Places of interest along the Bridgewater Canal
Perhaps visit along route
Dunham Massey Hall
Dunham Massey Hall - an 18th century mansion with important collections, located in a 250 acre deer park, with a rich and varied garden. Formerly the home of last Earl of Stamford and since 1976 it has been a National Trust Property. Dunham Massey has a long history, as reflected in its 45 listed buildings. The Georgian hall, with the remains of a castle in its grounds, is a popular tourist attraction.
Manchester United football stadium Old Trafford
Old Trafford- home of Premier League club Manchester United since 1910 is probably one the most famous football grounds in the world. With space for 75,797 spectators, Old Trafford has the second-largest capacity of any English football stadium after Wembley Stadium, the third-largest of any stadium in the United Kingdom, and the eleventh-largest in Europe. It is one of two stadia in the country to have been given a five-star rating by UEFA. Sir Bobby Charlton gave the ground the nickname of "Theatre of Dreams".
Barton Swing Aqueduct
The Barton Swing Aqueduct - four miles west of Manchester, between Stretford and Worsley, is one of the wonders of the waterway world. It carries the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal, the swinging action allows large vessels using the Manchester Ship Canal to pass underneath and smaller narrowboats to cross over the top. The aqueduct is a Grade II listed structure and is considered a major feat of Victorian civil engineering. No aqueduct on this scale had previously been constructed in England and critics thought it would never hold water. Designed by Sir Edward Leader Williams and built by Andrew Handyside of Derby, it opened in 1894 and remains in regular use.
Castlefield - in 1765, the Bridgewater Canal was opened at Castlefield. Many of the great warehouses built around this basin are still standing and have been converted for modern use. It is also the location of the world's first railway warehouse, and Liverpool Road railway station, the oldest surviving railway station in the world, both of which are now part of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Castlefield has undergone regeneration and is now an attractive and fashionable area.
Other popular stopping places along route
- Grapenhall - 2 nice pubs
- Stockton Heath - good pubs, shopping and canal services at Thorn Marine
- Walton Gardens
- The Trafford Centre now has its own brand new canal basin