Winter Talks Programme Venues - Directions

Non members are very welcome at all our winter talks. which start at 7:45pm.

Meetings are free though a donation towards their cost is usually requested.

If you have friends who are interested in canals please ask them along. You don't have to be an IWA member.

Several of us gather at Dukes 92 - Albert's Shed (see below) and eat together before the meeting
Aim for 6:30pm as service can sometimes take a little while.


Trip Boat Emmeline Pankhurst

 Potato Wharf, Castlefieds, Manchester, M3 4NB

includes directions to 
Castlefield Hotel



Emmeline Pankhurst is moored on the non-towing path side of the main line of the Bridgewater Canal just out of Castlefield Basin (the junction of the Rochdale and Bridgewater Canals). The wharf can be reached by car by turning off Liverpool Road at Potato Wharf (the narrow slightly inconspicuous street just below and opposite the Museum of Science & Industry, behind the Castlefield Hotel).

Alternatively it is an easy walk from Deansgate train station or Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop which are adjacent to each other (bottom-right of map). You need to walk via Liverpool Street and Potato Wharf (street) because access to the boat directly from Castlefield Basin is not possible.

To reach the boat go on foot to the junction with Potato Wharf (~30yds from the side street above) and walk to the end of the paved pedestrian area which faces the junction, keeping towards the right. Cross the bridge over the canal arm, head diagonally right to go through a gate to the canal and turn left along the bank to find the trip boat.

Emmeline Pankhurst is owned by City Centre Cruises in Manchester who are offering a 10% discount to IWA Members for their Sunday lunch cruise. Read more.

Talks map


Dukes 92 - Alberts Shed

18 Castle St, Manchester
 Click for location map
Web site

also see map above



Situated at the bottom of the Rochdale Canal where it joins the Bridgewater Canal, it can be reached by car directly from Deansgate (the Macunian Way end) by turning into Castle Street (left at the first traffic lights after joining Deansgate from the roundabout) or by taking Dukes Street (the second turning after reaching the Museum of Science & Industry on Liverpool Street). Alternatively it is an easy walk from Deansgate train station