Manchester Castle, Manchester

Manchester Castle, Manchester

Manchester Castle once stood on a spot just north of Manchester Cathedral, adjacent to the River Irwell. The castle no longer stands, having been replaced in the medieval era by Chetham’s School of Music, which remains in this spot. This medieval building may carry original features of the former castle, and is available to hire as a venue for weddings and conferences. Manchester Castle has been referenced in manuscripts dating from 1184, and was described as a fairly unremarkable fortified timber manor house. Three rings of ditches have been found close to the site, suggesting a network of moats may have once surrounded the castle.

The site of Manchester Castle gives an indication of the reason for Manchester’s enduring success as a settlement, from Roman times to the present day. Military historians have identified the local geography, where several rivers cross paths at the feet of the Pennine hills, as one of the strongest areas of land in England to defend. This may well be the reason for the castle’s location, at the confluence of two rivers next to the medieval township of Manchester. England’s largest city, London, possesses similar geography, which made the site easy to defend from invasion in the medieval era.

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Sight Name: Manchester Castle
Sight Location: Manchester, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Manchester, England

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Manchester Museums Tour

Manchester Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Oxford Road Tour

Oxford Road Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Top Religious Sites in Manchester

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Manchester Introduction Walk

Manchester Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Manchester Historical Architecture Tour

Manchester Historical Architecture Tour

Manchester’s architectural scene is rich in style variety. Throughout centuries, the city has evolved in phases, each of which left its own peculiar imprint on its tapestry. There are medieval red-brick buildings in Manchester coexisting with concrete-and-glass structures from the modern era. On this self-guided walk you will visit some of the most important historical architecture in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Edwardian Architecture Tour

Edwardian Architecture Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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