An international hub for technology and creativity, this unique waterfront destination offers a wealth of entertainment, leisure and cultural facilities. Media City is easily accessible from the City Centre via a short 20-minute tram ride.
With the lockdown rules easing after 17th May and bringing a new level of freedom for businesses to safely re-open, here are some of the key highlights of the area.
Photo by Box on the Docks
Box on the Docks
Officially re-opening for Summer on May 17th after a revamp by local artists, Box on the Docks is a unique outdoor drinks and dining experience. This quirky picnic area isn’t hard to spot with brightly decorated greenhouses scattered across the grass and available for private dining. Adding to the great summer vibe, the area also features an array of painted decking, benches, murals and even a flower wall - it truly is a must-see spectacle.
As well as looking the part, the venue benefits from having both Seven Brothers brewhouse and plant-based Vertigo as food and drink providers. Also launching will be their very own Dock’s Bar and Grill which will be serving the best pop-up foods from Salford and Manchester. So, get yourself down there!
Photos by The Botanist and Alchemist UK
With the return of indoor dining on May 17th, we can say hello to the floral, shabby chic interior of The Botanist who boast an extensive cocktail menu served with a creative flare! This venue also offers a varied food menu with plenty of tasty options, including ‘small plate’ dining.
Also opening for indoor dining with their famous molecular mixology, is The Alchemist. This lively chain offers a spectacular drinking and dining experience. The large windows mean that you can enjoy the panoramic views of the water without the, shall we say ‘worrying’, alfresco experience that we have all had some fun with this past month.
Photo by MediaCityUK
Quayside Makers Market
The Makers Market will be returning soon, bringing together a selection of exceptional local businesses offering the finest food, drink, arts and crafts. Coming to the Quays during the last weekend of May [29th – 31st], you will be able to explore the stalls, try some samples and enjoy the market atmosphere.
If you can’t make that weekend, do not worry! The market will return on 26th – 27th June and 31st July - 1st August and more locations will also be available – check out the events calendar on their website [linked above] for more details.
Photos by The Lowry
The Lowry is a combination of performance and visual arts where you will find theatres as well as galleries. After the big re-opening on May 17th, there are lots of exciting upcoming events in this quayside cultural hub. Running on Saturdays and Sundays will be the ‘LS Lowry’ and ‘Days Like These’ gallery exhibitions, with ‘Days Like These’ reflecting on stories of Salford in 2020. To read more about what is on at The Lowry, please see their official website linked above.
Photo by Andersen Press
Luna Loves Art – Family Art Trail
For those looking for a fun day out, The Luna Loves Art trail is running from 12th April – 6th June. This free art trail named after the best-selling picture book, features six illustrations by Fiona Lumbers and gives you an excuse to venture out spotting the installations on your travels. You can pick up a map from The Open Centre or Quayside MediaCityUK Customer Services.
For our You Are Home guests staying with us in The Green Rooms, all of these places and activities are within walking distance, so be sure to make the most of your stay and see the local sites! And if you’re staying in one of our city centre locations, hop on the tram and in 20 minutes you can be in the middle of Media City for a fun excursion.
Any advice or queries you have about the Salford Quays area, or Manchester in general, feel free to get in touch with the team - they are Manchester locals and are always willing provide recommendations and to have a chat about where is best to go.
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