Salford, Greater Manchester
Although the county lines between Salford and neighbouring Manchester are often blurred, it is a town in its own right with a strong identify all of its own. Famous for iconic band The Smiths, artist LS Lowry and comedian Jason Manford, it’s long been a cultural hub and hive of creative activity.
Activities and attractions in the area include the Museum of Science and Industry (or MOSI, for short), the National Football Museum and Salford City Stadium, home to rugby league team Salford Red Devils and rugby union club Sale Sharks. Sports fans can take a tour of Old Trafford, home to world-famous football team Manchester United.
Salford was once a major factory town and port, thanks to its close proximity to the Manchester Ship Canal. Remnants of this industrial activity can still be seen today – and much of the canal and once functional commercial areas have been redeveloped and regenerated. In 2012 the BBC moved multiple operations and departments to Mediacity UK at Salford Quays – which was once one of Manchester’s key ports. Now it is home to various creative, communications and media companies, as well as the Imperial War Museum North, The Lowry Theatre and Lowry Outlet Mall. Other shopping locations include the nearby Trafford Centre and Salford Shopping Centre. Entertainment complexes including cinemas and leisure centres can all be found around the town. For an escape from the urban landscape take a stroll on the River Irwell.
Transport links are understandably excellent – thanks to the Metrolink tram and railway network and easy access to the M60 motorway, which connects Salford with the rest of the UK. Manchester Airport is also nearby, around 40 minutes’ drive from the centre.