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  • Media City, Salford
    Media City, Salford
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  • Meeting Mr Lowry!
    Meeting Mr Lowry!
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  • Dawn at The Lowry Bridge
    Dawn at The Lowry Bridge
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Salford Things to Do

  • Lowry Bridge

    Lowry Bridge is also known as Salford Quays Millennium. It was designed by Carlos Fernandez Casado who is known for his structual enigma and was built in 2000 and spans across the Manchseter Ship Canal from Trafford Wharf to Salford Quays.

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  • The Quays

    The Quays were formerly Salford Docks (part of the Manchester Docks) that were opened by Queen Victoria in 1894. The docks were one of the busiest in Britain until the decline in the 1970s which led to the closure in 1982.Since 1982 the docks were invested and regnerated intensively by the Salford City Council, the government and private...

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  • MediaCityUk

    MediaCity UK is situated at Salford Quays and owned by The Peel Group. MediaCityUk houses studios including BBC North and soon ITV will be joining them. The complex has a media centre and has a number of office complexes. Media City looks over the Manchester Ship Canal and across The Lowry and The Imperial Wharf North. An open centre is offered for...

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  • Imperial War Museum North

    The purpose of my visit to the Imperial War Museum North was to visit the viewing platform for views across the Quays, Manchester and beyond! There is a charge of 1.20 gbp to go up to the viewing platform where you're awarded with views of the surrounding landscapes including Manchester United Football Ground! There are information decks telling...

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  • The Lowry Art & Entertainment

    The Lowry opened as an art and entertainment complex in April 2000 and situated on the waterfront of The Manchester Ship Canal. The complex has two theatres, studio space, galleries featuring a lot of LS Lowry works and other contemporary exhibitions. It's situated in Salford Quays and the centre was part of the regenerated docklands. I made two...

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  • Imperial War Museum North

    This a very moving thought-provoking museum experience. Daniel Libeskind's amazingly designed structure is dedicated to the "experiences and memories of men, women and children, focusing on how war shapes lives yesterday, today and tomorrow".Admission is free (donations are always welcomed) but you do need to get an admission ticket from the...

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  • Salford Quays

    This was a pleasant and enjoyable place to visit - it connected museums with shops and with restaurants. I found the atmosphere fresh and quiet, there were not so many people around when visited.

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  • The Lowry Art and Entertainment

    Although we visited just to see the work of LS Lowry; the centre boasts a really good range of cultural and entertainment venues. It is well worth visiting.

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  • Ordsall Hall

    A restored Tudor house in Salford, half timber beamed with a Great Hall and several other rooms with original furniture and decoration. Reputedly haunted! Various parts of the house date from the 12th century to Victorian kitchens. Small gallery upstairs featuring local artists. Lots of educational programs for kids. Small gift shop. Free...

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  • The Lowry

    A gallery, restaurant and theatre under one spectacular roof. Named for famous early 20th century artist, LS Lowry who painted the working people of Salford in the streets and factories. There are two performance theatres in the complex as well and a cafe and restaurant.

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  • Salford Quays

    The Quays were once canals that linked waterways for industry shipping. The Manchester Ship Canal is still part of the complex of waterways here. In the last 10 - 15 years it has been all redeveloped to an upscale waterfront area with shopping, accomodation, galleries, museum, theatre and restaurants as well as posh flats on the waterfront quays....

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  • Imperial War Museum North

    A northern branch of the national war museum, across the quays from the Lowry center in the Salford Quays district. Multi media displays show the history of Britain's involvement in military actions over the past 100 years or so with a focus on Manchester and area battalions. Artillery, uniforms, photos, documents, film and video. Mobility...

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  • Jewish Museum

    Tells all about the history of the Jewish people in the Manchester area. The building used to be a Spanish synogogue and the synogogue part has been restored and is quite nice. Photos, documents, recorded stories and memories.

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  • Just the ticket

    Once you've got your free admission ticket you can make your way upstairs to the main exhibition space - the first thing that greets you is a harrier jump-jet - one of five large objects on display.

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  • The Lowry

    Nov 2001 Visit the new art gallery and theatre complex, called The Lowry after Salford's famous artist. It is one of the magnificent new art galleries opened during Millennium year. It should enter for 2001's Sterling prize for new architecture. It was opened by the Queen in October 2000It contains a huge collection of Lowry drawings and...

