Manchester/The Quays

The Salford Quays

The Quays covers the three areas of Salford Quays, Trafford Wharf, and Old Trafford around the Manchester Ship Canal. These former docks have been completely redeveloped and are now home to a large portion of the BBC, creating one of the biggest media complexes around.

Old Trafford is home to Old Trafford Cricket Ground, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, and the Old Trafford Football Stadium that belongs to Manchester United Football Club.

Get in

Instructions and times for reaching The Quays from anywhere in Manchester are available from the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

By car

From the North: From M60, take J12 for M602. Follow signs from the end of the M602 for Salford Quays.

From the South: From M60, take J7 onto A56 Chester Road. Follow signs from here for Salford Quays.

There is a car park in the Lowry Outlet Mall (it's free for customers.)

By tram

The Quays area is easily reached from central Manchester by the city's Metrolink tram system. Just board a tram on the dedicated Picadilly–MediaCityUK service; the Quays are best served by the terminus MediaCityUK stop, which is a short walking distance from The Imperial War Museum North, The Lowry as well as the BBC and ITV studios. There are services every 6 minutes in both directions, and a journey to Manchester Picadilly takes about 15 minutes. See the Metrolink website for more details.

For sporting events, travellers may also take the Metrolink, disembarking at Old Trafford station. This is located right next to the cricket ground, whilst the football ground is a 10-minute walk up the road. There are services every 6-12 minutes.

By bus

Number 69 buses will bring you to the Quays. They operate hourly between Mon-Sat 8AM-6PM. See for more details.

By train

For football fans, railway travel can be an excellent option: a dedicated station is right behind the football stadium's South stand, open only on matchdays: it is called Manchester United FC Halt station. Trains are provided by Northern Rail and there are about 5 or so services before and after the match to the mainline Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road stations. Tickets cost about £2.40 and the journey takes 10 minutes.


The award winning architecture of the Imperial War Museum North


The entrance to the Lowry
Old Trafford football stadium
  • The Manchester United Museum, located in the large North Stand of Old Trafford football stadium. This museum details the history of Manchester United from the very early days when they were known as Newton Heath through the golden era in the 60's when the team was known as the Busby Babes and won the European Cup. You can also explore the United history from the second golden era in the 90's when players like Beckham, Cantona, Giggs, and Schmeichel glittered an all-conquering team up to the present day when you have stars like Rooney, Ronaldo, and Van Nistelrooy all wearing the famous red top. Well worth a visit for fan and non-fan alike. If you go on a day when United are not playing at home, you will also get to go on a free stadium tour (the highlight of any fan's trip!) which takes you into the changing rooms, the dugout, and also the directors' box.



At the match

At the football stadium, refreshments are available at half time: crisps, KitKat chunkies, pies, Pepsi, tea and coffee. A meal deal, with tea/coffee, pack of crisps and KitKat, costs £2.80 approx. The culinary delights of Rusholme's curry mile are no more than 30 mins away.


At the match

Alcohol is not permitted in either the Old Trafford football or cricket grounds, and will be confiscated by stewards. There are, however, numerous bars and cafes in the district for pre- or post-match drinks.



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