The World Cup alternative edit: 6 UK destinations for footie fans to visit instead of going to the World Cup

So you didn’t get tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup? No worries! There’s still so many awesome places you can visit in the UK to celebrate your love of the greatest sport ever. From running out of the tunnel at Wembley Stadium to staying at the epic Hotel Football in Manchester (created by ex-players, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs), here’s six amazing ideas to add to your list…

1. Wembley Stadium, London

  • As part of our 2 for 1 London offers, you can save on the ultimate footie fan day out with the Wembley Stadium Football Tour. Follow in the footsteps of football legends and explore the Dressing Rooms, Press Room, Players’ Tunnel, Pitchside and Royal Box, where you’ll have your photograph taken with a replica of the world-famous FA Cup.

2. Scottish National Football Museum, Glasgow

  • From sitting in the original dressing room in the old Hampden, to marvelling at the world’s oldest national trophy, a visit to the Scottish Football Museum is the ultimate way to explore the history of football in Scotland. There are thousands of objects on display – you can even watch film footage of the best players and most memorable games over the years.

3. National Football Museum, Manchester

  • How does exploring four floors of legendary football memorabilia sound? Hop on the coach to Manchester and pay a visit to the National Football Museum, the proud home of the FIFA collection, the Football League collection, the FA collection and much more. If you’ve got the little ones with you, keep them entertained with interactive attractions like; being a commentator and taking part in a penalty shootout, just some of the museum’s Football Plus+ attractions.

4. Hotel Football, Manchester

  • If you’re Man U mad and looking for the perfect hotel to satisfy your love for the beautiful game, Hotel Football is the one for you. Located right by Old Trafford, it is the creation of former players, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. The hotel boasts Stadium View rooms, Squad rooms (ideal for the whole family or groups of mates) and super nostalgic Class of 92 rooms (themed for Man U fans). All of these come fully equipped with Sky Sports and BT Sports…would you expect anything less?

5. Football in the River, Bourton-on-theWater

  • Where: River Windrush, Bourton-on-the-Water

    When: Monday 27 August

    See football like never before this summer bank holiday with the annual Football in the River match in Bourton-on-the-Water. The sporting action will take place at the usually calm River Windrush, where two six-a-side teams will brave the knee deep chilly waters in a battle for victory.

6. Watch the World Cup in style, Shoreditch

  • Wondering where to watch the World Cup? You’re spoilt for choice with places all over the UK and we’d recommend stopping by some of the hip pubs and bars in Shoreditch. Whether you want to play ping pong during half time at Bounce, or watch the action on a huge cinema screen while enjoying mouthwatering pub grub at The Water Poet, this corner of East London guarantees good times and an unbeatable atmosphere.

  • Football fans – there’s only one thing left to ask. Which destination will you visit first? When it comes to the footie itself, we’ll get you direct to all of the UK’s biggest events.

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