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Salford, Greater Manchester

Creative Tourist

Cross over the River Irwell, and you’ll find yourself in another city entirely – Salford. You’ll barely feel the transition, though; despite locals who are fierce about the fact that Salford is a city in its own right, it’s only separated from Manchester by the width of the river, distance-wise. Which is not to say that you won’t see differences between the two.

Gritty urban realism has been this city’s stock in trade since L.S. Lowry painted his very first matchstick man. Some will have read about it in Love on the Dole. Some will have seen it depicted in kitchen sink dramas or Corrie. And others will forever associate the city with John Cooper Clarke rasping his way through ‘Evidently Chickentown’, or the dystopian anthems of Joy Division.

Now, however, Salford has an up-and-coming feel; the Chapel Street area of the city, the focus of an ongoing regeneration project, is home to a creative community including Hot Bed Press and over 100 artists and 50 innovative businesses at Islington Mill. If you’re visiting around May, look out for the highlight of Salford’s strong music scene, Sounds from the Other City festival, which brings an incendiary mix of live bands, literary readings and art hi-jinks to an eclectic selection of venues.

The Council-run Salford Museum and Art Gallery is a friendly city museum with special appeal to families, and the nearby Working Class Movement Library provides a fascinating look at the past. The personal collection of labour historians Ruth and Edmund Frow, it’s a veritable treasure trove of material dating back to the 1760s. Ordsall Hall, the city’s beautifully restored (and supposedly haunted) Tudor mansion, has a busy programme of events and activities all year round, including events as part of horror film festival Grimmfest.

Salford inspires fierce loyalty among its inhabitants. Spend any significant period of time here, and you may begin to understand why.

Discover our top picks

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Music 30 April 2017, from £23 adv.

Sounds From the Other City

Salford’s Sounds from the Other City festival showcases the best of new and avant-garde music, arts and performance.

Projects: Dave Lynch – The Art & Science of Play
Exhibitions 14 September 2016–2 October 2016, FREE

Projects: Dave Lynch – The Art & Science of Play

Dave Lynch will present three models of art. The gallery space will act as a dynamic artists’ pop up studio, meeting hub & venue which will host a series of events.

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Exhibitions 24 September 2016–9 October 2016, FREE

Projects: Rachel Goodyear – Glimpse

The Lowry galleries are turning into project spaces giving Manchester-based artist Rachel Goodyear room to be impulsive and experimental.

Dont Wake The Damp
Theatre 26 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £10.00

Dont Wake The Damp

Multi-award-winning comedy captains Kill the Beast present a new twisted tale, inspired by 80s sci-fi, 90s gaming and cracking superhero theme-tunes.

Pride and Prejudice
Theatre 11 October 2016–15 October 2016, from £22.00

Pride and Prejudice

As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Theatre 21 January 2017–4 February 2017, from £18.00

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling new stage play from the National Theatre.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Theatre 6 December 2016–15 January 2017, from £29.00

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Starring Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) as Caractacus Potts, Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on A Sunday, Hairspray) as Baroness Bomburst, and Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst.

The Peony Pavillion
Theatre 22 November 2016–26 November 2016, from £15.00

The Peony Pavillion

An unmissable ballet from one of the greatest companies in the world providing an evening of spectacle and World-class exquisite dancing.

The Wind in the Willows
Theatre 27 October 2016–6 November 2016, from £16.00

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad comes to life in a brand new stage musical.

Red Cities: A Boundary-Crossing Walk and Pub Quiz
Exhibitions 12 May 2017,

Red Cities: A Boundary-Crossing Walk and Pub Quiz

Join us as we walk from central Manchester to the heart of Salford, passing landmarks of the two cities’ radical past and ending with supper and a radical Pub Quiz.

Manchester District Guides

Exchange Square Manchester WIDE

City Centre, Manchester

Visit Manchester Town Hall in the city centre and you’ll spot bees picked out in…

Cheetham Hill 2 Jan Chlebik WIDE

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

As an area, Cheetham Hill gets a pretty bad rep. The foreboding architecture of Strangeways…

Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter, Manchester

Manchester’s most characterful, independent district is a jumbled network of streets to one side of…

Chorlton Guide

Chorlton, Manchester

This left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only ten minutes…

The cafe in the trees at the Whitworth

Oxford Road, Manchester

Stretching all the way from the Curry Mile – with its glittering sari emporiums, Indian…

The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

Follow Oxford Road South through the Curry Mile, along Wilmslow Road, past Platt Fields Park…

Things to do right now

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Giselle
Theatre 27 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £12.00

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Wonder Materials Graphene & Beyond. An exhibition about Graphene at the Museum of Science and Industry

Picture: Jason Lock

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Exhibitions 23 July 2016–25 June 2017, FREE

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond

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Exhibitions 8 September 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

HAND CRAFT at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

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Theatre 8 September 2016–15 October 2016, from £11.00

To Kill a Mockingbird at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Snowdrift by Edward Onslow Ford
Exhibitions 10 June 2016–31 October 2016, FREE

Elizabeth Price Curates at The Whitworth

Michael Rosen - Image courtesy of Z-Arts
Families 17 September 2016–17 December 2016, from £7.00

Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things at Z-arts

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Exhibitions 24 September 2016–9 October 2016, FREE

Projects: Rachel Goodyear – Glimpse