Exploring the quays – Manchester

Last month I took a trip to Manchester to attend the BlogOnX blogging conference and after being a Man United fan for the best part of 30 years the trip was long overdue. I didn’t manage to catch a game while there but I was right next door in the plush Hotel Football having a blast with lots of other lovely bloggers.

During the trip we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel down the road from the stadium and decided to make a weekend of it as it was a bank holiday. With our train booked for Monday evening we decided to explore the local area before making our way back to the station.

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After passing the iconic Old Trafford and the canal that runs down the side of it we made our way towards the Salford Quays as we noticed that the Imperial War Museum North was situated next to the river.

When we reached the quays it reminded me a bit of the docklands in London with it’s swanky riverside apartments and lots of glass buildings. The Salford Quays are home to Media city UK, the Lowry shopping mall and a number of other attractions and restaurants.

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We thought it was rather quiet for such a glorious day by the river but after crossing the bridge we realised everyone was on the other side enjoying the sunshine and their lunch on the lush green and taking a dip in a part of the river that had been sectioned off for swimmers.

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If I hadn’t been staying nearby I probably wouldn’t have thought to visit this part of the city and would have looked for attractions in the centre of town, but I’m glad I did as it was a lovely relaxing weekend without all the hustle and bustle of the crowds.

 

27 thoughts on “Exploring the quays – Manchester

  1. I understand why it reminded you of the dock lands. I can see the resemblance 🌟Did you join the swimmers? Thank you for linking up to #pointshoot 📷

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  2. Really interesting to read this. I’ve always wondered what the Salford Quays area looked like now that there are so many TV studios there. Looks well worth a visit. #citytripping

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  3. The quays really do look like London’s Docklands! If there’s one thing that I love about the British people it’s that they know how to enjoy the sunshine. Once the sun is out, they all flock to commons and parks to soak it in with friends and family. #CityTripping

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  4. I’ve been to Manchester a few times but only to Trafford Centre. However, I did go to an event once and I went to a blogging conference, near the stadium another time too and it looked lovely there. #KCACOLS

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  5. I’m always amazed by how modern Manchester always appears, particularly with regards to its bridges. I mean, surely they seemed incredibly futuristic when they were built – and they still look very futuristic to me! I’m surprised to learn that you can actually swim in the river, too! #Citytripping

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    1. It is very futuristic in this area! I am surprised people were swimming in the river, it wasn’t the cleanest water I’ve seen but I suppose we are not too used to the heat so we have to cool off somehow! 🙂

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  6. We went to BlogOnX too but stayed in the city centre and explored the vintage fashion outlets. Wish we’d visited the Quays as it looks glorious in the sunshine x #MondayEscapes x

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  7. The weather was gorgeous that weekend wasn’t it. Looks like you had fun exploring, hope you enjoyed Blog On X. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

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  8. This looks lovely! I have been in Manchester only once but went only for a blogging conference so I didn’t have the chance to explore but I would definitely want to come back and explore the city properly. The photos look lovely! Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂 xx #kcacols

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  9. It’s been far too long since I’ve had a wander around Manchester. I think it’s four years since I was there for a work event and I didn’t have any free time at all. I’d love to linger in some of these places you enjoyed. What a treat! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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    1. I have been blogging for over 5 years and it was my first experience of a conference. They are great for meeting other bloggers and attending workshops to pick up some new skills. I’m sure lots of other bloggers wrote posts about it if you look up BlogOnX on twitter 😊

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