funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), nor does it receive core funding from football bodies such as the Premier League or the Football Association.”

Postcodes which avoid the fee are: M1, M2, M3, M4, M8, M9, M11, M12, M13, M14, M15, M16, M18, M19, M20, M21, M22, M23, M40, M90

The money will go towards community programmes, volunteers prgorammes, and events and temportarary exhbitinons.

However the fee will still be imposed on Salford residents, the website also states: “the museum is primarily funded by Manchester City Council. As a result, the museum will remain free of charge to all those who reside within its boundaries.”

People took to Twitter:


Martin Hamer, Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism at The University of Salford said: “Obviously it’s a financial necessity that has brought about this demand for people to pay. What I find frustrating is that the National Football Museum is exactly what it says, its a national treasure and therefore it should be treated as a national institution.”

He added, “it is disappointing that it has come to this and that people in Salford which is only next door have been treated completely differently. I suppose the argument is because it’s a different council.”



One Comment

  1. Interesting that anyone can still go free in to the Manchester Art Gallery – but will have to pay to pay to study the history of out national game? Both organisations fully funded by Manchester City Council.

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