On the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of the City centre a hub of business and entertainment is springing up from what was once an industrial docklands.
With business giants ITV and BBC amongst those making it their home amongst theatres, shops and restaurants Media City has bags to offer for businesses and families alike.
So here are our 10 reasons to lure you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and visit Salford Quays!
1. Catch a West End show on your doorstep!
Why head off to the big smoke of London when you have the Lowry on your doorstep. With everything from the Lion King, Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time, Wicked, Barnum, The Sound of Music and Shrek as well as a variety of children’s why face the hastle of long train journeys. Check them out to see What’s coming soon.
The Lowry also offers childrens dance, drama and art sessions and the lovely Lookout is open Sun – Fri 11am – 5pm; Sat 10am – 5pm. Overlooking the water and providing a place for children to draw, play and be inspired.
On Saturday there are themed sessions for 5 – 11 year olds from 11am – 12.30pm to stick, glue, paint and have fun. (FREE)
2. Splash some cash at the Lowry Outlet.
With Outlet stores such as Gap, M and S and Cadburys plus cinemas and plenty of places to eat definately a place to visit for some retail therapy. During school holidays the Lowry Outlet often has children’s activities and character meet and greets.
3. Discover Matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs at the Lowry Art Gallery from its very famous name sake.
4. Take a cruise down the docks.
Yes you heard right, a cruise down the docks. Take the captains hat as you sail down the Quays and take in the local sights of the BBC, ITV and Old Trafford while learning the fascinating docks history. Drinks and snacks available on board and we can vouch the staff are lovely!
5. Visit the home of legends at Old Trafford.
Across the border in Trafford but just a stones throw take a tour or catch a game.
6. Go back in time at the Imperial War Museum North.
Just across the bridge for The Lowry.
Timestack object handling sessions, tanks, planes and a huge amount of history from the wars. With big picture shows projected on the interior walls of the museums and family activities in the school holidays the Museum has something for everyone.
7. Reach dizzy heights at the peak of the Air Shard.
Dare you climb the AirShard – one of the most iconic features of the Manchester skyline?
Stand 100 feet in the air and experience spectacular views of MediaCityUK, The Quays and Manchester. Look down through the mesh gangway under your feet to spot the anti-aircraft searchlight pointing up at you from the ground below.
8. Be the star of the show as you go behind the scenes on a CBBC tour.
Check out the CBBC studios where some of your favourite shows are made.
Check dates as can book up very quickly.
Watch out also for free family events run by the BBC and meet your favourite stars.
9. Grab a bite to eat by the waters edge.
A huge selection of places to eat with something for everyones tastes.
With legendary flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken and a Nandinos menu especially for under 10s Nando’s is the perfect place to catch your breath and fill hungry tummies while enjoying everything The Quays have to offer.
10. Simply take a stroll by the waters edge and see if you can spot a celebrity at the new Corrie site.