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Renting In… Central Salford

Posted 31 July 2022 by Keith Osborne

The area of Salford Quays has become a fashionable and well-served place to live which now has a great range of high-quality new homes to rent. 

The area of Salford Quays has become a fashionable and well-served place to live which now has a great range of high-quality new homes to rent. 

Salford neighbours Manchester city centre but has held its own city status for nearly 100 years. A major manufacturing centre since before the Industrial Revolution, it saw decline over the 20th century but since the early 2000s it has undergone substantial investment and regeneration as a home for people and major businesses.

The City of Salford is part of Greater Manchester and is formed of five districts: Eccles, Irlam Cadishead, Pendlebury, Swinton and Worsley, with a total population now over 250,000 people.

It has also grown in popularity as a commercial hub and its plethora of contemporary-design offices are now home to the BBC, ITV and other broadcasting studios, production companies and facilities. It is also a popular base for a host of other digital and creative businesses. Kelloggs in another major brand with an HQ here, and there are many corporate finance and advisory companies too.

So, what are the things which are attracting people to the brand new homes in Salford?


Places to eat and drink

A host of big-name cafés, restaurants and pub chains are located in Salford and there are many notable, highly regarded independent destinations too. The best known include:

The Treehouse – A small café on Lower Broughton Road that is making a big name for itself for its atmosphere and staff service.

The Lamb Hotel – A listed Edwardian building in Eccles hosts a characterful, CAMRA award-winning real ale pub.

Pier Eight – A quayside restaurant/bar at The Lowry serving a lunch, afternoon tea or dinner offering seasonal British food.

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Salford’s cultural amenities reflect the diverse population and will appeal to a whole array of interests. The facilities include:

Salford Museum and Art Gallery – Exhibitions, events and school holiday activities.

Imperial War Museum North – Exhibition space offering an award-winning immersive experience.

The Lowry – The world’s largest collection of L S Lowry’s work, plus other exhibitions, theatre productions, workshops and activities.



The area has lots of fun things to offer to entertain people of all ages and interests:

Vue Manchester Quayside – A high-quality, seven-screen cinema.

Salford Arts Theatre – Plays, musicals, comedy and spoken-word performances as well as classes for aspiring performers.

The Kings Arms – A pub theatre off Chapel Street noted for its regular mix of comedy, improv, plays and live music.

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Sport and activities

A host of big-brand and independent gyms and fitness centres within and surrounding Salford Quays but there are many other places for sports fans to investigate.

Salford Watersports Centre – Located on Salford Quays, there are opportunities for all ages to enjoy and learn the likes of open water swimming, paddleboarding, sailing and kayaking, among others.

The Pitch – A sports facility in MediaCityUK which offers a floodlit all-weather pitch to enjoy five-a-side football or netball.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Jungle Challenge – Family fun navigating a series of themed obstacles and challenges.

Salford City Football Club – A League Two team co-owned by a number of former Manchester United players.

Worsley Park Golf Club – An 18-hole PGA Championship course



Manchester city centre is well-known for its exceptional range of shops but Salford itself also offers impressive options.

Salford Shopping Centre – Many major high street names are here alongside a variety of independent shops and cafés

West One Retail Centre – A number of major shops for food, toys, pet supplies and others, alongside some well-known eateries.

University of Salford


Salford has an extensive list of state schools rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted. In addition, there are other noted educational establishments including:

Bridgewater School – A well regarded independent school for 3- to 18-year-olds in the village of Worsley.

University Technical College (UTC) – A technical and creative college for 14-to 18-year-olds based in MediaCity with a focus on digital media and gaming, graphic design and TV and film production.

The University of Salford – Offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate courses, and apprenticeships.



Salford is a well-connected park of Greater Manchester.

There are numerous stops within the waterside district on the Metrolink tram service between Eccles and Ashton-under-Lyne, via Manchester city centre. It’s about 20 minutes into Piccadilly.

Salford Central station is served by lines which offer direct services into Manchester Victoria (just three minutes) and out to destinations including Blackburn, Wigan and Southport.

There are numerous bus services across the whole of the City of Salford, particular at hubs such as MediaCity, the Salford Shopping Centre, the museum and cathedral.

It’s around 20 minutes by road to Manchester Airport.

Greater Manchester is served by a host of A-roads and motorways, connecting directly with many other major towns and cities.


Build to Rent developments in and around Salford

Empyrean – 298 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments set across six blocks, directly opposite Green Grosvenor Park. Find out more here.

X1 Media City Tower One – A 26-storey tower in the heart of Media City with a range of studios to three-bedroom apartments. Find out more at www.x1lettings.com.

New Maker Yards – Situated in the heart of Middlewood Locks, a scheme of over 250 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Find out more at www.getliving.com.


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