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.
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 Footbridge. 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 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: Train/Tram/Bus: 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.