A city in its own right since 1926, Salford is a fascinating place where old and new meet. Remnants of its industrial heritage rub shoulders with expansive parks and exciting regeneration. Read on to discover some of this unique city’s gems.
Food and Drink in Salford
Salford is home to many excellent traditional pubs. The Crescent (M5 4PF) is a favourite with staff and students from the university. The grade II listed building has been around since the 1860s, and features authentic wooden beams and a cosy fire in winter. With nine regularly changing pumps, tasty food and live music, it’s a great place to while away an evening.
Just down the road is another Salford institution – The Kings Arms (M3 6AN). Described by the Guardian as ‘Britain’s most bohemian back-street boozer’, it really is a one-off. There are six ever-changing local beers available on cask, as well as bottled cider and continental beers, served in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
What really makes The King’s Arms stand out though is the tiny theatre tucked away upstairs. All kinds of brilliant comedy, theatre and music can be found here, much of it produced by local talent right here in Salford. Look out for Embryo every two months – it’s an intriguing chance to see theatre groups, poets and musicians try out works in progress.
And if cocktails are more your thing, head down to Corridor (M3 5DY). Tucked away down a side alley, this hidden gem boasts some of the finest cocktails in the city. Expect all the classics, plus modern twists and signature specials such as the sophisticated Soprano (Amaretto, espresso, cherry and sugar) and sultry Rum Barb Flip (Dark rum, rhubarb, cream and sugar).
Salford Museum and Art Gallery (M5 4WU) was once home to the UK’s first free public lending library. Today it hosts an eclectic range of contemporary exhibitions alongside excellent permanent displays. Learn about what Salford life was like in the past in the LifeTimes Gallery, admire the beautiful paintings and decor of the Victorian Gallery, or explore the stunning Pilkington pottery collection.
Ordsall Hall (M5 3AN) is a spectacular Tudor manor house, whose records date all the way back to 1177. In its varied lifetime it’s been home to all kinds of people, from medieval gentry to farmers, an artist, and scout troops!
In recent years the Hall has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and is now a fascinating place for the whole family to visit. You can enjoy a picnic in the lovely gardens, step back in time in the immersion rooms, and enjoy the contemporary exhibitions – just watch out for the ghosts!
Islington Mill (M3 5HW) is a cutting-edge arts organisation based in an atmospheric former Victorian mill. Artists at work in the Mill’s studios give the place a constant buzz of creativity and experimentation, which you can soak up at one of the many events held here.
As well as exhibitions there are alternative gigs, cutting-edge performances, and the coolest parties. And if you’re feeling inspired, the Mill also runs workshops including life drawing, screen painting, Cuban music and more.
If you prefer getting out and about, there are miles of beautiful parkland to explore in Salford. Peel Park (M5 4PD) opened its gates in 1846 as the first public park in the world to welcome everyone, regardless of class or dress – another milestone in the city’s proud social history. It features beautiful gardens, sports fields and a play area, and has just won heritage funding to restore it to its former glory.
Opened in 1876, Ordsall Park (M5 3AD) is the city’s second oldest. Set in peaceful open grassland, you’ll find a bowling green, outdoor gym, play area, nature trail and more. There’s also a community space where everyone can enjoy the pleasures of planting and caring for a garden.
Buile Hill Park (M8 8GL) is another historic oasis. In its extensive grounds you’ll find pretty gardens, tennis courts and a play area – and at the heart of it the grand Buile Hill Mansion. Local artist L.S. Lowry visited the park frequently, and Frances Hodgeson Burnett is rumoured to have written her children’s classic The Secret Garden here.
A bright future
LPC Living’s regeneration project in Ordsall promises a bright future for Salford. Learn more about us, or discover our other exciting properties across the country.