Salford, in the heart of the North West, is a good choice for people who want to visit a vibrant city but are looking for something a little different than the usual well known destinations. Whether you want to go for a delicious meal in a great restaurant, take in some culture and history or head out on the town for some dancing and cocktails, Salford will not disappoint.
Traditionally overshadowed by nearby Manchester, Salford has transformed its reputation in the past few years with various exciting regeneration projects, and is now a vibrant and magnetic destination in its own right, with a tempting mixture of history, culture, sport and heritage.
Salford Quays, one of the biggest regeneration projects in the UK, has helped to revitalise the city. This is the home of MediaCityUK, where you can take a tour of the BBC studios and see where many of your favourite TV shows are filmed, the unique architecture and fascinating exhibits of the Imperial War Museum North, and the Lowry, which plays host to gallery space, bars, restaurants, shops and theatre productions. Here you can view many works by renowned local painter LS Lowry.
Salford Quays is also a hotbed of sporting events: every year it is the scene of an International Triathlon Union World Cup event, and the Great Manchester Swim sees people take part in an urban swimming experience every year to raise money for good causes. Not only is there plenty to do around the Salford Quays area, it’s also a great place to simply go for a bracing walk and take in the views.
Salford contains many beautiful listed buildings including Salford Cathedral, and there are three Scheduled Ancient Monuments which are sure to interest any history buffs visiting the city.