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Salford Quay

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Salford Quay

The wife and i are arriving at Picadilly train station in early November and stopping at the Holiday inn Salford Quay for 3 nights,this being our first visit to Manchester.

Please could someone help with a few questions.

i understand we can use the tram system from Picadilly station and to visit the city centre, what time does it stop at night.

We are a mature couple but like restaurants/bars/live music should we head for the Northern quarter in the evenings.

Any attractions we should not miss (must add we are not footy fans)

Thank you

Edited: 01 October 2013, 23:07
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1. Re: Salford Quay

The critical thing is what nights of the week are you staying? Trams run later, lots more entertainment options etc on Fri/Sat nights.

Anyway, tram times are here, using St Peter's square as a basis for your return journey - Piccadilly gardens will be a couple of minutes earlier, Victoria and Shudehill will need a change to the Eccles tram so will be a good bit earlier:

metrolink.co.uk/tramtimes/Pages/St-Peters-Sq…

As you can see, Fri/Sat later than Mon/Thurs., Sunday a lot earlier.

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2. Re: Salford Quay

This link will give you the times for the last trams from Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre.

metrolink.co.uk/tramtimes/Pages/Piccadilly-G…

There are 2 Holiday Inns in Salford Quays, The Holiday Inn Express and The Holiday Inn MediaCity. The Salford Quays stop is the nearest stop to The Holiday Inn Express. For the Holiday Inn MediaCity you want The MediaCity stop, or The Broadway stop.

Steve beat me to it!

A taxi from the city centre would cost about £10.00.

Edited: 01 October 2013, 23:50
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3. Re: Salford Quay

Thanks for that, we arrive Friday afternoon and depart Monday afternoon staying at the Holiday inn express.

Would the Northern quarter be the area to visit ?

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4. Re: Salford Quay

Yes, but don't just go to the northern quarter, there are other places as well. Look at this list:

http://www.manchesterbars.com/top10.htm

There are bars and pubs all over the city of course. There are lots in the Whitworth St west/Castlefield area as well as NQ, and Spinningfield is a new large development off Deansgate.

For sightseeing etc., depends what you want to see - there are several galleries and museums dotted around, have a look at this list to see what takes your fancy and come back with any more questions:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g187069-Activi…

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5. Re: Salford Quay

Thank you very much both you have been so helpful,we will use the tram on arrival to get from Picadilly to Salford quay and to get back into the city centre, should we then use the free Metroshuttle buses to get about it appears to have good coverage of the city ?.

Once again thanks

Edited: 02 October 2013, 09:09
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6. Re: Salford Quay

Re the Metroshuttle buses - they are great, but be aware that one route doesn't operate on Sundays and that they all stop at either 6 or 7pm. If you don't have walking issues then it is possible to walk from, say Piccadilly Gardens to MOSI in less than 15 minutes so the centre is pretty walkable - but the buses are handy if you're weary or loaded with shopping!

As you're staying in Salford Quays the most local sights (on opposite sides of the Canal) are the Lowry (theatre & gallery):

http://www.thelowry.com/

and the Imperial War Museum North:

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

The area around Media City is worth a stroll if you have time - if you were Blue Peter children the garden is there with Petra's statue and there are several modern sculptures/artworks.

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7. Re: Salford Quay

In the Northern Quarter I like the Port Street Beer House and the Marble Beer House.

Port Street Beer House has a wide range of real ales, craft beers and foreign beers, but I'd avoid going there on Friday evening from about 5pm onwards as it gets very busy. Saturday afternoon and early evening is best time to visit.

http://www.portstreetbeerhouse.co.uk/

Marble Beer house is a 5 minute walk away and serves Marble Brewery beers, a couple of guest ales, and they do coffee/tea and deli boards with cheese, meat, olives etc along with cakes. It's very small though and can get busy.

http://www.marblebeers.com/beerhouse/

There's lots of other bars and restaurants in the Northern Quarter, along with quirky clothes shops and a few record shops.

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8. Re: Salford Quay

A tip for using the tram, if you are making a return journey always buy a return ticket - off peak(after 0930) a return is more or less the same price as one single. And if you're making several trips on the same day, a day ticket at about £5 is often well worth it.

Good call from Cheshireresident there about the IWM and Lowry, I'd forgotten about those, which are more or less on your doorstep.

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9. Re: Salford Quay

There is some good things to do in Salford Quays around the Lowry and over the bridge at imperial war museum. You can also get to the Trafford Centre by getting the 250 bus which goes near the IWM and old Trafford.

For transport check out www.tfgm.com. Which has all your transport info.

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10. Re: Salford Quay

If you do decide to go to the Trafford Centre, it's the X50 bus that stops at the front of The Imperial War Museum North. The 250 stops at the side of Old Trafford and at various stops on Wharfside Way.

A Daysaver ticket costs £4.00.