Castlefield is an area so rich in British history that in 1982 the UK declared it an Urban Heritage Park. This was the first such designation of its kind, and should at least pique your curiosity enough to pay an exploratory visit. And just what kind of history can you expect to find here? Well, for starters, there's the Roman fort of Mamuciam, the source of Manchester's name. Dating all the way back to the first century AD, it has been partially reconstructed and now serves the public as an open-air park and venue for some cool summer goings on.
In more recent history, the district's Industrial Revolution era viaducts, bridges and warehouses have been renovated to create a trendy setting for contemporary markets and businesses. Just mosey on over to the Museum of Science and Industry to find the world's first passenger railway station or take a stroll over the distinctively modern, curved footpath that crosses the Bridgewater Canal. Top it all off with a few popular restaurants and bars and you've got yourself a pretty successful afternoon in Manchester.