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Old Trafford Cricket Ground is one of England’s most beloved cricket grounds in the heart of Manchester, where it has been the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1864. With a much-celebrated history, and a reputation as being the host of countless fantastic cricket matches, Old Trafford is a pilgrimage site for all cricket fans. With easy access to a wide variety of CrossCountry routes, it’s an easy journey to make!

Getting to Old Trafford Cricket Ground by Train

Whether you’re making your way to Old Trafford Cricket Ground for a county or national match, you can reach it easily by taking one of many direct CrossCountry routes. You can get from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Old Trafford Cricket Ground in around 35 minutes using regular public transport services, or in just 12 minutes by cab.

Manchester Piccadilly is on a range of CrossCountry routes spanning the UK. Popular routes include Bristol to ManchesterCardiff to ManchesterSouthampton to Manchester, and Reading to Manchester.

About the Old Trafford Cricket Ground

Old Trafford Cricket Ground has an historic reputation, yet an undeniably modern feel. Since 2003, the ground has undergone a major redevelopment to facilitate more uses and to update the stadium. One major change was rotating the wickets to a North-South alignment. Previously, the East-West alignment of the wickets had caused disruption at sunset as the low sun would affect the batsmen. This small, but significant, change has made cricketers’ lives easier when playing at Old Trafford.

Another redevelopment update that has not proved as unanimously popular is the construction of the incredibly modern event space next to the Pavilion – The Point. This bright red showcase of modern architecture saw a distinct move away from traditional architecture that is heavily associated with English cricket. Although some traditionalists may not be fans, it is an incredible space to accommodate dinners, conferences, exhibitions, and to offer an unrivalled view of the cricket pitch.

Old Trafford is the only cricket ground in England that has seen a test match abandoned without a single ball being bowled, and this has happened twice! Despite the sometimes-terrible weather, Old Trafford is primarily known for being a cricket ground with an unbeatable atmosphere, historic significance relating to the game, and for hosting some of the best cricket the world has seen.

Things to Do at Old Trafford Cricket Ground

Following the redevelopment since 2003, there is now a wide range of ways to spend your day at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground – whether you’re a cricket lover or not.

Old Trafford has become an unparalleled venue for conferences, corporate away-days, exhibitions, weddings, awards, and much more. With exceedingly modern spaces set in the heart of a most historic venue, and with a dedicated team to make your day special, Old Trafford Cricket Ground is the perfect place to host special events for your friends, family, company, and more.

Not only has Old Trafford hosted excellent cricket over the years - it has also been the site of concerts from some of the world’s greatest musicians. Bands like R.E.M, Bon Jovi, and Manchester’s own Oasis, as well as artists like Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and Bruce Springsteen have played to crowds of thousands at Old Trafford. It’s always worth keeping your eye out for very special concerts at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Finally, you could spend your day at Old Trafford Cricket Ground witnessing some world-beating cricket. Old Trafford has been the site of countless test matches packed with tension, excitement, and celebration. It has hosted numerous county matches for Lancashire County Cricket Club, as well as One Day Internationals and T20s. Whatever kind of game you fancy, and whomever you support, Old Trafford is a must-see cricket ground for cricket lovers.

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