Welcome to the fifth part of our free Manchester tour, where we visit Salford Quays. The area is situated near the end of the Manchester Ship Canal, and was once the site of Manchester Docks.
Free virtual tour of Salford Quays
When the dockyards closed in 1982, the area became the subject of one of the first and biggest urban regeneration projects in the UK. Today, it’s home to one of Manchester’s biggest digital hubs MediaCityUK, and attracts around 4.3 million visitors every year. The unique waterfront location is just around 15 minutes from Manchester city centre, and provides an alternative place to escape to away from the hustle and bustle from the centre. Salford Quays isn’t quite on the same size scale as the busy city centre, but manages to pack into it just about everything you need for a good day out with the family. From shopping and eating to sports, art and drama facilities, Salford Quays also managed to make space for residential properties and office buildings. It’s a place worth visiting, where there’s something for everybody, and everyone can appreciate the areas stunning architecture and history behind it.
Things to do in Salford Quays
Salford Quays is unlike anywhere else in Manchester, and has an abundance of activities to keep you entertained throughout your visit. Lets take a look at some of our favourite things to do at Salford Quays…
MediaCity is the heart of creativity in Salford. The 200-acre site is home to a whole host of exciting businesses such as ITV Granada Studios and BBC including CBBC, Cbeebies, BBC Radio 5 Live and many more. There’s a chance to tour the BBC studios, taking a sneak peek into their offices and studios, and the opportunity to be in the audience of many different MediaCity filmings such as Jeremy Kyle and Countdown.
Complete with a cinema and a selection of bars & restaurants, the Lowry Outlet Mall is Salford Quays’ impressive shopping and leisure complex, with a range of designer brands and high street shops. You can shop, eat and drink till your hearts content at the Lowrt – with something for everyone!
For something a little different on your trip to Salford Quays, why not check out the Imperial War Museum? Explore the history of war and conflict, and the effect on peoples’ lives, with intriguing displays and exhibitions whilst also appreciating the incredible architecture of the building itself.
A trip to Salford Quays can be made even better by appreciating its stunning waterfront location, and what better way to do that than by arriving by ferry? Mersey ferries offer their world famous cruises along the River Mersy from Liverpool, and eventually docking in Salford Quays. There’s a chance to explore a wealth of Northern heritage along the way and the opportunity of a stop over at the Quays when you arrive.
Salford Docks was one of two sections making up the Manchester Docks, built by the Manchester Ship Canal Company and opened in 1894. It was the busiest port in Britain, but closed in 1982 – resulting in the build of Salford Quays.
The modifications of Salford Quays included an internal waterway network, roads and bridges, a promenade, moorings, watersports facilities, a railway swing bridge and many more from 1986 onwards.
Salford Quays provides a fifth of Salford’s overall contribution to the economy.
There’s over 749 businesses within the area, employing 25,761 people.
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