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The Lowry Centre

Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ.
Tel: 0843 208 6000. Box Office: 0161-876 2000. Fax: 0161-876 2001.
Group Bookings: 0161-876 2003. Email: Website:

See also:
L S Lowry

The Lowry at Salford Quays
The Lowry at Salford Quays.
Aerial Photograph Courtesy of © 2005

About the Lowry

The Lowry art gallery is set in the
heart of the regenerated Salford Quays. It is a highly original, distinctive
and unusual combination of stainless steel and glass. It has 2 theatres,
each with its own unique atmosphere, a Promenade and Galleries. The
interior of The Lowry covers an area larger than 5 football pitches.
It is located on what once was Pier 8, with the Manchester Ship Canal
still lying on two sides of its triangular site. The third side looks
out over the newly constructed square.

The Lowry - closeup 1Lowry in his SeventiesImperial War Museum North
Lowry FootbridgeThe Lowry - closeup 2The Lowry - General View
Above: various views of the Lowry, L S
Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North.
Below: the Lifting Footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal and
the IWMN silo.

The spectacular Lifting Footbridge
across the canal links The Lowry to Trafford Wharfside, Manchester
United Football Club and the Imperial
War Museum North
immediately opposite across the Lifting
As you might assume, most of the works of the local Salford painter,
Laurence Stephen Lowry are now housed here (formerly they were in
the Salford City Art Gallery).
But, the Lowry exhibits not only the paintings of Lowry, (though its
permanent collection is extensive) but contemporary art exhibitions
as well. There are also on-site bookshops, restaurants and bars. The
circular wraparound walkways also provide a welcome opportunity to
make excursions around the building complex with its spectacular views
and interesting changing exhibitions.

The Sculpture of Lowry in Sam's Chop House Restaurant in Manchester city centre - one of Lowry's favourite ghaunts.
The bronze sculpture of Lowry, seated
at the bar in Sam’s Chop House Restaurant in Manchester city centre
– one of Lowry’s favourite haunts.

Opening times at the Lowry

The Lowry is open all day, every day
from 10.00am until late, with early closing at 6.00pm on Sundays and
Mondays when there are no theatre performances.
The Galleries are open from 11.00am Sunday-Friday and on Saturday
from 10.00am. Closing times Sunday-Wednesday 5.00pm (later on theatre
nights) and Thursay-Saturday at 7.30pm. Times may change – please
check before setting off.

Guided Tours of the Lowry Centre

Tours commence in the galleries, with
the Making of The Lowry exhibition. When possible tours include access
to back stage areas, and the L.S. Lowry archives. Price £2.00 per
person (but prices may change – enquire first). Tours take place daily
(subject to demand and availability) and must be pre-booked.

Getting to the Lowry

The nearest train stations are Salford
Crescent, Salford Central, Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria.
Take the Metrolink from Manchester stations to Broadway or Harbour
City tram stops. The following bus numbers all stop on Trafford Road
which is 20 minutes walk from The Lowry:
51 & 52 half hourly services, 71, 73 & M11 hourly services 92 evenings
only, on Sundays (daytime) this service passes the doors of The Lowry.

For more information about bus, train and Metrolink services ring
0161 228 7811
Arriving by Car/Coach:
About a half mile from the M602 and the regional motorway network
and only 20 minutes drive away from Manchester Airport. Covered parking
(paying) available for up to 700 cars is available on site.

Facilities at the Lowry

  • Tower Café: Open daily from 10.00am.
  • Quays Bar-Café: Open daily from 11am
    – food available from 12noon-7pm (varies on performance days).
  • Hexagon Bar: Open daily Mon-Sat 11am-11pm. Sunday
    12noon-6.00pm (10.30pm on performance nights).
  • The Lowry Restaurant: Lunch served daily from
    12noon-3pm. Dinner served Tues-Sat from 5pm-10pm.
    Closed Sunday and Monday evenings except on performance evenings.
    To book a table in the Restaurant or to enquire about the Lowry’s
    catering facilities tel: 0161-876 2121.
  • The Lowry is fully accessible
    to disabled people and to wheelchairs. Please contact the Box
    Office with special requests on 0161-876 2000.

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