Canals and locks in central Manchester

Castlefield-Petersfield covers the area in central Manchester west of Quay St, Peter St, and Oxford St. It covers the locales of Castlefield and Petersfield (also known as St Peter's Fields). Both are located within The Historic County Boundaries of Lancashire.

Castlefield is the site of the original Roman settlement Mamucium and has been known as Castlefield since Medieval times. It is the centre of Manchester's canal network and includes the Castlefield Basin, which joins the Rochdale and Bridgewater canals. Very important in industrial times, it became run down in post-war times until it was completely regenerated in the 1990s and designated Britain's first Urban Heritage site. These days it is like a small country oasis in the heart of the city, with regular events and a handful of great pubs around the canals and the neighbouring streets. It is also the only place to see wildlife in Manchester's centre.

Petersfield (also known as the Exhibition Quarter) is the home of Manchester's exhibition, conference and concert halls, as well as the almost-deserted Great Northern shopping and entertainment centre and two of the city's most luxurious hotels. It is also home to the Beetham Tower, the tallest building in the UK outside of London and the home to Manchester's Hilton hotel.

Get in

By train

Manchester Deansgate railway station is the closest railway station, although Manchester Piccadilly is readily accessible for InterCity trains.

By tram

The Deansgate - Castlefield tram stop is situated nearby with a footbridge across to Deansgate railway station.




Most bars in Castlefield provide bar meals.


Canal boats in Castlefield

Castlefield bars are extremely popular during the summer months when tourists, local residents, and city centre workers flock to the area to enjoy the large outdoor drinking areas and views across the Bridgewater Canal. Overall, Castlefield is trendy but sometimes pricey.

Deansgate Locks

The Deansgate Locks are a bunch of bars and clubs alongside a set of locks:



Mid range


The Beetham Tower, the newest addition to Manchester's skyline, is the tallest building in UK outside of London. Manchester's Hilton occupies the lower half of the building.


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