Discover Salford's fascinating heritage through many historic places of interest both on land and water. Salford's Bridgewater Canal played a pivotal part in the industrial revolution but is now a popular leisure destination.  

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It takes takes in Chapel Street and the Crescent – the main historical corridor connecting Salford with Manchester city centre, the first street to be lit by gas in 1806 and one of the main streets in the country making up the A6 from Glasgow to London.

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The Lowry houses ever-changing interactive displays in its galleries and a permanent display of the best of LS Lowry.

Monton Village Heritage Trail takes you from the heart of Monton and its conservation area.

Admission is free but donations are welcome. See thelowry.com for more information.

Download your own guided walk of this historical heart of Salford at Chapel Street and the Crescent. Collect a guide from tourist information at The Lowry or download it from visitsalford.info/chapeltrail.

And don't just take our word for what a great city it is. Local actress Maxine Peake's top 5 places in Manchester include 3 that are actually in Salford! You can also visit Tripadvisor, the world's largest travel site for ideas and reviews whilst disabled visitors should check out Euan's Guide.    

Directions: The easiest way to get there by public transportation is taking the tram to the Exchange Quay station which is only a few hundred yards past the Colgate factory. Go down Ordsall lane around to your right. If driving, there is a small parking lot on site.

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Visitors can take a step back in time and happily spend an afternoon at Lark Hill Place, an atmospheric re-creation of a typical northern street during Victorian times. You can peer into shop windows and dress up in traditional Victorian costumes. And look out for a pair of long-toed boots at the cobblers. The have wooden soles 20 inches long and were used for dancing. Contact the gallery at Peel Park, The Crescent on 0161 778 0800 or visit its website.

The council is running a photography competition as part of its Spirit of Salford campaign. The images can be of anything that capture the city’s identity across four categories – people, landscapes, events and spirit of Salford.The best images will make up a Spirit of Salford exhibition.

The hour-long Worsley Village Heritage Trail  takes you around Worsley village and its half-timber houses and canal-side settings.

Directions: Near MediaCityUK and Salford Quays and from M60 Junction 9Metrolink Stop: MediaCityUK

The Quays is well served by both public transport and road, making it easy to visit wherever you're coming from. Visit the Getting to Salford Quays website or explore the dedicated transport map of the area.

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Directions: Easiest to get to by tram from central Manchester

100 Years Ago: Salford at War exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery helps uncover some of Salford’s unique stories from World War One.

So we’ve come up with a list of fun, interesting things to do in Salford to keep you and your family entertained during the warmer climes, and if the rain makes an unwelcome return.

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At a loose end in Langworthy? Bored in Boothstown? Idle in Irlam?

Directions: Easiest to get to by tram from central Manchester.

But times are rather tight at the moment and you might be keeping an eye on the pennies this summer.

Entry is free. Click here for more information or call 0161 793 2420 or email  lindsay.clark@salford.gov.uk

Directions: Metrolink: Harbour City and Media City UK tram stations.

A gallery, restaurant and theatre under one spectacular roof. Named for famous early 20th century artist, LS Lowry who painted the working people of Salford in the streets and factories. There are two performance theatres in the complex as well and a cafe and restaurant.

No this isn't a touched up old Victorian photograph but a real replica of a 19th century street, Lark Hill Place, which you can find at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

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A restored Tudor house in Salford, half timber beamed with a Great Hall and several other rooms with original furniture and decoration. Reputedly haunted! Various parts of the house date from the 12th century to Victorian kitchens. Small gallery upstairs featuring local artists. Lots of educational programs for kids. Small gift shop. Free admission. Webcam: http://www.patricksenecal.com/webcams/w-english0646.php

Head to The Quays, a stunning waterfront destination for spectacular architecture, award winning theatres, gallery and museum, outlet shopping, cruises and sport.  

Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4.45pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4pm.

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The walk, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, explores the main corridor connecting Salford with Manchester city centre, from Blackfriars Bridge to Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

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There's no better place to find top sport action than The Quays. Home to two of the most renowned clubs in British sport - Manchester United and Lancashire County Cricket Club, The Quays is the area to head for when wanting the best in football and cricket. Both have official shops too for you to pick up some official merchandise or souvenirs of your visit to the Northwest's sporting mecca.

Discover where to stay at The Quays and where to find the best places to eat and have a drink or two.

With the games coming up next month, we've put together our guide to the sports you can try out on your doorstep