Queen Victoria, free parks, the Beano, Marxism, street lighting, Vimto… oh! and a certain Mr Lowry. There’s more to Salford than its favourite son and those matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs. This a self-guided walk along Chapel Street from Blackfriars Bridge to Peel Park.
The linear urban walk explores Chapel Street, which was the first street in the United Kingdom to be lit by gas way back in 1806. It is also one of the main roads in the country, forming part of the A6 from London to Glasgow.
Today it is home to artists’ studios, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Salford, fine pubs and restaurants, and an ever-increasing number of businesses and brand-new residences, meaning this historic area has an equally bright future.
As well as the main walk, visitors also have the option of exploring the lovely Peel Park afterwards.
Accessibility and facilities
According to the walk guide, the terrain is easy going along the road, suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Note that we have not checked conditions on the ground.
There are pubs and cafes en route and a café and toilets within the Salford Museum and Gallery at the end.
How to get there
The walk starts at Blackfriars Bridge on the border of Manchester and Salford city centres, not far from either Exchange Square Metrolink station or Salford Central train station. It finishes at Salford Museum and Gallery, on the campus of the University of Salford, from where there are frequent bus services and also easy access to the nearby Salford Crescent train station.
To work out how to get to and from the walk start point and end point, simply click the Google Maps links on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.