In recent years, Salford has undergone a massive regeneration programme that has reinvigorated the city. There is now a notable sense of vibrancy to the area, with residents being spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing how to spend their free time. So much so, we have been able to put together a list of nine things you can enjoy in Salford that are totally free. If you’re considering visiting or even moving to Salford and are looking for fun things to do, we advise you keep reading…
Salford’s rebirth is encapsulated perfectly by the transformation of the city’s waterfront. The former docklands are now adorned with futuristic architecture that provides a picturesque backdrop for a waterside stroll. The flurry of development in the area was kick-started by the arrival of the BBC’s MediaCityUK. MediaCityUK’s visitor centre is well worth a visit and is surrounded by trendy restaurants and bars you can pop into afterwards. The Quays also boast the next two free attractions featured on our list, The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North.
The Lowry Theatre and Art Gallery
Sat proudly on the waterfront, The Lowry is an art and entertainment complex that houses an array of ever changing exhibitions, and over 400 works by its namesake, LS Lowry. Lowry’s depictions of working class, industrial Manchester are widely regarded as modern masterpieces. Why not pop down and take in the work of one of Salford’s famous sons? Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.
Imperial War Museum North
The IWM is a thought-provoking museum dedicated to the ‘experience and memories of men, women and children, focusing on how war shapes lives, today and tomorrow’. Architect Daniel Libeskind’s stunning fragmented design represents a globe being shattered. The building itself is as compelling as the museum’s content and should be considered a must see for visitors of all ages.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery
This stunning building started life in 1850 as the Royal Museum and Public Library – the first unconditionally free library in Britain. The Salford Museum and Art Gallery, as it is now known, stays true to the building’s long held tradition of culturally enriching the public, completely free of charge.
In terms of art, visitors can enjoy the Victorian Gallery, the Pilkington Gallery and By Hand: the shop in which you can purchase affordable art crafted by local artists. Meanwhile, the museum allows visitors to step back in time to Lark Hill Place, an honest recreation of a typical northern street in the Victorian era.
Salford Lad’s Club
Greater Manchester is an area synonymous with music. The Smiths, one of Manchester’s most celebrated bands, chose Salford Lad’s Club as the inside cover for their seminal 1986 album The Queen Is Dead. Ever since, thousands of Morrissey fans have visited the club to recreate the famous picture. Salford Lad’s Club has embraced the trend and even opened The Smiths room in 2004, which is adorned with band memorabilia. An itinerary essential for any music fan.
Complete the Chapel Street Heritage Tour
The street that was Britain’s first to be gas-lit is very much Salford’s historic heart. It is now an up and coming alternative high street that is heaped in history wherever you look. Visit Salford has created an amazing walking history guide that can either be downloaded or picked up from The Lowry’s tourist information desk. The walk delves into fascinating facts about Chapel Street’s connections with Marxism, Vimto, Lowry and Queen Victoria. Overall the guide takes around an hour and a half and is as interesting as it is educational.
The King’s Arms Comedy Night
Just off Chapel Street you can find The King’s Arms. This pub is a real backstreet gem with an abundance of character – quirky to say the least. The beautiful redbrick establishment is owned by The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton, has a theatre upstairs and was featured in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat.
Once a fortnight it hosts a free comedy night in which a mixture of new and experienced comedians take to the stage. Why not pop along? Attending is a great excuse to visit a real Salford institution and have a laugh whilst enjoying their impressive selection of great guest ales.
Enjoy Salford’s Green Spaces
As well as being the home of Peel Park, the oldest park in Britain, Salford has other hidden gems you need to explore. The rolling woodlands and lakes of both Clifton and Blackleach Country Parks offer a relaxed retreat from the city, right on Salford’s doorstep.
Visit Ordsall Hall
Ordsall Hall is a spectacular Grade I listed building, hidden away in the heart of Salford. In recent years, it has enjoyed a £6.5 million renovation to restore it to its former glory. Visitors can learn about the Tudors, admire the largest timber-framed hall in the North West and take a turn around the idyllic gardens. If you’re feeling brave you can even hunt for the ghost of Queen Elizabeth I’s Maid of Honour, Margaret Radclyffe, who is rumoured to walk the halls late at night.
Find out more about life in Salford
As you can see, Salford has a lot to offer anyone looking for fun free things to do. If you’re keen to live at the heart of the action in Greater Manchester, Salford has developed into an excellent place to live. Discover even more of what local life in Salford is like and start your property search today.
Posted on: July 12, 2016