The Quays

The Quays, Salford: Address, Phone Number, The Quays Reviews: 4/5

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Visit the Quays, Greater Manchester's stunning waterfront destination, and discover culture, history, heritage, shopping and sport within just one square mile. With an award-winning theatre, gallery and museum, discount shopping, stunning architecture, historical tours, cruises and sport, the Quays has everything you need for a great day out. When when the sun goes down, the quayside is beautifully lit, making it the ideal backdrop for an evening stroll, followed by dinner and drinks in one of the many bars and restaurants - plus the excellent accommodation on offer provides the perfect reason to turn your day visit into a short break. There is also a year-round programme of events, including food markets and public outdoor art installations.
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Vic L
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Couples
Stopped off at the matchstick man pub in Salford quay’s Manchester,first I went to bar for 2 drinks when he came with the drinks the order was wrong,the next thing we ordered food after nearly 30 minutes I told one of them about the wait, he went to see about the order he did eventually come back after another 10 minutes with our chip butty’s bread buns that you could sand walls with hard and as thick as a house brick with about 6 chips on it all in all the service and food terrible avoid food here at all costs
At least the chip buttys.
Written 15 July 2022
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Timtom124
Manchester, UK265 contributions
Family
It’s ok for what it is, lots of food outlets, parking close by, it’s Salford though at the end of the day but you might spot the odd celebrity from the many TV networks based at Salford quays
Written 20 June 2022
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C J
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My granddaughter wanted to go on a tram to the Lowry but they weren't running again so I drove. It cost me £7.00 for parking for just over 4 hours...... extortionate to say the least, they should be ashamed of themselves. No wonder the shops are closing up and its quiet. I'd already spent a fortune on food and drink and other things. I don't know how they can justify charging so much, I won't be going again.
Written 13 April 2022
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malc1005
Kettering, UK4,138 contributions
A nice area to take a stroll, and look at what is there, or take a seat and watch the world go by. Has some nice architecture.
Written 3 October 2021
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Lesley R
Manchester, UK114 contributions
Chav city...

Absolutely awful, poorly signposted both inside and out, full of bellowing chavs and their squealing, screaming fractious infants, deeply unpleasant with the acoustics in this place. Do NOT go if you have the slightest noise sensitivity as it's a very unpleasant experience.

I arrived as the place opened and managed only 40 minutes before I had to make a run for it.

Still, some people must like it because as I left there were hordes of entitled pushy "bargain hunters" arriving and long queues for the carpark.

I would prefer to stab myself in the eyeballs than ever visit this place again..... never again.
Written 5 September 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel35,606 contributions
We had a nice stroll in the area.
Some lovely architecture.
Everything looked deserted, despite it being the early afternoon.
Written 25 August 2021
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zenu
London2,022 contributions
We went by taxi and returned on the tram (very good service). Our intention was to visit the Lowry centre to view the paintings in the gallery. Unfortunately the centre is used as magistrate's court during weekdays! Their website makes no mention of this.

Instead we had a very pleasant walk passing the Media City, Coronation Street sets, Imperial War Museum, several interesting bridges and the canal. Boat rides are available from the quays.

Once a thriving dock area (do stop to see the memorials erected for the dockers - very interesting, as well as Ducher's statue) the area is now a high end residential area (blocks of flats) and eateries and pubs abound. It was a delight to see school parties taking pride in their local heritage.
Written 23 August 2021
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steven b
Oldham, UK724 contributions
Family
A quick Sunday morning visit,i say quick as we were in & out in less than an hour.
We have been on many occasions over the years & it doesn't seem to get any better.
We were there for school shoes from the Clarke's outlet,once there via the many divisions,due to the many road works going on in the area.parking is easy enough,plenty of spaces in the multi story,then a quick lift or stair walk & your in.
We found Clarke's,but nothing took our eye on this trip,so we took our usual look around,i like Trespass,but didn't see anything & as for the rest of it,more empty than trading stores,such a shame,sure they must be able to get more traders in,which would make it a better place to visit,take a look at Cheshire oaks?..
So in less than an hour,i was paying £1.10 for the privilege & on our way home..
The Quays,you need to bring in the big names,then it'd make it a better place to visit...
Written 8 August 2021
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gucci_t
Cleethorpes, England, United Kingdom23 contributions
Couples
First time visit via coach trip, Acklams Coaches.
Amazing place besides the shopping outlet, museums, BBC/ITV hqs, water sports, bars and restaurants.
Penelopes Delhi for £4.50 lunch (4 items, sandwiches or raps, crisps, sweet and drink!).
Written 27 July 2021
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mark t
Bury, UK206 contributions
Couples
Me and my wife went for a walk around the quays. It was a lovely Sunday morning and there was plenty of people around walking with children and dogs. There was even people swimming in the water.. Very clean and plenty of signage to show where you're going. Will return after lockdown and sample some of the nice bars that are here. Definitely would recommend a visit.
Written 1 March 2021
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