The next tour is FREE as part of the Salford Histories Festival: Saturday 30 October 2021.
Meet: Salford Quays Metrolink stop, 10.30am.
Booking: Please press here to book with Eventbrite.
Glass, steel and burnished metal tower over Salford Quays and the huge docks that once harboured the world’s biggest ocean-going liners on the Manchester Ship Canal.
Here are gleaming museums of the modern age, seering stretches of sun-drenched water and the shining towers of Media City, a city of glass, steel and burnished metal, bold and brilliant, a 21st century empire for the BBC and ITV.
This is perhaps the most visually splendid outdoors walk in the NMW canon. The thrill, the high of those deep, dark docks; those vast canyons of water and the histories they hide from the days when ships laden with tea chests, barrels of whiskey, rum and sugar, packed by stevedores in the New World, pulled up in Salford to be unloaded by the men of Ordsall, to be consumed by the hungry folk of the North-West. It was a feast of heavy labour transformed into today’s heritage heavy regenerated Quays.
We will show you how the old docks became the new city, became Media City.