Located on Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, The Castle Hotel is a prestigious, lively and popular bar with a long history dating all the way back to 1776.

Over the course of a century the pub changed name several times, trading first as The Crown and Sceptre, then The Crown and Anchor and later The Clock Face. In the late nineteenth century, the pub was acquired by Kay’s Atlas Brewery and started a new chapter as The Castle Hotel and then, in the early 1930s, Frederic Robinson took over Kay’s Atlas Brewery and, consequently, The Castle Hotel.

But there’s much more to The Castle than just a lively city centre pub; in 2010 the music hall was unveiled – an 80 capacity live music venue and performance space which has since firmly cemented The Castle Hotel as one of the cornerstones of Manchester’s live music scene.

As well as working with established and longstanding promoters from Manchester and beyond, The Castle prides itself on being a welcoming, supportive space and a creative hub for the city’s grassroots artistic communities; with many now successful bands, artists, performers and promoters cutting their teeth within its walls.

Our Sister Venue

As a collective, Castle Hotel and Gullivers embody the ethos of traditional pubs focusing on good beer, community and creativity. Working with local breweries all three pubs have been updated while remaining true to our historical roots in appearance and atmosphere. All enhanced by our friendly staff and great jukeboxes.

In converting the various existing spaces we have extensively made use of original and character features as central to creating unique and beautiful venues to experience live music and performing arts with great, modern sound quality.


The larger of our venues and situated opposite The Castle on Oldham Street, Gullivers houses two live spaces, the upstairs ballroom and the smaller acoustic lounge.

Hiring The Castle Hotel

Our events space is available to hire for live music, theatre productions, film screenings, comedy and other events. In order to enquire about hiring the venue, please send an e-mail to our venue manager via cegeventsltd@gmail.com.