Take a read of our top 10 things to do whilst at MediaCityUK. From swimming in The Quays to sipping on champagne at afternoon tea, there really is something for everyone!
MediaCityUK is the place that Drumbeat calls as home. We’ve been situated in The Greenhouse for just over 2 years now, meaning that we’ve got to know the site pretty well. The development is renowned for housing two of the UK’s largest broadcasting companies, ITV and BBC, along with the University of Salford and a crowd of SMEs. As well as harbouring a close-knit network of organisations, the waterfront hub also offers plenty of restaurants, bars and activities to trial. If you haven’t visited in a while or you’re a complete newbie to the scene, take a read of our list of the top 10 things to do whilst at MediaCityUK.
1. Go behind-the-scenes of a TV show
MediaCityUK is home to some of the nation’s most loved television shows, including Match of the Day, Master Mind, Blue Peter and A Question of Sport. Now wouldn’t it be cool to feature in the audience of one of your favourite productions? Well, at MediaCityUK… You can! Or, if you’d rather keep out of the spotlight, you can take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the BBC on their interactive tour. This unique experience will provide you with access to some of the most exciting areas of the BBC and an insight into the fascinating world of TV and radio.
2. Grab yourself a bite to eat
Whether you fancy a light bite, afternoon tea or some Japanese cuisine, MediaCityUK boasts an assortment of restaurants which are sure to satisfy every palate. With well-known brands, like CAU, Wagamama and Prezzo, and quirky independents, like Nutri Bar and Pokusevski + Catena, you’ll be faced with so much choice that you could very easily eat out for breakfast, lunch, tea and a few snacks in between.
3. Have a drink (or two!)
If you’re in need of a drink (or two!) then The Dockyard is the perfect place to visit, offering a vast array of cask, craft and draught. If beer isn’t usually your pick and you prefer a glass of prosecco or a cocktail, then take yourself over to On The 7th, The Alchemist or The Botanist… You may even catch a glimpse of one of the many celebs that regularly visit MediaCityUK.
4. Take part in a kickabout on The Pitch
Burn off the drinks and nibbles with a bit of exercise on The Pitch, a sporting facility that offers a floodlit, all-weather pitch to enjoy a game of 5-aside football or netball on. Positioned amongst MediaCityUK’s many office blocks, The Pitch offers a unique environment to engage in your favourite sport, whether it be with your friends, colleagues or sports team.
5. Take a tour of the place
Explore MediaCityUK from the water and take a trip along the Manchester Ship Canal, the waterway that forged Manchester’s industrial heritage. ‘The Quays’ Adventure’ by Manchester River Cruises departs from outside the Lowry Theatre, just underneath the Millennium footbridge. Lasting for around 60 minutes, this leisurely tour covers iconic Mancunian landmarks such as MediaCityUK itself and Old Trafford, Manchester United’s football stadium. If water isn’t your thing, then explore by foot on the Salford Quays Heritage Trail.
6. Watch a show at the Lowry Theatre
Take a 5-minute stroll over to the Lowry Theatre and watch one of the many productions that take place in the striking waterside establishment. From dramas, operas and ballets to children’s shows, musicals and comedies, there’s something for everyone at this world-class arts centre. If you’re a performer yourself, then look out for the thousands of free participation opportunities that the Lowry that run each year.
7. Learn something new at the Imperial War Museum
Learn something new and visit the Imperial War Museum North, the first Imperial War Museum to be located in the North of England. This iconic site offers an action-packed cultural calendar and with free admission for all ages, there’s no reason to not give the IWMN a visit! Even if you don’t fancy popping inside, it’s still worth going to take a look at the building’s award-winning architecture.
8. Find yourself a bargain at the Lowry Outlet Mall
Just over the way from MediaCityUK is the Lowry Outlet Mall, a shopping centre that offers up to 70% on high street and designer goods all year round. Home to a range of fashion, home wear and cosmetic stores, you’ll be sure to find a bargain that you love. If the Lowry Outlet Mall doesn’t meet your needs, then head over to Booths or WHSmith for any extras that you may require.
9. Watch the latest blockbuster at Vue Cinema
If it’s a grey and drizzling day then head over to VUE cinema, a vibrant multiplex located inside of the Lowry Outlet Mall. Showcasing all of the latest box-office releases, this seven-screen cinema is the perfect day-out for any film lover. If you’re celebrating or just want to treat yourself, upgrade to Gold Class for extra comfy leather seats, complimentary popcorn and even a private bar! Plus, with any VUE ticket, you will receive four complimentary hours of parking.
10. Soak up the atmosphere!
Here at Drumbeat, one of our favourite pastimes at MediaCityUK is taking a stroll and simply soaking up the atmosphere. All of the incredible developments that have taken place over the past few years have seen MediaCityUK transform from a relatively quiet complex, into a bustling and booming media hub with quirky perks that you could not encounter elsewhere. There’s the opportunity to take a dip in The Quays at Uswim or fly across the water on a ringo ride, take an outdoor exercise class, or getting to stroke thousands of pooches at the world-famous Pugfest – now where else could you possibly experience that?