Mini guide to Salford

Jenessa Williams

Just one mile west of Manchester City Centre, Salford is often overshadowed by its big brother. But what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in character

Where to stay

Keep things intimate at The Ivy Mount Boutique. With options ranging from single rooms right through to 12-person sleepers, they rate consistently well for customer service, with a dedicated team who love nothing more than offering local recommendations. 

For something a little more homely, Salford has a huge abundance of serviced apartments and AirBnb’s in the quayside region. Opt for a midweek break to secure the cheapest deals or mix things up by choosing a variety of different locations—a whole new approach to bedhopping!

 

Where to eat

Kickstart a day at Media City with a trip to Penelope’s. Sink into comfy sofas with a latte and grilled toastie, or indulge in waffles and ice cream. Penelope’s is the official caterers for Dock10 Studios, so keep an eye out for any TV favourites grabbing an early lunch. 

Planning a big family reunion? Vero Moderno should be your first stop for rustic Italian cuisine. Share pizzas, pasta and a delicious array of antipasti in generous portions; we’re opting for their finely sliced carpaccio served with citronette dressing.

 

What to see

A trip to Salford wouldn’t be complete without a trip to MediaCity. Home to BBC and ITV Studios, there is no end of things to see and do. Shop discount designer brands at the Lowry Shopping Centre, take part in seasonal pop-up events, even rent out The Pitch for a swift game of five a side. 

For a really special trip, many of the shows filmed at MediaCity invite a public audience—balloted tickets can be purchased online from each respective programmer. 

For shows of a different kind, The Lowry hosts an arts and cultural programme positively bursting with diversity. Choose from ballets and operas, musicals and exhibitions—open year round, there is bound to be an entertaining and enlightening event to suit any taste. 

 

What to learn

Take things outside for a bracing adventure around The Salford Trail. With a series of ten walks to choose from, experience canals and rivers, identify local greenery and admire the changing of seasons. With plenty of pubs and eateries on the way, it’s a great way to spend a quiet Sunday. 

To dive further into social history, the Working Class Movement Library holds information more relevant than ever, highlighting the experiences of a section of the community often misaligned. 

Small but perfectly formed, it’s worth booking a guided visit, or tie in your trip with a visit to Salford Museum and Art Gallery, home to an array of permanent exhibits and touring displays.