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The City of Salford lies within the metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in the north west of England and lies in a meander of the River Irwell which forms part of its boundary with the City of Manchester to the east. Salford grew to become a major factory during the 18th and 19th centuries specialising on cotton and silk spinning in the local mills which attracted many families which in turn enhanced the economy of the city. Additionally, Salford Docks was an important dock on the Manchester Ship Canal, which connected Manchester to the Mersey Estuary.
The area that was home to Salford Docks fell into disrepair following the demise of the docks. However, following a period of regeneration the area, now known as Salford Quays, is home to many hotels, apartments, museums, bars and restaurants. Some of the more well known inhabitants of Salford Quays are the MediaCityUK, home of the BBC and The Lowry Centre which is a gallery and theatre centre. Its name taken from the prominent early 20th century artist L.S. Lowry, who lived and worked in Salford and its surrounding areas for more than 40 years.
Notable people from Salford include Emmeline Pankhurst who was one of the founders of the suffragette movement.
Located in South Yorkshire, the city of Sheffield is a major industrial, cosmopolitan and cultural centre known for its green spaces, galleries and sporting facilities. It is also known throughout the world for its cutlery. The city lies mainly in South Yorkshire with Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to the west, south and east respectively.
Sheffield's city centre has seen significant work done to prioritise pedestrian access, including, amongst other things, excellent links from the railway station to the city centre and a comprehensive city-centre map and signage system. Most things to see and do can be reached on foot. Sheffield walking directions can be planned online with the walkit.com walking route planner.
The Millennium Galleries is free to enter and is an important attraction in the city. The Craft and Design Gallery displays the work of past and present craftsmen and designers. The Metalwork Gallery shows Sheffield's metal industries and the Ruskin Gallery hosts the collection of the Guild of St George. The Special Exhibition Gallery hosts touring exhibitions from galleries like the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Victoria Quays, previously known as the Canal Basin, is an attractive basin straddled by a warehouse and colourful narrowboats to look at. From Victoria Quays it is possible to follow the Sheffield and Tinsley canal towpath to Meadowhall Shopping Centre which is roughly 6.5km away.