Castlefield can be found on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal at the end of Deansgate. The area was designated as a conservation area in 1980 and in 1982 was named as the United Kingdom’s first designated Urban Heritage Park. It was the site of the Roman era fort of Mamucium or Mancunium which gave its name to Manchester and a partial reconstruction of the fort is on display to the public.
There is a good selection of bars and restaurants in Castlefield. In the summer Duke 92’s and The Wharf both have large outdoor spaces overlooking the canal and often have BBQ’s. Alberts Shed is a popular restaurant serving a variety of types of dishes. Round the corner on Deansgate is Dimitris, a Greek restaurant and tapas bar with live music on the weekends. Opposite you will find Evuna, an award winning wine and Spanish Tapas bar. Atlas bar opposite the station is a Manchester icon having been open for over two decades.
Aside from food and drink Castlefield is home to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. With no charge for entry the Science Museum is always a hit with children and big kids!
Residential development in Castlefield comprises mostly of Apartments or Flats, both new builds and warehouse conversions. The population tends to be more professional tenants and owner occupiers.
The free Metroshuttle bus service has several stops in Castlefield and connects the area with City Centre. There is also a train station just next to Atlas Bar and a Metrolink Tram stop above nearby Deansgate Locks.
Ian Brown of Manchester’s Stone Roses is once quoted as saying ‘Manchester has everything except a Beach’ well maybe not back in the 90’s but for the last few summers Castlefield has been home to the city’s first artificial beach. Playing host to beach bars and just next door to the Castlefield Bowl, and outdoor music venue that has played host to home grown bands such as The Courteeners along with acts such as Paolo Nutini.
Follow Slate Wharf to the Canal Side and you will find a large area of greenery. Whilst it is not officially a park, it is always busy when the sun is out. It is worth having a walk along the canal side and watching the canal boats.