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Salford is a city in Greater Manchester, immediately to the west of the city of Manchester. Salford borders Manchester and Trafford to the east and South and to the north the Boroughs of Bolton,and Bury.
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The River Irwell flows through Salford and forms, for the most part, the border with Bury and Manchester. Canals include the Manchester Ship Canal, which forms the border with Trafford and the Bridgewater Canal, Britain's oldest.
- The Salford Quays have recently been redeveloped, and contain some interesting architecture, an outlet mall, The Lowry Art Gallery and Theatres and The Imperial War Museum North, which is over the water in Trafford Borough.
- Ordsall Hall.
- Working Class Movement Library.
- Salford RC Cathedral.
- Worsley Village.
- Walkden, Manchester Road East. Walkden is a small village by Salford. Well worth checking out for its extensive range of shops and restaurants. However, it is not suitable for off-road vehicles to drive along due to the 3-tonne weight limit on some roads.
- The Lowry Outlet Center. Directly across from the Lowry Art Gallery, the Lowry Outlet Center has a ton of stores to buy clothes and other goods at discounted prices. Some stores include The Gap, Accesorize and more.
Manchester was the site of the Roman Fort Mamucium (breast-shaped) in AD 79 but a town was not built until the 13th century. The old Roman road that ran to the nearby fort of Coccium (Wigan) is mirrored today by the route through Atherton & Tyldesley. A priests' college and church (now Chetham's School and Library and the Cathedral) were established in Manchester in 1421. Early evidence of its tendency towards political radicalism was its support for Parliament during the Civil War and in 1745 for the Jacobite forces of the Young Pretender.
It was not until the start of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries that this small mediaeval town would build its fortune. The presence of an existing cloth trade, coupled with the mechanisation of spinning in nearby Bolton, created a thriving cotton industry in Manchester. The damp, humid atmosphere was good for cotton spinning since it meant fewer broken threads and reduced the risk of explosions from cotton dust. Water power rapidly gave way here to steam invented by Boulton and Watt and a steam-driven factory was built in the Ancoats Northern Quarter section of the city. By the end of the 19th century, Manchester was one of the ten biggest urban centres on Earth (even before counting the wider population, within 50 miles of the Northern England region, such as Liverpool, Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds, and Central Lancashire).
Whitworth, inventor of the eponymous mass-cut screw thread, also manufactured his equally revolutionary rifled guns in huge quantities at his factory on Sackville Street. After their initial meeting at the Midland Hotel, still one of the city's most luxurious, Rolls and Royce began manufacture of their luxury motor cars in Hulme.
Trafford Park, in Trafford, was to become the first industrial estate in the world, housing the Ford Motor Company and much of the pre-wartime aircraft industry, notably the 'Lancaster' Bombers of the AVRO Co.
Manchester's success during the Victorian era and before is evident everywhere you look. Great Ancoats Street was a source of wonder to Schinkel, the neo-classical architect from Berlin. Equally grandiose neo-Gothic buildings line the old Financial District around King Street, and public institutions such as the University and the many libraries are dotted around everywhere. There is even a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Square (Brazennose Street, straight across Albert Square from the Town Hall main entrance) commemorating his personal thanks for Manchester's support during a cotton famine created by Britain's refusal to run the Federal blockade of the slave-owning Confederacy during the American Civil War.
Continuing its radical political tradition, Manchester was the home of opposition to the Corn Laws and espoused Free Trade, as well as Chartism and the Great Reform Act. It was instrumental in the establishment of socialism in the UK. Both Engels and Marx frequented the city; the former conducted his famous inquiry into the condition of the working class, and the latter sought to draw universal rules from the particular circumstances of the early industrial revolution. Cleaving to a more gently pragmatic English tradition it was the birthplace of the Trades Union Congress which led to the creation of the Labour Party. It was also home to a number of philanthropists of the industrial age, such as John Owens and John Dalton, who bequeathed large parts of their fortunes to improving the city.
