In the last thirty years or so, however, it has been transformed into an attractive waterside district with a mix of offices, apartments, restaurants and bars.
In Castlefield we find a mix of old and new, with views over water, towards bridges, viaducts and walkways. In the heart of the city, it's a place of peace and quiet as the busy roads are screened by the surrounding buildings. In the former warehouses where workers once loaded and unloaded canal boats, there are now media SMEs and high tech industries, including software developers and radio stations. Other buildings have plush apartments, some incorporating the original brick and wood fittings. People can live in a piece of history, enjoying all the benefits of contemporary living. They can also benefit from the proximity to the city centre, just a 10 to 15 minutes walk away. The Castlefield Urban Heritage Park takes in both the canalside area to the south as well as the northern part by Liverpool Road, off Deansgate. The Museum of Science and Industry - MOSI - is located here, with its remarkable exhibits on the theme of Manchester's industrial history.