Studying in Salford not only means you're a stone's throw away from Manchester city centre, but you're also in easy reach of a more tranquil alternative, with nature quite literally on our doorstep.
So whether it's a picnic in Peel Park or an adventure a little further afield, accessing the countryside or taking some headspace from your studies couldn't be easier (and let's face it, exploring the outdoors has been our saviour for the last year!)
Take a look below to discover scenic beauty spots close by.
Situated right on our doorstep, Peel Park has been recently renovated and sits adjacent to Peel Park campus, on the flood plain of the River Irwell.
It's a green haven for students looking to escape city life, bringing tranquility to the concrete structures of the buildings that surround it. Perfect for a jog, picnic in the summer months or a stroll through when you head to your next lecture.
Peel Park has also been the subject of paintings by famous Salford artist, L.S Lowry, which adds to the historical beauty of this open garden landscape.
Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, also located on our Peel Park campus, sits next to Peel Park and is a great art venue to explore in your free time. Situated on the lower ground floor of the museum is Lark Hill Place - a recreation of a typical Victorian street - and what's more, it's free to visit.
Inside there's also a café, providing another option for lunch with friends.
RHS Garden Bridge water
New to 2021, RHS Garden Bridgewater based in Worsley, Salford, is said to be "Europe's biggest hands-on horticultural project", bringing 154 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens to the area. It's only a 15 minute drive from our main campus, so you can explore at your leisure.
Visit the RHS website for more information.
Take it from them
Don't take it from us: hear what our students have to say about getting out and about in Salford and Manchester over on our student blog, Made in Salford.
Start with India's blog: Top 5 days out from Salford Crescent train station.
Things to do: outdoor swimming
Hear from student blogger Rhys as he explores outdoor swimming in the Quays over at MediaCityUK.
Making the most of the sun in Manchester and Salford
Salford student Hollie gives some top tips on places to go when the sun appears in Manchester - make a note for those not-so-rainy days!
A walker's guide to Salford
John explores some of Salford's most popular (and picturesque) walking routes for those days you feel like escaping the city.
Also a 15-minute car journey from our main campus is Heaton Park, a large country park with open grass spaces, an animal centre, cafè and forest home to an abundance of grey squirrels.
With over 600 acres of parkland, Heaton Park has also been the host of events such as Parklife Festival, a popular Indie and Dance music festival that has seen the likes of Cardi B, Dave, George Ezra and Mark Ronson perform on its stages. The festival is set to return to Heaton Park in September 2021.
So, when you become a student here, you'll not only have a scenic space to escape to - but also one of the UK's most popular music festivals to enjoy every year.
You'll be just shy of a two hour drive away from the heart of the Lake District, Windermere, when you study with us. Perfect for rambling, walking, cycling and exploring the breathtaking views of the rolling mountains in one of Britains most scenic hotspots.
Image location: Buttermere, Lake District.
Similar to the Lake District, the Peak District is a walker's paradise and has equally stunning views and scenic routes to explore. A little closer to home, it takes just under an hour to reach the heart of the Peak District, leaving you with plenty of time to explore the countryside.
Image location: Bamford Edge, Peak District.