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Canals and redbrick mills in Castlefield

Tucked into the south-west corner of Manchester city centre, Castlefield has a rich industrial heritage. Once a hive of activity, it's now one of the city's most peaceful spots, largely thanks to it being designated the UK's first Urban Heritage Park.

You'll find a network of canals here, as well as a Roman fort and old red sandstone mills standing alongside trendy new bars and restaurants.

Get your fix of culture in Castlefield

The free Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the magnificent buildings of the world's first passenger railway. See steam-powered machines in action, and discover pioneering medical instruments. Elsewhere, Castlefield Gallery acts as a launchpad for up-and-coming artists, and hosts free exhibitions.

One of the area's biggest draws is shimmering glass-fronted cultural complex HOME, boasting two theatres, five cinema screens, a large gallery and a book shop.

Shop on Deansgate

Castlefield is at the southern end of Deansgate, the main road running through Manchester city centre, where you'll find a variety of shops, including famous department store Kendals, now owned by House of Fraser. Pamper yourself with beauty treatments or look for a new outfit for a special occasion.

Looking for accommodation in Castlefield? Travelodge Manchester Salford Quays Hotel is a short drive away. You could also try Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly Hotel or Travelodge Manchester Central Hotel.