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Bridgewater Canal Holidays

Skippered whole boat canal holidays on either a Hotel Boat or self catering basis. We do the driving.
A girls weekend City Break together onboard Castlerose

City Break Accommodation Manchester

Book a “static hire” City Break in Manchester on our stylish wide-beam canal barge. Sleeps upto 6.
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Your Hosts

Your hosts are husband & wife couple, Steve & Stephanie, who offer a warm welcome.
Tripadvisor Reviews for Castlerose Boat Stay

Guest Reviews & Testimonials

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Enjoy an exclusive Bridgewater Canal Holiday or Manchester City Break on a stylish widebeam canal boat on-board Castlerose.

CASTLEROSE is 60ft long x 13’6” wide canal barge. She sleeps upto six and is fitted out with two sumptuous bedrooms & two stylish bathrooms en-suite, a fully fitted kitchen, dining area and lounge with multi-fuel fire, sofa bed and TV.


Castlerose is available for whole boat hire with your skipper doing the driving. You have the whole boat to yourselves to enjoy time with your friends or family. We do the driving!

Choose between our monthly Hotel Boat Cheshire Cruise, when we treat you to full cooked Breakfasts and Afternoon platters, or a Self Catering cruise which are available a la carte to suit your our dates and duration.

Select from our 6 night Grand Cruise, 4 night Cheshire cruise, 3 night Lancashire cruise and 2 night Manchester Heritage cruise.

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Our fantastic mooring at Castlefield Basin is a great location from which to enjoy a short stay City Break in a tranquil corner of central Manchester.

CASTLEROSE offers an ideal space for friends, families or groups to enjoy time together for any occasion be it for a Wedding, well behaved Hen nights 🙂 music concert or football match.

For football fans booked to stay on-board, we cruise to Old Trafford Stadium when Manchester United are playing at home.

More Information on City Break Stays
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We hope to welcome you on-board Castlerose soon!

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Airbnb Guest Reviews on Castlerose Boat Stay

Tell your friends…this one is a MUST.

“Outstanding! 6 of us stayed 3 nights. The Castlerose is moored in the middle of everything…vibey yet tranquil. At 31 paces from the Wharf Pub beer garden the dining experience was flawless in the restaurant with a very short walk to our home away from home. So many dining options are at the doorstep. A 5 minute walk to the central hub of Manchester and great shopping. Steve was so accommodating and friendly. He took us on a canal cruise for a few hours on Sunday and we were so glad for the experience. The boat is less than a year old and immaculate! Tell your friends…this one is a MUST.”

Guest Review by Beverley visiting from Brisbane in June 2017 on AirBnB

Airbnb Guest Reviews on Castlerose Boat Stay

Looking for something different or some fun for the kids? I’d highly recommend Steve and Stephanie’s houseboat in Manchester.
Staying on Steve and Stephanie’s houseboat was loads of fun. Great location, with an excellent pub and restaurants a stone throws away while everything else is within walking distance. Steve has thought of everything to make the stay in his boat easy..  The best FAQ guide I have seen and he gaves us great tips on where to go. Of course staying on a boat had it’s quirks..but that is what makes it fun. The kids absolutely loved the change from a boring old hotel and waking up to feed the waiting ducks was brilliant! The boat is extremely well appointed, comfy beds and a good kitchen.

Review by Julie and Michael from Newcastle, Australia in July 2016 on AirBnB

Tripadvisor Reviews for Castlerose Boat Stay

A Beautiful Thing To Adore!
Stayed on CastleRose for a couple days and it was a wonderful experience. Manchester itself was a discovery, and the boat is located in a perfect spot, with a pub nearby, walking distance to the center and everything, We were there for the Stone Roses Gig but have seen much more than anticipated. And the icing on the cake was when Steve took us with the boat to the Old Trafford Stadium. We recommend the place with 5 plus stars.

Review by Irena from Zurich on July 10, 2016 on Tripadvisor

Castlerose Boat Stay Reviews on Facebook

What a fab idea and lovely place to stay.
My best girl friends surprised me with a stay here when I was over on a trip from NZ. Cute and homely comfy and bang in the centre of great pubs and shopping. Love it!

Claire from Auckland reviewed Castlerose Boat Stay on 15 September 2016 on Facebook

Swiss Architects Castlerose Review June2016

Thanks For Living On Your Boat
We like the City. Kanal. Eat. Drink. People. Weather. Boat. Buildings. Bar. Pub.
Olivia. Philip. Kai & Bruno.
Architects From Basle