University of Salford Manchester

Unearthing Salford

We're proud Salfordians and we can't wait to welcome you to our wonderful city.

Salford is a vibrant, modern and culturally growing place and yet we boast a history and heritage that other cities could only dream of.

And on the doorstep of Manchester, the UK's Second City, there are no shortage of options outside of your studies to engage in - from pubs and clubs to museums and galleries.


Salford Museum and Art Gallery

The UK's first free public library was opened in January 1850 and later that year was converted into a museum. Based on our wonderful Peel Park campus, it provides the perfect respite from your studies to go and grab a coffee whilst learning a little bit about Salford!

Imperial War Museum North

Located just on the other side of the Quays to our Media City campus, the Imperial War Museum North exhibits a chronological display of how the north has coped in wartime. The museum, opened in 2002, also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions.

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

If you fancy an exploration into Chinese culture, then the CCCA, based in the Northern Quarter, is well worth a visit. The aims of the programme include making Chinese culture free of stereotype and more accessible to its audiences.

Manchester Art Gallery

Another free-to-enter gallery located in the middle of Manchester, the Manchester Art Gallery plays host to over 25,000 unique objects of fine art, decorative art and costume art. The gallery also holds many vibrant and eclectic exhibitions all year round.


This modern theatre and performance art venue is a merger of Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company. Based not far from Manchester student hotspot Oxford Road, if you're into your independent and radical art, you'll be more than at HOME here.

Museum of Science and Industry

You've not fully immersed yourself in the city until you've done the MOSI! This free-to-enter museum offers a fun-filled afternoon for all ages with its collection of scientific, technological and industrial gizmos and artifacts.



Manchester was propelled into the centre of the music universe during the peak of the ‘Madchester' music scene in the 1990s. Bands such as the ‘Stone Roses' and ‘Oasis', as well as Salford's own 'The Smiths', ‘Joy Division' and ‘Happy Mondays' confirmed that the area is a melting pot for pop culture and up-and-coming bands.

Salford Lads' Club

Made famous through that iconic 'The Smiths' image, Salford Lads' Club is a tourist hotspot and pulls in thousands of visitors each year - it's pretty impossible not to take a snap of yourself outside. To this day, the club hosts community events and remains focused on promoting the heritage of Salford.


The must-attend music festival in the city, Parklife happens but once a year in Heaton Park, north of the city. The two-day event offers mainly a dance style of music. Bring a rain coat and a brolly though, just in case.


Situated in the back streets of Manchester you'll find this not-so-hidden gem. Having been open for over 25 years, Night and Day have offered a stage for many household indie names to launch their musical career.

If guitar music doesn't hit the right note for you then you can always visit one of the multiple concert venues that we have in the city. The Bridgewater Hall is the main venue for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and has a capacity of 2,400. There is also the Manchester Opera House where at Christmas time you can even pop down for a bit of Panto!

Salford's past is rich and diverse.

You can trace our history back to 923 AD as a village sitting on the banks of the River Irwell in the ancient county of Salfordshire.

Ordsall Hall, a former Tudor mansion in Salford, is believed to have been built in the 15th century and thought to be the setting for the Guy Fawkes story! Its current incarnation is a stately home, with ghosts rumoured to still roam the corridors!

Fast forward to the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution brought with it both a baby, textile and economy boom as our then close-knit, rural village seemingly exploded into life overnight.

Bigger things still were to come for Salford when the Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894. The construction of the world's largest navigation canal made trading of goods to Liverpool much more efficient and cemented Salford as a key player in the shipping industry.

And while that name no longer sticks, due to the deindustrialisation of trading on the Ship Canal, we have had many other achievements to shout about.

We became the first city to have an unconditionally free library and also claim to have the world's first public park, both located on our very own Peel Park!

On 10 February 1967, the Royal College of Advanced Technology became the University of Salford when Her Majesty the Queen handed over the Royal Charter. Meaning it's time to party because the University of Salford turns 50 in 2017!

Imperial War Museum North opened in Salford in 2002 overlooking the Ship Canal, providing us with an opportuning to explore our history and heritage deeper than ever before.

In 2011, the BBC opened its Media CityUK base on the banks of the Quays. In October of that year we planted our flag in the ground there and set up shop too. We are the only university to have a campus at Media CityUK.

And so, that's Salford in short. Why don't you become a part of our history and the reason we have to add another paragraph to this page?

Football is the passion for many round here, it is a way of life that often transcends sport.

The University Students' Union sells tickets for some Manchester City and Manchester United matches, available from University House.

If you’re not so much into football, however, Salford and Manchester have much, much more to offer.

The University of Salford has strong links with Lancashire County Cricket Club; so if you’re a budding cricketer, you’ll have access to their state-of-the-art facilities and the chance to attend matches.

We also have strong affiliations with Sale Sharks rugby union side and also ice-hockey outfit Manchester Storm.

The home of British cycling, the National Cycling Centre, is based over in Sport City. The track was used by Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team GB in preparation for their wonderful successes in cycling events in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Why not get on your bike for a lap or two?!

Tennis is also a regular pastime here, the great Fred Perry grew up in nearby Stockport and he’s left a lasting legacy, with the Regional Tennis Centre at Sport City a great place to create a racket of your own.

Fancy a splash? There’s the Manchester Aquatics Centre over on Oxford Road. It’s an Olympic standard pool, but don’t worry, you won’t be expected to be an Olympic standard swimmer!

Or if you like the idea of jumping for joy on and off your course, there’s a number of trampoline parks based around Manchester including Go Air and Jump Nation.

And if you’re looking for somewhere affordable and convenient, let’s not forget our very own Sports Centre. With its gym, pool, sauna and climbing walls, there are ample activities to engage in on campus!