Two cultural attractions in Salford are delighted to report significant increases in visitor numbers between 2017-2018. The free entry attractions have also risen up the overall popular attractions leaderboard, which is compiled by Marketing Manchester.

Salford’s Ordsall Hall, a Tudor manor house located adjacent to The Quays and MediaCityUK, has reported an impressive increase in visitors from 24,260 in 2017 to 30,760 to the same period in 2018, which is a 27% increase.

Nearby, Salford Museum and Art Gallery has welcomed 6.48% more people through its doors from 2017 to 2018, going from 101,821 visitors to 108,417 annually.*

The venues, which are managed by Salford Community Leisure are at the heart of Salford’s communities and provide popular cultural days out for schools, families and individuals.

Ordsall Hall boasts an orchard and herb garden, a 450-year-old haunted bed, resident ghosts and a replica Tudor demonstration kitchen and Salford Museum and Art Gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions and a Victorian cobbled Street called Lark Hill Place. People can dress up as Victorians, watch demonstrations including Victorian wash-days and take part in many art, craft and cultural events throughout the year.

Both venues rely on donations to help support and enable them to host exhibitions, events and activities and offer free entry to all visitors.

Salford Community Leisure’s Chief Executive, Steve Hassall, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to hear of the significant increases in visitors to both venues. The museum staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to develop and promote interesting exhibitions and events that will appeal to a wide range of people. We were incredibly lucky in 2017/2018 to host an exhibition at the museum about Coronation Street’s Tony Warren’s early writing career as well as running a Royal Academy exhibition, which was a huge success.”

We have set up a partnership with Salford Museum and University of Salford as part of the ongoing cultural development of the Peel Park area, which has resulted in new exhibitions and events and Ordsall Hall has hosted a number of highly successful outdoor theatre shows and sell-out seasonal events. These have all played their part in the increasing popularity of these two excellent museums in Salford and to continue to welcome visitors old and new.”

Salford Community Leisure runs Salford Museum and Ordsall Hall by and for the people of Salford and beyond. As a registered charity, every penny raised goes towards keeping Salford’s cultural venues open for all to enjoy. Visitors can donate at the venues or by visiting our JustGiving page. For or more information, visit the Salford Community Leisure website.

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