Spotlight on Castlefield Manchester

It is said that the greatest secrets are found in the most unlikely of places. I know I have found this to be true. You find a great little restaurant on a back street or a quaint coffee shop just off the beaten track. Although Castlefield lies on the edge of Manchester city centre and away from a lot of footfall, it is probably the city’s worst kept secret.

Thanks to regeneration and word of mouth, Castlefield is one of Manchester’s most historic areas and one of the most popular. It is an extremely sought after neighbourhood to live in and to experience Manchesters nightlife at local bars, restaurants and music venues.


Castlefield’s roots date back to the Roman era where it was the site of a fort called Mancunium, which gives its name to our fine city today and the term Mancunian! Some of the fort is still on display.
Fast forward 1700 years and Castlefield was the location of the world’s first industrial canal. In 1980, the area was designated as a conservation area and in 1982 was named as the UK’s first designated urban heritage park. It is definitely an area that has been adorned with a few honours! It is like the veteran of the Manchester family, with plenty of stories to tell.

Getting about

Getting around Manchester city centre is easy. You can travel to the other side of the centre by foot in 25 minutes. However if you do need to be anywhere around Greater Manchester in a hurry, the area has a train and tram station at the top of Deansgate.

With trains and trams readily available you can be wherever you need to be easily and quickly. Whether you are going somewhere such as Didsbury or Altrincham in South Manchester or Piccadilly for travel further afield the trams are your best bet. For those with cars, the area is also an extremely short drive from the A56 and M602 for easy access to the M60 ring road and a quick getaway, avoiding all that city centre traffic.

Things to do

On to the main event, what can you get up to in Castlefield? There is a good selection of bars and restaurants to go at, especially on a sunny summer’s day by the canal. Some of the highlights especially popular with the locals include:

Restaurants in Castlefield:

Albert’s Shed – The self titled restaurant is a family business named after Uncle Albert and his famous shed. Albert used his very own tools to convert the original canal side stable block into the restaurant space it is today! There are sister restaurants in Didsbury in South Manchester and in Worsley to the North. It serves up great quality, unpretentious British food and has even recently signed up to Deliveroo, the new food delivery service on the block. It is very popular amongst the locals, not only for food but a hot spot for those who enjoy an after work tipple or two!

Dukes 92 – Right next door is the famous staple of the community that recently underwent a face lift prior to its 25th birthday. It also serves up high quality British cuisine and throws the occasional BBQ or two when the sun pops out. Between Dukes and Alberts they have been around for donkey’s years and won’t be going anywhere in a hurry! Dukes even used to have a canal barge service that would take customers up to Old Trafford to watch the football on match days!

The Wharf – If cosy pubs with alcoves and lots of real ales on tap are more your speed, this is the place for you. Always heaving on a Sunday where the pub serves up a generous portion of pub grub. No posh nosh in sight just bold, hearty flavours. Be sure to book if you do go. Always busy, especially on Sundays where many come to wind down before the next dreaded week of work begins.
There are many more bars to try as well such as Atlas Bar which has been open for over two decades or The Knott, across the road from Atlas, neatly tucked away under a railway arch.


If it’s nightlife past midnight you crave, there is plenty of choice just across from Manchester’s Atlas Bar in Deansgate Locks. Bars such as Revolution and Baa Bar have a large array of shots on offer that will keep anyone occupied. For a night of something different, Deansgate Locks is also home to the Comedy Store in Manchester. Learn from my mistake and don’t sit too close to the front unless you are thick skinned!


The area is the home of the Museum of Science and Industry off Liverpool Road. For science enthusiasts and families looking for weekend activities this is a winner. With free entry and many events hosted throughout the year it is a great place to go and check out.

Castlefield Bowl is Manchester’s only outdoor music arena. For a week over the July period world famous artists perform here. Artists such as Paolo Nutini and James Bay have sung their heart’s out at the temporary venue over the last few years and more names are sure to be signed up for next July.

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 during the summer months whenever the music is not on. The city is now complete!

Property Prices

Residential development in Castlefield comprises mostly of apartments or flats, both new build and warehouse conversions. The population tends to be more professional tenants and owner occupiers.

Based on Rightmove data, Castlefield property has an overall average price £186,835. It is similar in terms of sold prices to Manchester City Centre at £179,893, but was more expensive than Manchester as a whole at £165,559. The area is extremely popular within Manchester among both the sales and rental markets.

For more information on Castlefield and other parts of Manchester, visit our area guides page on the website. Or if you would like more information on the available properties in the area, pop into our Manchester City Centre branch for a chat with one of our friendly team.