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The Quays, Manchester

Creative Tourist

The Quays is an area that’s gone from busy industrial dock to 21st century cultural hub in just over 100 years. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1894, the Salford Docks (as they were then known) became the busiest in the UK, serving the ships that came up the Manchester Ship Canal, a waterway built in order to escape the hefty charges levied by Liverpool’s dock and rail companies. Today, The Quays is home to MediaCityUK (the largest media hub in Europe) and studios purpose-built for the BBC’s move up North in 2011.

Two major cultural institutions – Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry – also straddle the Ship Canal, connected by a pedestrian bridge. The Lowry boasts two theatre, galleries, a studio space, restaurant and shop; IWM North’s fragmented design represents a globe shattered by war (inside, it’s completely devoid of right angles) and houses a beautifully-presented permanent collection and series of changing exhibitions that consider the many ways conflict shapes society. Restaurants, bars and even high-end supermarkets (the family-run Booths) complete the offer in the area.
With good transport links to the city centre, The Quays is the sort of place where you could happily lose half a day; or some of your sanity, if you choose to complete the ‘dock to dock’ course of the Great Manchester Swim.

Discover our top picks

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.

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Exhibitions 5 October 2016, from £10.00

In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability

Drawing on issues raised by IWM North’s major special exhibition, Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, award-winning fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and journalist and author Lucy Siegle discuss fashion and sustainability.

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Exhibitions 27 May 2016–1 May 2017, from £3.00

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

From ‘onesies’ to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain.

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.

Manchester District Guides

Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter, Manchester

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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…

Salford museum and art gallery exterior

Salford, Greater Manchester

Cross over the River Irwell, and you’ll find yourself in another city entirely – Salford….

Beech Road (3)

Beech Road Chorlton, Manchester

It may not quite have the reputation of Benefits Street, but Beech Road in Chorlton…

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Giselle
Theatre 27 September 2016–1 October 2016, from £12.00

Last Chance: Akram Khan’s Giselle

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Theatre 28 September 2016–8 October 2016, from £10.00

The Emperor

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

To Kill a Mockingbird at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

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Music 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £5.00

Oxjam Manchester Takeover 2016

Artist Film Weekender 2016
Cinema 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £3.00

Artist Film Weekender 2016

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

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

Elizabeth Price Curates at The Whitworth

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Families 17 September 2016–17 December 2016, from £7.00

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