The Lowry is a brand new arts complex with galleries, a huge theatre and eateries. the visual look of the building is stunning as well. Unfortunately the day i saw it, the sky was gun metal gray and the building more or less faded into it. It truly is an amazing building. It houses the L. S. Lowry collection. Lowry was a local Manchester area artist during the first half of the 20th century and is known for his gritty and realistic portrayals of everyday Northern life and landscapes.
There are other exhibitions as well in adjoining galleries. the theatre is beautiful as well and puts on a wide variety of performances. The day we were there, there was a matinee 'Of Mice and Men' for a theatre full of students.
Nearby is a huge shopping center and across the quay is the National War Musuem North branch so more to see there once you've done the galleries or seen a performance. Probably the easiest way to get there is the Tram getting off at the Harbour city stop and walking across a footbridge, past the multi storey car park. There are also busses. See the website for more directions
If you head to the Lowry Centre you'll have the opportunity to see this area of the city. Even if you don't want to visit the Lowry, still go to Salford Quays. It's a lovely waterfront area where you can go shopping at the Designer Outlet, participate in watersports, feed the swans or just stroll alongside the water. It was interesting for a Canadian to read the names of places here, Ontario Basin and Winnipeg Quay to name two.
Opening up in July across from the Lowry will be Imperial War Museum North. If it's anything like London's then it would be well worth a visit.
The Lowry designed by my favourite architect Frank O'Gehry is a museum of contemporary art exhibits. You don't even need to know that, but by just seeing its fish-scale like structure walls, you know the man behind it! This place reminds me of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, with it being sited by Manchester's waterways on Salford Quays and the bridge across the canal which takes u to the entrance of the building. Again, this is another fine example of Manchester's fine modern architecture. This spectacular building for the 21st century is unlike anything you have seen before and is a five stars by me! The following website gives you a panaromic view of the Lowry. http://www.manchester.com/java/guidebook/museums/lowry/lowrypanoramic.html
SALFORD QUAYS and THE LOWRY present some interesting object of contemporary architecture. The Lowry houses two theatres and numerous galleries. How to go there: from the city center take a metrolink (Eccles direction).
Nice sightseeing, a mall and that's all. Maybe the best memory was that you can catch a boat from there and go to Liverpool as they did in the XIX century...