Situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, Salford's MediaCityUK is another addition to Manchester's post industrial revolution and makes a great day out for all the family.
Originally trumpeted as the BBC's new creative hub of the North, the 200 acre site developed by Peel Media known as MediaCityUK is also the home of ITV's Granada #Television and the University of Salford too. Famous programs such as Jeremy Kyle and BBC Breakfast Time are recorded daily in the studios and tickets are easy to get and free and being that MediaCityUK has its own tram stop, getting there is never a problem.
Currently, the BBC occupies three buildings on the site namely Quay House, Bridge House and Dock House. Among other BBC departments these buildings house BBC Sport and BBC Children's Programs with the famous Blue Peter garden lying adjacent to the tram stop. Eagle eyed viewers can watch live broadcasts of BBC Sport bulletins as they happen through the windows of Quay House and apparently at certain times of the day the public can access this building also.
With Christmas just around the corner MediaCityUK has installed an Ice Rink on the Piazza for those energetic enough or alternatively a hot beverage and something to eat can be had at The Lodge next door.
MediaCityUK is not only a place for business but a place to live as well. Online real estate portals are never short of advertisements trying to tempt people to buy apartments with a view, however, if you're not quite ready to part with so much cash yet a short stay in the Holiday Inn might be just what you need.
Shoppers are also in for a treat as well as MediaCityUK has its very own shopping mall named The Lowry Outlet. Designer brands and high street names are in abundance plus the food hall on the first floor caters for every taste.
If a more cerebral experience is your thing those wanting to learn can visit the Imperial War Museum North which is situated on the opposite side of the canal. Entry is free and there is a well-stocked gift shop brimming with souvenirs. Next to this ITV has recreated Coronation Street so if you're lucky you may well see a soap star too.
Although new phases are planned for MediaCityUK the site is now fully open and operational. It is well served by public transport and its owners are keen to organise seasonal events. However, whether it becomes as sacred as the studios it was originally intended to replace remains to be seen? #Celebrities