The Lowry houses the largest collection - 350; 100 on show - of paintings by Manchester-based artist L.S. Lowry (1887 – 1976) whose famous and accessible works depict vignettes of life in the industrial North in the first half of the 20th century. The Lowry was opened in 2000 in Salford, Manchester, as the vanguard of the area’s regeneration, and is a master-class in futuristic design and artistic interaction with the public, showcasing an ever changing program of events and exhibitions in its galleries, two main theatres and studio space.
The Lowry’s events include drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children's shows, popular music, jazz, folk and comedy with the aim of embracing the community and giving everyone access to new fields of creativity. This is in no small part facilitated by Lowry’s design that encourages expression while allowing visitors to discover and delight in the amenities within. Open ramps connect the foyers and gallery entrances, making a walkway around the building that is reflected in the surrounding waters of Salford Quays.
On the southern side of the Lowry visitors can refuel at the restaurant, cafes and bars that offer a vast array of dining choices, and in good weather, seating out onto the quayside with views over the Manchester Ship Canal.
An architectural and artistic triumph, the Lowry is a must see UK attraction and can form the locus of a rewarding and challenging day out with opportunities to rest, learn and create.
The Lowry opening times:
Open: Sun - Fri 11am; Sat 10am.
Close: Closing times daily 5pm.
Admission is free.
Getting to Lowry:
The Lowry is 10 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre, 20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport, and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network, giving access from all over the North West and beyond.
From the M60 take junction 12 for the M602. Salford Quays is a quarter of a mile from junction 3 of the M602. Follow the brown Lowry logo signs.
From Piccadilly to Salford Quays on the Preston, Blackpool line.
Exit at Oxford Road walk up Oxford Road towards St Peter's Square. At St Peter's Square board an Eccles tram, alighting at Harbour City.
69 - Eccles – Stretford
Buses that stop on Eccles New Road ( 20 mins walk to The Lowry ):
27 – Swinton – Manchester
25 – Bolton – Manchester
33 – Wigan – Manchester
Box Office Tel: 0843 208 6000