The 200 year long story of The Castle Hotel is woven not just into it’s bricks and mortar, its Victorian tiles or its mosaic floors. It’s a feeling that you can’t put your finger on. It’s in its people. In its memories. And in the layers of history built up over centuries of experience.

The Castle Hotel started life in 1776, although records show that there has been a dwelling on the site since the 1400s. 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; which is probably when the current tiled façade and bar were added. In the early 1930s Frederic Robinson took over Kay’s Atlas Brewery and, consequently, The Castle Hotel.

The pub’s now deeply cemented relationship with the city’s music scene probably began when it was a stopping off point for people on their way to Band on the Wall.

In 1979, a now legendary John Peel interview with Ian Curtis took place here, weaving The Castle further into the fabric of Manchester’s musical heritage. Sadly, The Castle fell on hard times and closed it’s doors in 2008. This cherished public house was not to remain closed for long though, and in 2009 friends Jonny Booth and Rupert Hill took over The Castle Hotel and set about bringing the decrepit building back to life.

After a period of restoration which saw the infamous leaky roof replaced and the pub’s entire interior sympathetically brought back in line with it’s rich heritage, the renovation was completed in October 2010 with the grand unveiling of the new Music Hall and Theatre at In The City 2010.

So that’s the story so far. And now The Castle Hotel is ready for it’s next chapter; one which will see this historical drinking house continue to evolve at the beating heart of Manchester’s creative communities. So come along, pull up a stool, and become a part of our story.

Our Sister Venues

As a collective, Castle Hotel, Gullivers and Eagle Inn 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.

The Eagle Inn

Our little hidden secret boozer in Salford’s historical Greengate, The Eagle has a converted cottage with feature fireplaces and mezzanine floor along with plenty of cosy corners to enjoy your drink.

Hiring The Castle

Our venue spaces are available to hire for private functions, meetings, rehearsals and auditions, performing arts, spoken word and of course live music shows. We don’t promote shows in house, working instead with external promoters. If you’re looking for a show check out our events section where you can see who we’re working with. Their preferred contacts will be on their websites. If you’re interested in hosting your own event drop us a line at the relevant email below.