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Discover Salford - An Arty City

Visit Salford | Discover the history in the city

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While Salford has all eyes on the future, one foot remains squarely in the past in celebration of our fascinating history. With five grade I listed and fourteen grade II* buildings there's a story lurking behind every ancient monument and sparkling new development.

Ordsall Hall our haunted Grade 1 listed Tudor house, has witnessed kings, queens, and possibly even Guy Fawkes over its 600 year history.

Discover the story of Britain's working classes from the earliest days of industrialisation to the present day at the Working Class Movement Library, one of the most unusual libraries in the world.

Relive 'The Smiths' legacy with a visit to Salford Lads Club which continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

Explore the remains of the Wet Earth Colliery at Clifton Country Park or visit evocative Weaste Cemetery, the final resting place of Sir Charles Hallé, Busby Babe Eddie Colman and local hero Mark Addy.

Discover the city's fascinating heritage through many historic places of interest both on land and water such as the picturesque Worsley village and the Bridgewater Canal which played a pivotal part in the industrial revolution. The Salford stretch of the Bridgewater Canal has more than its fair share of stories to tell, which are told in a unique map.

Inspired by Salford, artist LS Lowry captured the city in many of his paintings which can be seen alongside other exhibitions at The Lowry, a major arts venue at Salford Quays.

The UK's 'first free public library', Salford Museum and Art Gallery, still houses the city's local history library and archive alongside an exciting programme of exhibitions and events. The Chapel Street area is renowned for its rich heritage of firsts as it was the first street to be lit by artificial light in 1806 as well as the route for the first horse-drawn bus service running between Pendleton and Manchester in 1824. It's also home to Salford Cathedral which claims to be the first to be built in the cruciform shape since the Reformation.

One of the few North West buildings mentioned in the Domesday Book, Wardley Hall, is home to both the Bishop of Salford and an infamous 'screaming skull'!

Heritage trails are available for Chapel Street, The Quays, Worsley, Monton and Roe Green loopline, Swinton and Walkden. You can also discover the city's musical heritage with the Salford Music Map

Too much to discover in one day? Why not stay in one of our many hotels and you can take your time to explore Salford's exciting heritage.

Ordsall Hall

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Wardley Hall




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