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Visit Salford | Discover the history in the city


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 has witnessed kings, queens, and possibly even Guy Fawkes over its 600 year history, while Wardley Hall is home to both the Bishop of Salford and an infamous 'screaming skull'! Wardley Hall is also one of the few north west buildings mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The thriving local history scene offers you the chance to get involved with regular reminiscence sessions and talks programmes from the city's 10 local history groups and societies, to trace your family tree at the Local History Library or to explore the stalls and displays at the annual Local History Day at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Or find out more about the story of Britain's working classes from the earliest days of industrialisation to the present day at the Working Class Movement Library.

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

Take a walk through the past yourself with one of the self-guided trails around Worsley (birthplace of the Bridgewater Canal), Salford Quays or Chapel Street.

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.

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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