Salford Quays – 6 Places For Locals To Enjoy

Previously the site of the Manchester Docks, Salford Quays was one of the first urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom. Since the 2000 opening of the Lowry theatre, Salford Quays has become a thriving part of Manchester and since turned into a haven for both businesses and residential properties.

If you’re contemplating a move to Salford Quays or its surrounding areas, then here’s six of the best places to explore that everyone can enjoy.

Helly Hansen Watersports Centre (M50 3SQ)

Salford Quays has a great history with watersports. Back in September 2010, the Great Salford Swim was launched before being rebranded as the Great Manchester Swim two years later. It has since become an annual event with more than 2,000 participants each year.

The Helly Hansen Watersports Centre is a state of the art centre for both children and adults to take part in a whole host of water activities including dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing. It offers something more than just swimming and with qualified staff, you’ll get all the essential training you’ll need.

The Lowry Theatre & Outlet Mall (M50 3AZ)

Opened in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Lowry plays host to two theatres, a drama studio, an art gallery and an outlet mall. The Lyric Theatre has the largest stage in the United Kingdom outside of the West End and was also the venue for the 2011 Royal Variety Performance.

If it’s shopping you’re looking for then the Outlet Mall (M50 3AH) is perfect for retail therapy. With over 80 shops including Gap, Marks and Spencer and Cadbury’s offering up to 70 percent off RRP. Meanwhile, the £3m Pier 8 bar and restaurant situated within The Lowry Theatre is a perfect treat after a long day of shopping, with the opportunity to look out onto views of Salford Quays and Media City.

MediaCityUK (M50 2HQ)

2007 saw the launch of MediaCityUK, a massive development aimed at regenerating the city and saw the move of media giants such as the BBC and ITV. With its booming selection of retail outlets and restaurants, it’s one of the best places to spend your time.

In the summer months, head towards the Piazza to soak up sunshine outside on the deck chairs whilst sipping on a fruit cider and watching one of the many events.. This summer, the Piazza will be screening the Rio 2016 Olympics making it the perfect place to cheer on Team GB.

If you’re looking for places to eat, then you can’t go wrong with the stylish and understated Damson (M50 2HF) where you can take advantage of their pre-show and à la carte menus.

BBC Studios (M50 2BH)

The BBC has been at MediaCityUK since 2011 and produces thousands of hours of broadcasts each year.

Take advantage of the studios being right on your very own doorstep and see one of many television and radio shows that film in Salford Quays. You can also take a guided tour of the BBC at MediaCityUK where you’ll be able to see some of the most interesting parts of the studio.

Love Conquers All (M50 2EQ)

Situated right in the middle of MediaCityUK is Love Conquers All, an independent coffee house with a twist.

Not only can you sip on their unique and organic blends of coffee, you can also get your hands on craft beers and cocktails which will go down a treat after a long working day. Every Tuesday, you can even drop-in to get your bike repaired and get a discount on a hot drink whilst you wait.

In the hustle and bustle of Salford Quays, it might just be the perfect place to unwind.

Imperial War Museum North (M17 1TZ)

Launched in July 2002, the Imperial War Museum North in Salford Quays is dedicated to the impact that modern conflicts have had on people and society. Permanent exhibitions include a Russian T-34 tank and a 13-pounder field gun. Temporary exhibitions aim to explore conflict even further.

Whilst there, make sure you save room for the WaterShard Café & Kitchen with views overlooking the Quays and food inspired by the North West.

Salford Quays has everything you want

Whether you enjoy shopping, eating out or exploring culture, Salford Quays has everything you could want and more.

If you’re looking at venturing a bit further afield, then be sure to check out our insight into the Rise of Ordsall as well as exploring the rest of Salford via this guide from LPC.

Posted on: June 28, 2016

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