2m from City Centre
4m from Train Station
9m from Airport
Old Trafford Lodge
Get To Know Old Trafford
Old Trafford is an area of Stretford in Trafford borough of Manchester, 2.3 miles south west from Manchester city centre.
The crossroad sites of two old toll gates roughly delineate the borders of the area Brooks Bar to the east and Trafford Bar to the west. Old Trafford was a crossing point over the River Irwell in ancient times and name Old Trafford probably derives from from the time when there were two Trafford Halls, Old Trafford Hall and New Trafford Hall. The old hall was situated close to what is now the White City Retail Park, and was said to have been the home of the de Trafford family since 1017, until the family moved to the new hall in what is now Trafford Park, some time between 1672 and 1720. The name of the area around Old Trafford Hall may subsequently have become shortened to Old Trafford. The old hall was demolished in 1939.
In the 1820s, Manchester scientist John Dalton chose Old Trafford as the site for a Royal Horticultural and Botanical Gardens because of its clean, unpolluted air, and so began the area’s association with sports and recreation.
Of course, Old Trafford is most famous for being the home to two major sporting venues, Manchester United Old Trafford football stadium and Lancashire County Cricket Club and ground.
Old Trafford is easily accessible by car, bus, cycle, and Metrolink. By car Old Trafford is just 2.3 miles from the city centre and a 10 minute drive away from junction 7 on the M60 motorway and take the Chester Road (A56) through Stretford and into Old Trafford..
Manchester Airport is approximately 15 minites from Old Trafford, by car join the M56 motorway at the Airport exit (junction 5).
Bus services operate between Manchester and Sale/Altrincham. Old Trafford has it own station and is on the Manchester-Altrincham line.
Ian Curtis of Manchester band, Joy Division , TV and radio broadcaster, Terry Christian and LS Lowry were all born in Old Trafford.