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   Butted up against its larger neighbour, Manchester, the city of Salford sits astride the river Irwell. The town is generally regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, a period that was immortalised at the time by local artist L. S. Lowry in his most famous series of paintings.

These days his heritage is celebrated in the shape of 'The Lowry', an award-winning music and arts venue showcasing the artist's work that has transformed Salford's waterfront from its industrial past.

Much like Manchester, Salford made its name through shipping being, as it is, adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal, but nowadays the old docks have been converted to retail and residential areas creating a more gentrified, modern feel.

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