Top Things To Do In Salford

Your go to guide for activities and trips in Salford.

Salford is a city in its own right and consists of many different areas for you to explore with your family. Salford Quays, for example, has seen a meteoric rise in popularity since MediaCity became home to the BBC. Other popular points of interest include Monton and Worsley, which both sit beside the Bridgewater canal and make a great day for exploring on the bikes.

Here are our top picks for things to do in Salford:

Parks and play areas:

Buile Hill Park

There are so many fantastic outdoor spaces for children to play. Here are our top three parks and play areas:

Clifton Country Park is a fantastic park in Swinton and the Fairy Tale Trail here is one of my families firm favourites. Follow the lake path and you will be greeted by a whole host of carved sculptures

Buile Hill Park is a Grade II listed Park and Gardens and is one of the largest and most popular parks in the City. There are regular fairs held within the park and the firework displays on Bonfire night is one of the best around. Rumour has it that this park inspired the book 'The Secret Garden'

Peel Park is named in honour of the former Prime Minister; Sir Robert Peel. The park itself includes a play area, sports pitches and sculptures which form part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. Salford Museum and Art Gallery is also situated within the park

Soft play centres:

Play Kidds

Perfect for a rainy day, here are our top soft play centres in Salford:

The Funhouse is a children's soft play and party centre in Swinton. They have climbing frames, slides, go-karts, a balloon room and a smaller area for young children. It also features a sensory room to boost and stimulate light and sound

Play Kidds is also in Swinton and this soft play boasts a fantastic three tier play structure for children to explore. They also hold a 'Mini Movers' session every week during term time to develop gross motor skills

Child friendly places to eat:


Salford has recently seen a growth in cafes aimed at families and here are our top three:

Bambino has recently opened in Worsley and is a family owned business that puts children at the heart of everything they do. The events programme has recently expanded and the crafting sessions and baby first aid sessions are not to be missed

Tranquilitea is situated in Swinton and is a great vintage cafe with a whole host of cakes and treats available. The cafe itself has a fab kids corner full of toys to keep the little ones entertained and so it gives adults a perfect opportunity to sit back and relax

Ziferblat is an unusual one in that instead of charging you for what you eat or drink, you are asked to pay for your time. With a whole host of food and beverages to help yourself to it works out very cost effective. They are incredibly accommodating and friendly

Attractions and places of interest:

The Imperial War Museum

There are so many interesting places to explore with the family. Our firm favourites are:

Ordsall Hall is a historic house and former stately home in Ordsall and it dates back more than 750 years. It is a fantastic place to explore with children and they hold regular events, crafts and exhibitions within the grounds. One of our favourite trips here was having a picnic in the gardens and watching 'The Smartest Giant in Town'

The Imperial War Museum is situated in Salford Quays and makes for an educational day out. The whole building was designed to enhance the stories within and seeks to give visitors a multisensory experience of war. The building itself represents a shattered globe that has been put together

Salford Museum and Art Gallery opened as the UK's first free public library and is now home to a museum and art gallery. Within the museum they have a Victorian street called Lark Hill place for people to explore and they also host regular craft sessions for children

Lark Hill Place at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Keep fit and sporting activities:

There are so many things to do in Salford to keep fit it was hard to pick the best ones, but, here they are:

Sling Swing Manchester is a great dance class that you can enjoy with your baby. They have regular classes at Monton Methodist Church and the Angel Centre and they are a fantastic way to bond with your child

The AJ Bell Stadium is home to the Salford Red Devils and watching a game is a must for any sports enthusiasts. The foundation also does lots of work within the community and hold regular fairs and family fun days for all to get involved in

Manchester Academy of Gymnastics is a registered charity based in Eccles that seeks to promote an inclusive sporting organisation. They offer all kinds of sporting provision and classes, including; gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, dance, martial arts and yoga

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