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Salford Quays

Home to the BBC's flagship the area has been completely regenerated. Take a stroll over the Millennium footbridge for the perfect view of the Quay. You’ll find spectacular architecture and unique spots.

Nearby Attractions

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Lowry Centre
Opened in April 2000, The Lowry houses two main theatres and studio space for visual arts, offering a wide variety of performances and exhibitions.
Centenary Walkway
Starting near The Lowry and running along the water's edge, the path is marked with a number of stainless steel plates, providing personal and poetic reminiscences of the docks, installed in 1994 to commemorate the 100 years opening anniversary.
Manchester Ship Canal
Joining North West England to the Irish Sea, the Manchester Ship Canal is a historic waterway stretching over 35 miles.
MediaCityUK
A 200-acre mixed-use property development located at the southern bank of the ship canal. Home to the BBC, ITV and more than 250 smaller media and digital businesses.
LS Lowry
Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English artist who spent much of his life in Salford and whose work is strongly associated with the city. Most of his drawings and paintings represent Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years.
Old Trafford
Old Trafford is the world-famous home of the Manchester United Football Club.

Related Tours

Private Highlights Tour of Manchester in an English Taxi
During your Private Tour of Manchester in a Taxi you will learn the history of the city from its very beginnings up to the present day from the comfort of a classic English taxi. The beauty of this tour is that it can be as bespoke as you like; you can be taken to any sites of particular interest you would like to see. On your tour you will: 

  • Begin your tour at Castle Heritage Field you'll see the Roman fort from which it derived its name and which represents the first record of human settlement in Manchester.
  • Learn the history of Bridgewater Canal & Hall - The Bridgewater Canal connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh. It was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester
  • Hear how Exchange Square was created after the IRA 1996 Manchester bombing.
  • See Old Trafford, home to Manchester United football team
  • View the Munich Disaster Clock - a memorial at Old Trafford to all those Manchester United players who lost their life on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from the runway at Munich Airport. 
  • Enjoy The life and soul of the city can be found at Northern Quarter & Printworks a trendy neighbourhood which is buzzing with restaurants, cafés and some of the city's most popular music venues.
  • Visit BBC Plaza (often known as BBC Salford) home to the BBC and some of ITV’s studios, including the set of the famous Coronation Street.
  • Learn about Manchester Ship Canal a 36-mile-long inland waterway in linking Manchester to the Irish Sea.
Your tour begins at Castle Heritage Field where the first human settlement in Manchester was recorded. Manchester is famous for its star-studded musical heritage and is the birthplace of The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Smiths and Take That. The Hacienda played a bit part in Manchester's rich musical history when it became famous after its involvement in the Madchester movement of the 1980’s and 1990’s. You'll be driven through the trendy neighbourhood of the Northern Quarter which is buzzing with restaurants, cafés and some of Manchester's most popular music venues. The Printworks is Manchester's go to destination for food, drink, cinema and leisure, day or night and it's based right in the heart of the city centre. Passing by Exchange Square you'll hear that it was created after the IRA 1996 Manchester bombing. 

It's not just paper, textiles and cotton the city is famous for its role in computer science has grown over the years and it's the birthplace of Alan Turing, mathematician, computer scientist and codebreaker. See the effects of the industrial revolution and how and why The Bridgewater Canal connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh. 

Your Private Tour of Manchester in a Taxi is a bespoke experience and one which will take you on a journey through the city's rich industrial, musical and cultural heritage.
Private Walking Tour of Salford Quays
Salford Quays is an area of Salford in Greater Manchester, close to the end of the Manchester Ship Canal. Salford Quays was previously the site of Manchester Docks and following the closure of the dockyards in 1982 became became one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK.

Your Private Walking Tour of Salford Quays will be led by a local expert. Your tour starts at the Lowry Centre home to theatre, exhibitions and events a charity committed to using performing arts to enrich people's lives.

  • Visit BBC Plaza BBC Manchester (often known as BBC Salford) home to the BBC and some of ITV’s studios, including the set of Coronation Street.
  • Walk along Manchester Ship Canal a 36-mile-long inland waterway in  linking Manchester to the Irish Sea.
  • Hear about the history of Salford Quays, previously the site of Manchester Docks
  • Football fans will love viewing Old Trafford, home to Manchester United, visible from Salford Quays
  • A walk along Centenary Walkway will show you the 24 stainless steel plaques each one telling the history of Salford docks and the loss of life suffered by merchant seaman
Manchester, once an industrial powerhouse, is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial history. During your Private Walking Tour of Salford Quays, you'll learn that it was one of the first urban regeneration projects in the UK. The Quays was originally part of the Victorian expansion of the Manchester Ship Canal which opened at the end of the 19th-century to provide improved services for the bustling world trade centre that was Manchester or Cottonopolis as it was known at the time. There's plenty of history to learn at The Quays, now a bustling area home to the Lowry shopping mall complete with a cinema and shops, the Imperial War Museum, Old Trafford, home to Manchester United, cafés, bars, restaurants and the Lowry Arts Centre home to a large collection of Salford-born LS Lowry (1887 - 1976). The Centenary Walkway which you'll visit, starts near The Lowry is a poignant point of interest with 24 stainless steel plaques each one telling the history of Salford docks and details of some of the 16,000 men who dug the canal and the hardships they endured while doing so.They were installed in 1994 to commemorate the 100 years of the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal by Queen Victoria and are the work of poet Su Andi. The BBC's first Big Screen was erected in Manchester and has become a permanent feature of Exchange Square. ITV now also have their base in Salford Quays. The area of Salford was depicted in many paintings by Laurence Stephen Lowry an English artist famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th-century.

You'll hear stories of regeneration, hardship and celebration from your local expert who has lived and breathed the city making this Private Walking Tour of Salford Quays the best way to get to know the history of this bustling area.
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