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The Quays

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Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.5Facilities
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The Lowry is a mixed-use facility – part art gallery and part theater – contained in a modern steel and glass structure. You'll find everything from exhibitions showcasing the works of beloved British artist L.S. Lowry to a variety of rotating exhibits. While here, you can also attend comedy shows and contemporary dance performances. In addition to the visual and performing arts, the Lowry also has a restaurant, a bar and a coffee shop.

Recent visitors said the Lowry is a fascinating building. Others advised that lines can be long both for tickets and parking, so buying online ahead of time is a good idea.

You'll find the Lowry in the Salford Quays about 5 miles from the city center (accessible by the MediaCityUK Metrolink tram stop). The building is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. unless there is a performance when it stays open later. The galleries are open Sunday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Performance times and ticket prices vary; for more information on upcoming shows, visit the Lowry's website.

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