Living in Salford Quays & Media City - all you need to know

A fantastic waterfront destination in Greater Manchester, Salford Quays and Media City have been key areas of development and regeneration over the past years. This is an exciting area to live as it has become a site of international significance for media and technology companies.

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The famous Lowry theatre is located in Salford Quays and, surrounded by water, is a striking and culturally significant place to visit, showing a diverse range of shows. 

The Quayside MediaCityUK is a large outlet mall offering an excellent range of shopping facilities. With over 85 shops spread over two floors, it is a fantastic place to shop and also contains a health and fitness centre, a 7 screen cinema and a food court. The centre also holds a monthly outdoor market.

MediaCityUK is home to the UK’s first purpose built creative media hub on a 200-acre site located within Salford Quays. The site is hugely significant, creating exciting jobs opportunities for the media, technology and creative industries. It’s also the regional headquarters of the BBC.


One of the five branches of the Imperial War Museum, The Imperial War Museum North, is located in Trafford Park on the opposite bank to MediaCityUK. With its impressive architecture and engaging displays, it is well worth a visit. 

The Old Trafford section of the Quays is home to the Premier League football club, Manchester United. Their stadium, Old Trafford, is one of the largest football club stadiums in the UK and draws crowds from all over the globe.


Salford Quays is a significant location for sporting events. In 2003, it was the venue for the first International Triathlon Union World Cup event. The Quays is also home to the Great Manchester Swim since 2012.

Salford Watersports Centre, which opened in 2001, provides a range of watersports and outdoor activities, including the Royal Yachting Association training in sailing and training in kayaking and canoeing. 

In 2012, the Salford Quays were rejuvenated for the Olympic Games, in which they were used for swimming and diving. Six gold medallists swum at the Quays!


With excellent connections into Manchester city centre and surrounding areas, Salford Quays is conveniently located for commuters. The Quays are connected to Manchester city centre by the Metrolink Eccles line, which provides access in no more than 30 minutes. Trams operate every 6 minutes throughout the day, giving quick and easy access to nearby areas. 

Salford Quays and the Trafford Wharf area are accessible from the M602 motorway and major arterial routes from the Trafford Centre, Manchester city centre, Salford and Old Trafford. Many main routes around the Quays are high-quality dual carriageway routes, built after the closure of Salford Docks.


Salford’s industrial past means that early 1900’s terrace properties make up a significant percentage of homes in the area – however, there’s certainly no shortage of semi-detached and detached properties around.

There has been substantial re-generation across the area and it’s now the area sought out by young professionals, young families and students. The £100m regeneration of Ordsall Estate, close to Salford Quays, has just been completed.