Arts, History and Culture
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.
Arts and History in Salford
We've got lots to tickle that creative bone in your body. Music, arts and museums, we've got it.
With a history as extensive as Salford's there's a fascinating building with a fascinating story in almost every corner of the city. Check out the full list of listed buildings to see the scale of our history, browse a few of the highlights below or simply walk around our city and admire the landscape for yourself.
Barton Road Aqueduct and Swing Bridge
Regarded as one of the wonders of the waterway world, the swing aqueduct was built alongside the swing bridge in 1893 to replace the original 1761 aqueduct and is still in use today.
Home to both the Bishop of Salford and the famous screaming skull, Wardley Hall was built circa 1500 and restored and altered in the 10th century. It is one of the few buildings in the Northwest to be mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist
Opened in 1844 and formally consecrated in 1890, Salford Cathedral now stands as one of the most impressive buildings in the Chapel Street area.
St Augustines was designed by George Frederick Bodley and Thomas Garner and was built between 1871 and 1874. The grade 1 listed church is a lavish brick and stone building in Bodley's individual Gothic style and is the focus of a conservation area.
Historic Ordsall Hall has witnessed many things throughout its long and illustrious history and plans are now in place to refurbish the hall for the future and open up more rooms to the public than ever before.
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