Enjoy a cultural day out at The Lowry

Salford, Greater Manchester

Take a stroll around The Lowry’s gallery filled with 350 paintings and drawings on display before catching a performance in one of its theatres.

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The Salford that L.S. Lowry depicted in his paintings is a far cry from the modern city you’ll see today. Salford Quays is awash with silver and glass, the sunlight glinting off the aluminium of The Lowry gallery – designed by James Stirling to look like a ship. Inside, the bright and welcoming space contrasts with the artist’s industrial scenes of Salford and Manchester – and of course his famous “stick-men”.

There are 350 paintings and drawings on display, including Peel Park and Going To The Match. But art takes many forms round here and the Lowry’s two theatres also host dance troupes, comedy and opera, too. For something more sobering, head across the Manchester Ship Canal to the Imperial War Museum.

Beyond the modern visage, you’ll find the field gun that fired the British Army’s opening shot of the First World War – and a rare Soviet T-34 tank. But if you’d rather do battle with your credit card, then check out the nearby Lowry Outlet Mall – where brands such as Molton Brown, Gap and Whistles are available at up to 60% off. Bargain.

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