The Lowry

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The Lowry Theatre and Gallery in Salford Quays Manchester.
Image courtesy of Visit Britain

With two theatres, galleries and a studio space, award-winning Quayside arts centre The Lowry combines the performing and visual arts to impressive effect.

The Lowry is named after Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887 – 1976) – an artist who spent much of his life in Salford and whose work is strongly associated with the city. Salford Museum & Art Gallery had been a long-standing collector of his work and some 400 individual works – as well as an extensive archive of photographs, press cuttings and exhibition catalogues – were transferred to The Lowry on its opening in April 2000. Alongside the famous LS Lowry Collection, The Lowry hosts a vibrant programme of special exhibitions, often with a focus on digital arts.

But it’s theatre that’s arguably the main draw of The Lowry, and it hosts a dizzying array of productions, from West End smashes to outside-the-box shows, including lots of dance, and many family productions.

Sitting opposite Media City (and just a stone’s throw from the Media City tram stop, making it easily accessible from the city centre), The Lowry also boasts a decent café (with good options for kids), a highly-rated restaurant and terrace bar, plus shop. For kids, there are activity backpacks and a small, dedicated activity area within the galleries.

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Telephone: Box office: 0843 208 6000 Visit Now

Accessibility

Fully accessible

Admission Charges

Free (prices to performances vary)

Children and Families

Activity packpacks, kids' menu, dedicated play space, plus specific children's performances as per programme

Commercial and Hire Services

Venue available for hire

Services and Facilities

Exhibitions, theatre, live music, food and drink, shop, comedy

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday10:00am - 6:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on at The Lowry

SIX at The Lowry
TheatreMediaCityUK
SIX at The Lowry

Get ready for a spectacular royal treat this summer as Henry VIII’s six wives go head to head live on stage!

from £28.50

What's on near The Lowry

SIX at The Lowry
TheatreMediaCityUK
SIX at The Lowry

Get ready for a spectacular royal treat this summer as Henry VIII’s six wives go head to head live on stage!

from £28.50
Festivo Winds
MusicManchester
Festivo Winds at Low Four

One of the UK’s most exciting young wind quintet’s brings an eclectic programme to Low Four studios.

from £5.00

Where to go near The Lowry

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Gallery
Irwell Sculpture Trail

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Manchester
Shopping Centre
Lowry Outlet Mall

The Lowry Outlet Mall in The Quays district of Manchester sits opposite both The Lowry and MediaCityUK, Europe’s largest media hub and the home of BBC North.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Central Bay

Central Bay is a new waterfront dining and drinking destination at Quayside MediaCity, opening summer 2023.

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The Alchemist Mediacity

The latest offering from the UK-conquering Alchemist has an energetic vibe similar to others in this highly-regarded chain of restaurants.

Salford
Uswim
at Salford Quays

Jump into waters of dock 9 at Salford Quays with Uswim, they bring the benefits and freedom of open water swimming to the convenience of a central location.

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Restaurant
11 Central

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Ice Rink
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MCUK Ice Rink
at Media City

Embrace that most Christmassy of activities and get your skates on outside of the chaotic city centre this winter. The Ice Rink at Media City will be serving festive fun till January 5th.

Manchester
Shop
Booths Media City

The Booths branch at Media City, Salford Quays is much appreciated by TV, radio and media executives who work in the area.

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