Things to do in Salford

Our most recommended things to do in Salford

Manchester: City Center Canal Cruise

1. Manchester: City Center Canal Cruise

See Manchester from another perspective on a scenic canal cruise. Make your way along the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell, admiring some of the city's key sights including Manchester United's home ground and the historic Stephenson's Railway Bridge. Board the cruise in central Manchester and embark on a trip to the heart of Manchester's old docklands and the center of the city. See sights from the modern Media City, now home to the BBC and the new home of ITV's Coronation Street, to the imposing Old Trafford football stadium and George Stephenson’s railway bridge from 1830. Pass by the first of the 120-meter-long locks of the Manchester Ship Canal, admiring the impressive Imperial War Museum and old Pomona Docks before heading into the heart of Manchester along the River Irwell. During the cruise, listen to commentary that describes the history of the Manchester Ship Canal. Learn about the industries that made the city one of the powerhouses of Europe in the 19th century and hear about the exciting future that's currently being built.

Manchester: City Bus Tour

2. Manchester: City Bus Tour

Explore the birthplace of the industrial revolution aboard the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus in Manchester and learn more about the city's contribution to science, politics, music, arts and sport. Hop-on and off at any of the 15 stops on a route that has been carefully planned to include key sights such as Manchester Town Hall, the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. Hop-off at Salford Quays to visit the famous Lowry art gallery and Imperial War Museum North in the stunning building by Daniel Libeskind. Discover the new media hub where the BBC and ITV have located their TV studios, and avail of the canal-side shops and restaurants. 

Manchester: Elvis-on-the-River Cruise

3. Manchester: Elvis-on-the-River Cruise

Sit back and enjoy a night of Elvis aboard an exclusive cruise. On this 2.5-hour city cruise, you'll see the sights of the city from the "Theatre of Dreams" of Old Trafford, to the lights of the Media City. You will be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco as you board the Princess Katherine, with lights snacks and canapes accompanying your cruise. As you admire the views of the city's skyline from the old Pomona Docks, an on-board Elvis Presley tribute artist will perform the best of Elvis, which will have you dancing in the aisles as the city slides by. At the conclusion of your rockin' cruise, you will return back to your point of origin.

Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

4. Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

Join the Princess Katherine for a cruise with a difference and experience an amazing way to enjoy Manchester. A night of amazing tunes will welcome you from your favorite Rat Pack and swing artists, as well as a few classic favorites to keep the boat rocking, courtesy of Russell Shaun. The Princess Katherine provides an intimate atmosphere that will have you dancing in the aisles as the city slides by. Enjoy the lights of the city as the Princess Katherine cruises between the stunning architecture of Salford Quays towards the heart of Manchester. From Old Trafford to the lights of Media City, these are surely some of the best views that Manchester has to offer. As your tour concludes, you'll cruise back to your tour starting location to continue your evening.

Manchester: RHS Garden Bridgewater Entry Ticket

5. Manchester: RHS Garden Bridgewater Entry Ticket

Wander around the RHS Garden Bridgewater and let the 154 acres of transformed land, where the former site of the Worsely New Hall used to stand. With help of renowned landscape architects and the local community, the garden in Salford has become a must. The contemporary Worsley Welcome Garden greets everyone with its architectural topiary and lush seasonal planting. And from here on, it’s up to you what to discover next. Step inside the walls of the Paradise Garden with its awe-inspiring blend of Mediterranean and Asiatic planting. Treat your senses to the abundant Kitchen Garden. Or follow the winding paths of the Chinese Streamside Garden.

Machester: Salford Quays Guided Walking Tour

6. Machester: Salford Quays Guided Walking Tour

Celebrate the history and cultural significance of Salford Quays on a family-friendly guided walking tour in Manchester. Start and end at the impressive Media City Piazza, visiting important sights like the Lowry Arts Center and others along the way. Meet your guide underneath the big digital screen in the Media City piazza, a modern and imposing location designed to provide a purpose-built home for digital and creative businesses. From here, you'll set out to explore Salford Quays. Learn about the historical and cultural significance of this area, from its past as Manchester Docks to its present as one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the UK. Discover hidden gems as you wander around the waterfront with your local guide and get insight into what makes the Quays so special. The walking route covers around 4.5 kilometers and takes you past stunning locations like the Lowry Arts Center, the Imperial War Museum North, and more, before returning to the Media City Piazza where it began.

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What people are saying about Salford

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 388 reviews

Lovely trip up the waters of Manchester, great seeing the city from a different perspective with very friendly and helpful crew! Recommended

Great trip and berth informative . We were lucky quote the weather which made it all the more enjoyable would highly recommend

Great and good value boat cruise with friendly staff. Done 3 times now and sure will be boarding again

Really lovely cruise, very informative, value for money, warm welcoming staff and comfortable ride

Excellent service and a time well spent. Neat boat, timely and excellent staff