In more recent times, Manchester has been famous for its influence on the UK music scene. The Madchester movement of the early 1980s, started by Factory Records and Joy Division, led to the creation of the Haçienda nightclub (now unfortunately demolished after standing empty for many years) and the birth of modern club culture. Manchester has given life to many hugely successful musicians, among them The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Fall, Joy Division/New Order, The Happy Mondays, Oasis, James, and Badly Drawn Boy.
At 11:20, on Saturday, 15 June 1996, Manchester's city centre was rocked by a huge 1500 kg IRA bomb blast. Although preliminary intelligence managed to clear people from the scene enough for there to be no fatalities, the very heart of the city was ripped to shreds. A huge amount of money and effort was put into regenerating this bomb damaged part of the centre, renamed the Millennium Quarter. The area has renewed interest in the centre and contains the entertainment and shopping heart of the city.
Manchester has a temperate maritime climate and rarely gets too warm or too cold. The city receives below average rainfall for the UK. It is not significantly far behind London in terms of the average number of hours of sunlight per day (within nine minutes per day, based on the last 100 years data from Met office) though it does have a few more days with rain. However, as a result of relatively mild winter conditions, there is never a period that one should avoid visiting due to extreme weather conditions.
As with any city it puts on a good show when the weather is fine in spring and summer and there is a lot of al fresco drinking and eating. It does have its fair share of dull, grey days, which can strangely add to its charm for the visitor.
- Salford City Reds Rugby League Club - watch matches
- Manchester United FC - watch matches
At The Quays there is a pleasant square between The Lowry and the neighbouring outlet mall. There you will find a selection of bars and eating places including a Pizza Express and a Cafe Rouge.Over the water, in Trafford, at The Imperial War Museum North, the cafe has great views of the Lowry and the emerging media city.
The Lowry has its own restaurant which also has a pleasant outside terrace overlooking The Imperial War Museum North. Service is attentive and the food very good.
There are also good restaurants around all areas of Salford, although these are mostly serving locals. The very pleasant urban village suburbs of Monton and Worsley are both worth a mention however.
The Restaurant at Greater Manchester's first five star hotel The Lowry Hotel (just behind Manchester city centre's Deansgate and linked by a futuristic bridge to the square behind The House of Fraser department store) is one of the top places to eat in the conurbation. Take care if using a taxi to say "The Lowry Hotel", so as not to confuse it with the arts centre a couple of miles away. It is said they have a new take on afternoon tea which is a modern alternative to the offerings of such as The Midland Hotel.
The Campanile Hotel ( a French budget chain ) has a reasonably priced restaurant on Regent Road, walking distance from Manchester centre and handy for The Quays.
- Crescent - pub - near Salford University.
- Mark Addy - pub - near Salford Central rail station, on the river Irwell, and overlookig the Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre.
- Lime Bar - bar - at The Lowry Outlet Mall.
- Lowry Outlet Mall, Salford Quays. Low priced designer clothes/products in an indoor mall. Contains a Nike outlet store, amongst others. Also has bars and restaurants.
- West One at Eccles near the tram stop. This venture seems doomed and plans are it will reduce in size giving way to a supermarket in part.
- Salford Shopping City, Pendleton.This is hardly one for the tourists, but it is clean and offers locals, many of whom will be residents of the nearby tower blocks, a reasonable selection of shops. Of interest to students of urban planning perhaps? You can not help wondering what all this 1960's concrete replaced.
- Swinton Precinct, Chorley Road, Swinton. This is over the road from Salford's Civic Centre. It serves mainly residents of the suburbs of Swinton and Pendlebury.
- Ellesmere Centre, Manchester Rd/Bolton Road, Walkden.
- Trafford Centre, Trafford Park. Reached by bus from Eccles, Manchester City Centre or Stretford Metrolink and dedicated link bus ( leaving Stretford station turn right and then first right for the bus stop ), or by car via the M60. This is a temple for shopping, as indicated by its design and is located across the boundary in Trafford Borough.
- Manchester United Shop, Old Trafford Stadium, Sir Matt Busby Way, also in neighbouring Trafford Borough. This is a mecca for all those wishing to by the latest Manchester United products. Everything can be bought here, from replica shirts to teddy bears.
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