Castlefield Viaduct

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
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Castlefield Viaduct, Castlefield Viaduct, Manchester, M3 4PU – Visit Now

Castlefield Viaduct is a grade II listed late-19th century wonder that proudly sits between the Bridgewater Canal and the tramline. It was originally used to carry heavy rail traffic in and out of Manchester Central Station, now more commonly known as the event and conference venue, Manchester Central. Since the station became repurposed the viaduct has remained intact but unused, with essential maintenance being carried out, but no purpose within its surroundings. But the National Trust and Twelve Architects and Masterplanners had a vision to change the neglected yet beautiful structure into an urban park to benefit the whole community.

Embracing green spaces while honouring Manchester’s industrial past.

Although the plans are yet to be fully realised, this urban park in the sky is very much open for visitors, who can explore part of the structure and find out more about the viaduct’s heritage, the city’s long relationship with plants and trees and also learn urban gardening tips. You’ll experience a variety of planting displays as you walk along the viaduct while enjoying the elevated setting above the historic cobbled streets.  You’ll also see the park develop and evolve, responding to the different seasons.

Keep an eye out for developments as the plans to reimagine Castlefield Viaduct progress and we start to see Manchester’s centre embrace more green spaces while still honouring its industrial past.

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