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  • The Big Picture

    Now amongst all these interactive exhibits there is the "Big Picture" experience.What happens here is that the main exhibition hall is suddenly darkened and transformed into a giant audio-visual screen presentation. This happens each hour and there are three different shows.:-Children and War at 1030,1.30 and 4.30Why War? at 11.30, 2.30 and...

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  • Exhibition Hall

    I expected the museum to be a series of rooms with exhibits but not so. The space is mainly one large room split into segments but easy to move between and is quite novel. There is a time line going around the perimeter of the gallery walls following the conflicts of the 20th century from 1900 to present day.Then there are 6 Silos (exhibition...

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  • Lowry Exhibits.

    There are lots of events going on - just check out the website for uptodate information and lots more about access and opening times.Even outside of the galleries there are interesting objects on display - like this old print machine.

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    by gordonilla Written Jan 23, 2011

    After a hard day of sightseeing - visiting football grounds, galleries and the like - we decided to have an Italian break. It was a good choice, and although part of a chain across the UK, the food was good, the atmosphere excellent and the staff knew what they were doing.

    Favorite Dish: of course, anything pasta!

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Salford Transportation

  • Getting there

    There are good road links to the Salford Quays and they are well signposted.Take the M60 Manchester ringroad, then the M602 exiting at junction 3 and follow the signs for the short distance to the quays. Plenty of carparking in the designer outlet car park. The first hour is free, £1 for two hours and then £3 for up to 4 hours. However if you spend...

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  • Canal Craft

    Very few canal craft are seen within the dock complex these days ...but this is the canal dredger which caused the Lowry Bridge to be raised so many times during our visit.

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Salford Shopping

  • Famous Brands Discount Shopping

    Lowry Outlet Mall is a discounted famous brand discount shopping centre in the Salford Quays. The Mall has a number of popular designer/high street stires such as Marks & Spencers, GAP, Nike Factory, Molton Brown, Whittards of Chelsea and so forth and all the stores sell discounted goods. I enjoyed visiting the Cadbury Factory shop where I could...

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  • A Salford Mall

    We had an enjoyable time looking around the shops and the outlets. There are a wide range of clothing stores and places to eat and drink - there is also a gym and a cinema.

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  • Trafford Center

    Large shopping mall just outside of Salford in Trafford. It has everything you could ask for under one roof. Department stores, services, food, entertainment. Very good transportation links and lots of free parking. Design is really nice, with marble fountains and murals painted on the ceilings and around the bases of the domes.

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Salford Warnings and Dangers

  • Car parking for The Lowry

    I was visiting the Lowry Theatre for the first time and followed the car park signs to the Lowry Outlet Mill car parks. Evening parking for the theatre was £7.50. If you spent money in one of the shops you got 4 hours free parking ( a fith hour would cost £1.50).The shops shut at 19:00 the theatre starts at about 20:00.Make sure you are there early...

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  • Bridge Alert!!

    When the bridge is about to be raised a warning alarm is sounded and the barrier gates with flashing red lights come down - so make sure you get off the bridge! It wouldn't do to be stuck up high on the bridge as it raises vertically - especially on a cold day too!

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Salford Off The Beaten Path

  • Designer Residences

    The quayside has some plush apartments right by the Lowry Bridge - would love to see inside them :-)They are managed by JJT Residential Services and if you think you can afford one in such a prime location then here's their web address:-www.jjtresidential.co.uk

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  • Detroit Bridge

    Detroit Bridge from Huron Basin. This was formerly a railway bridge that linked Trafford Park to the docks. It was relocated here in 1988.

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  • Canal Reflections

    Just strolling around the quays, taking the opportunity of capturing some reflections - not so sure I should have taken this one though - the pic shows the Anchorage buildings which incorporate the Bupa private hospital and I work for the NHS!

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Salford Favorites

  • Before Redevelopment

    The construction of the Manchester Ship Canal between 1887 and 1893 was a triumph of civil engineering. Designed by Edward Leader Williams the Canal measures 351/2 miles from Eastham on the River Mersey to Woden Street Footbridge beyond Pomona Docks. Although partly tidal it uses the waters of the Rivers Mersey and Irwell and ships are raised 60 ft...

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  • Walking across the bridge

    Walking across the bridge - which we did several times - you can really feel its springiness. Its quite a weird sensation!

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  • Lowry Design

    The Lowry museum won best design for 2001 so even if museums are not your thing you can admire its architectural shapes.

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