Free Virtual Tour of Castlefield
Castlefield was the site of the Roman era fort of Mamucium (or Mancunium), which gave its name to Manchester, protected by the Rivers Irwell and Medlock, and remains now only in ruins. It’s also home to the world’s first industrial canal, Bridgewater Canal, built in 1764 and followed by the oldest canal warehouse in 1779. Regeneration of Castlefield begun in 1972,. Most of the area’s historic canals and buildings were derelict by 1979, and £40m was invested into the regeneration of Castlefield in 1983 to become Britain’s first Urban Heritage Park. Today, most of the buildings have been renovated and restored, transforming Castlefield into a popular hub of urban life, packed with modern apartments, bars and restaurants in a tranquil setting, whilst managing to retain some of its fascinating history with its network of canals and old mills.
Things to do in Castlefield
Visiting Castlefield is all about exploring it’s beautiful scenery and discovering its history, but there’s still plenty of things to do in the area to keep you entertained. As the area was renovated, it began to attract more tourists and the following sights were developed…
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI is a large museum dedicated to the development of science, technology and industry displayed in the most fascinating way. There’s tons of history to be discovered here, and plenty of interactive activities to keep the kids entertained. There’s no entrance fee and it always proves to be a popular attraction for the whole family. read more
On a (rare) sunny day in Manchester, it’s unlikely that you’ll walk past Dukes 92 without finding the beer garden packed with locals basking in the glorious sunshine. It’s one of the most popular bars in Castlefield, and offers a great selection of food and drinks in a stunning location. read more
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Just outside of Castlefield, with easy access to the Metrolink stop, is HOME Manchester – one for the international contemporary art, theatre and film enthusiasts. If you’ll be in the area, it’s worth checking out what shows, performances and workshops are taking place here for a true theatrical experience. read more
Outdoor music venue Castlefield bowl has played host to a number of packed out gigs from bands and artists such as The Courteeners, Noel Gallagher, The Charlatans and many more, including their yearly ocurence Summer in the City. It’s one of the more intimate music venues in Manchester, with a capacity of 8,000 people, but makes for a great atmosphere and is well worth a visit if there’s a gig lined up that you fancy. read more
Facts about Castlefield
The area gets its name from the settlement’s position below the former Roman fort and is a contracted version of the earlier name; Castle-in-the-field.
The roman fort was built near a crossing place on the River Medlock, around AD 79.
At Liverpool Road railway station here, the world’s first passenger railway terminated in 1830.
The first railway warehouse was opened here in 1831
In July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal arrived in Castlefield, and was joined by The Rochdale Canal at Lock 92. read more
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