Step out of the busy city streets and into a winter wonderland of nature and peace. With a lantern lit wander, a chill out space and festive plant tours, Castlefield Viaduct is the perfect spot to take a time out this season and experience a bit of quiet before you dive back into the parties and presents.
The viaduct is open all the way through the winter holidays until Saturday 2 January. There are the regular booked morning tours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or you can simply take a winter wander after 12.30 those days and all day Wednesdays, weekends and Bank Holidays. The viaduct is closed Christmas Day (Monday 25 December) and Boxing Day (Tuesday 26 December).
Castlefield Viaduct will be closed 2 January – 10 February 2024 to refresh the gardens and make sure everything is ready for spring and summer.
The viaduct is a temporary project from the National Trust and due to permanently close after summer 2024. To help secure a future for the project and help the garden grow, why not make a donation or give one as a gift? Click here to give direct to Castlefield Viaduct: Your details – Donate to National Trust or email [email protected]if you’re interested in becoming a corporate partner.
17 November 2023 – 1 January 2024
3.30pm – 5pm
Free – Drop-in
As the nights draw in Castlefield Viaduct transforms into a magical, sparkling grotto.
From 3.30pm to 5pm every day, drop in to wander along the light trail and visit the garden in the sky in a different way. It’s the perfect time for a moment of rest above the busy city, take in Greater Manchester’s 21st century skyline and maybe even spot a bat or two.
The Winter Garden Tour
Wednesday 13 Dec, Friday 15 Dec, Thursday 28 Dec, Friday 29 Dec – 2pm
Free – booking essential
Get out of the busy city streets and join Castlefield Viaduct for a tour around some festive flora.
Nature has long associations with this time of the year from holly and ivy to mistletoe and chestnuts. Your guide will tell you the stories behind some of the winter plants on the viaduct and introduce the beauty of winter in the garden.
Book a spot at the website and take a festive look at nature on the viaduct and beyond.
11 December 2023 – 1 January 2024, daily
Free – Drop-in
Warm up and chill out… After a walk through the winter garden take some time out in the Castlefield Viaduct Cosy Corner.
This December the visitor building will be transformed into a relaxing spot with books, board games and easy crafts plus the spectacular views of the wild viaduct and Castlefield below. Take a break from the rush, settle in with a good read or simply watch nature go by.