The Manchester Ship Canal though popular in its hay day had to eventually close down due to containerization and space issues. However the various Councils realised the potential of this picturesque area and lost no time in converting it into an arts and culture area replete with other attractions renowned internationally.
This area – known as the quays – encompasses the Trafford Wharf, Old Trafford and Salford Quay. It is thus managed by Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council and Salford City Council.
The first iconic arts venue created here is called the Lowry Project. This includes the quay theatre with its 466 seats, the Lyric Theatre with 1730 seats, gallery and studio spaces and last but not least a centre showcasing the work of its namesake – L.S.Lowry.
Apart from this arts centre, the area plays host to a number of retail and theatre outlets as well as famous sports grounds. In keeping with its continuous evolving nature, the Quays host a variety of extraordinary events around the year, in the likes of a Santa Jog, Ordshall Ghost Hunting, the University Boat Race, fun fairs and fireworks.
The waterfront property provides an idyllic background in which to enjoy a meal and to simply relax. Its location means that many residential complexes sprout up. With the move of BBC to pier 9 (some of its branches) and the launch of the Media City, the Quays will certainly develop business wise as well.
Landmark sporting events held at the Quays, like the International Triathlon Union World Cup together with the water sports centre, make the Quays an even more important venue.
Visitors to UK and especially to Manchester should not miss out on visiting the Quays on their next visit. If such visitor seeks a Manchester England hotel, then the Copthorne Hotel Manchester, with its proximity to the Quays and central location, is one of the best Manchester hotels to base yourself from.