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The Quays

The Quays is Greater Manchester’s stunning waterfront destination and is home to some of the most spectacular attractions and iconic buildings in the UK Within just one square mile visitors will find culture, history, heritage and sport interwoven throughout our venues; The Lowry, Imperial War Museum North, Ordsall Hall, Salford Community Leisure, Mersey Ferries and Lancashire County Cricket Club. An affordable & relaxing shopping experience is on offer at the Lowry Outlet Mall as well as a range of accommodation provided by The Old Trafford Lodge and The Copthorne Manchester.

Over 7 million people visit The Quays every year – making it one of the most popular destinations in the North West and it generates a staggering £400M to the local economy annually in visitor spend. 2012 sees the first year of the new Quays Cultural Programme, delivering a groundbreaking programme of public events that will offer innovation, fun and lots of surprises.

Situated on the waterfront adjacent to The Lowry and IWM North is MediaCityUK: a purpose-built development for the creative and digital industries. In addition to state-of-the-art TV studios and an unparalleled communications structure, the site includes a piazza twice the size of Trafalgar Square. The first phase of MediaCityUK has already been completed, with the BBC having already relocated five major departments to The Quays, along with all local and network broadcasting who have moved from Manchester city centre. The University of Salford has a new facility at MediaCityUK and ITV will be re-locating their Manchester operations, including Coronation Street, to the development in late 2012/early 2013.

The Quays Marketing Partnership promotes The Quays as a tourism destination. Its membership is comprised of the leisure and business venues from across The Quays highlighted above, Salford & Trafford Councils and the Manchester Tourist Board/Marketing Manchester.

Visit to find everything you need to plan your visit, from where to stay, where to eat, what to do, how to get there and where to park.

Press contacts for The Quays 

For further information, or to schedule a press trip, the press contact for The Quays is PR consultants Mason Williams.

Please contact: Rebecca Barnes or Christine Quansah at Mason Williams PR:
Tel: 0845 0941 007
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Images of The Quays

To download images of The Quays, please visit New users need to register by clicking on ‘register’ on the left hand side of the page, fill in the required information (which includes creating your own password) and click ‘create account’. You will then have access to images via the log-in page.

The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).