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 will soon be home to a large portion of the BBC, creating one of the biggest media cities around.
Reachable by the metro tram system from central Manchester, get a tram (line M2) heading to Eccles and disembark at either Exchange Quay, Salford Quays, Anchorage, Harbour City (for the Imperial War Museum North) or MediaCityUK. See www.gmpte.com for more details.
The award winning architecture of the Imperial War Museum North
Imperial War Museum.  (free admission). The Imperial War Museum in London contains tanks, guns, planes, and uniforms to delight all visitors. The Northern experience is full of videos of old people talking about rationing. The building itself, however, is visually very striking, so combine it with a trip to the Lowry for a feel of modern architecture.
The Lowry. This is an art gallery and very modern theatre. The gallery contains an impressive selection of works including, unsurprisingly, a large selection of works by L.S. Lowry. The building is very modern and was designed to encourage exploration (according to the architect). He made the building widen and deepen from the entrance and refused to have any signs for the toilets! It's also in Salford, but don't let that worry you. Use the tram, about fifteen minutes out from the city center.
The entrance to the Lowry
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.
The Lowry Outlet Mall offering reduced prices on brand name products all-year round.
The Trafford Centre is a bit further out from the Quays, but it will satisfy all your shopping needs for the next year or so!
The Manchester United Superstore, Sir Matt Busby Way (the other side of the Manchester Ship Canal)  is a good place to stock up on anything you could possibly want Man United wise! Just don't expect any bargains.
Copthorne Hotel Clippers Quay, Salford Quays, tel: +44 161 873 7321, (email: email@example.com, fax:+44 161 873 7318)  Four star hotel. Good, decent sized bedrooms. (Rooms from £55)
Manchester Whitehouse Hotel Liverpool Street, Salford, tel: +44 845 456 6399. Three star hotel. (Rooms from £55)
Old Trafford Lodge, Lancashire County Cricket Ground, (just off A56) tel: +44 0161 874 3333 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org fax: +44 0161 874 3399)  Situated in Lancashire County Cricket Club's Old Trafford cricket ground. About a 10 minute walk from the Quays. (Rooms from £48)
Ramada Salford Quays, 17 Trafford Road, tel: 0161 876 5305 (email: email@example.com)  Located in the heart of Salford Quays within walking distance of Old Trafford and Media City.
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