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Salford Quays – The Great Port and the Old Docks

Next tours: 2012 dates to be decided.

Meet: Outside the Lowry Arts Centre.

Huge docks which once harboured the world’s ocean-going liners. Gleaming museums of the modern age. A world famous canal, as deep as Suez, as powerful as the Panama.

Here a new city has risen; a city of glass, steel and burnished metal, bold and brilliant. On one side the silver shards of the Imperial War Museum North. On the other the Lowry Centre, a matchless theatre for the matchstick figure artist. And they are now joined by Media City, the future and futuristic home of the BBC. Alongside, stretches the water, filling the old Manchester Docks, cleaned and spruced for leisure and pleasure.

The Salford Quays tour takes you through this millennial metropolis, switching to and from the hi-tech world of today to the days when the Port of Manchester thrived.