Salford was one of the UK's first major industrial towns and was granted city status by a Royal Charter of 1926. In 1849 the municipal borough was the first in England to establish a public library, museum and art gallery, preceding the Public Libraries Act of 1850. The opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894 and the construction of Salford Docks were major events in the city’s long and illustrious history.
The City of Salford has many tourist attractions including Ordsall Hall, the Bridgewater Canal and the Lowry Centre. There are a number of iconic landmarks including Barton Swing Aqueduct which is now the centre of the Barton-Upon-Irwell Conservation Area, the Manchester Ship Canal and of course Salford Cathedral.
The University of Salford was founded in 1896 as the Royal Salford Technical Institute gaining full university status in 1967. The University has around 19,000 students; at present there are over 3,000 international students studying at the University. Ranked within the top third of UK universities for research the University of Salford is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for teaching.
The City of Salford is home to numerous successful businesses including TalkTalk Technology, Henri Lloyd, Cussons and BUPA. It also has regional offices for major corporations including IBM, McDonald's and Citifinancial and is home to Greater Manchester’s first five star hotel.
MediaCityUK opened its doors for the first time in 2011, and is now the home of several national departments of the BBC. Based at Salford Quays on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, it is the home of five BBC departments and some of the world’s biggest companies in broadcasting and new media.
The city is fast developing a reputation for creative talent and is full of cultural gems like Islington Mill, Studio Salford, the Lowry Theatre and Salford Arts Theatre.
As well as being the home of the likes of Salford Red Devils and Salford City FC, there are numerous sporting greats born in Salford including Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and John Motson! There are also numerous musicians who hail from Salford including John Cooper Clarke, Mark E Smith, Graham Nash, Russell Watson, Ewan MacColl, Elkie Brookes, Bez, Shaun Ryder, Tim Burgess, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook. The list of famous Salfordians also includes LS Lowry, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Eccleston and Shelagh Delaney.
What’s more Salford is home to the world’s first gas lit street, Chapel Street, as well as the Monton Lighthouse and Clifton and Blackleach country parks as well as six waterways, 30 miles of river and canals, 112 ponds and 5 grade I and 14 grade II listed buildings.
To find out more about what you can do in Salford go to www.visitsalford.info