Castlefield, located in postcode M3 of Manchester, is an historic and culturally rich central location in which canals weave through the Roman heart of the city. It is a hugely popular destination for Mancunians and visitors, where its Roman ruins and cobbled roads mingle with exceptional bars, world-class eateries and canal-side living.
The Roman fort, named Mamucium (or Mancunian), was built in 79 AD. This gave the city its name, and the preserved ancient ruins can still be found on Duke Street.
Fast forward 1,700 years, and the city’s industrial heritage was marked by the construction of the terminus for the first ever industrial canal, the Bridgewater Canal. In 1830, it also became the final stop of the world’s first passenger railway, at Liverpool Road.
This was a time when Manchester was a global centre for manufacturing and trade. The warehouses, bridges and city architecture from this era serve as an ongoing reminder of its bustling industrious past. Many of these stunning buildings have been restored and refurbished as residential or commercial buildings.
In 1980, Castlefield was designated a conservation area before becoming the UK’s first Urban Heritage Park (1982).
Manchester has undergone considerable rejuvenation over the last twenty years and Castlefield has been a major beneficiary. The canal sides feature exciting bars and restaurants, popular live music venues, as well as walking and cycling trails. It is a magnet for residents, particularly in the summer months, when the long days motivate people to make the most of this stunning part of the city.
Skirting the west side of Castlefield is the River Irwell, around which the city of Manchester is built. It makes its way past the University of Salford, Manchester Cathedral, the Lowry and MediaCityUK as it runs from the north west and through the city, before flowing south east towards Liverpool.
And it is a short walk to the ever-popular areas of Spinningfields, the GBP1.5billion development of modern commercial, retail and residential buildings, and the Northern Quarter, a hive of independent shops, bars and restaurants in the centre of the city.