At Drybarge we love quirky.

Let us introduce you to the most unique wedding reception (party venue) in Manchester.

If you are looking to host your reception or after party in a really unique venue;  I mean somewhere that doesn’t just churn weddings out to their own format, (as in that doesn’t pull a stretchy chair cover over their poor innocent chairs and hike up the bar prices), then you’re in the right place.

Dry Barge wedding events was born out of a conversation I had with a very cool and creative couple at one of my events onboard, we were discussing why it was so difficult to find an alternative, cool, unusual wedding venue that would embrace individuality and suit creative couples. Here we are on Dry Barge!

For a truly original wedding event we know that we can offer you a wedding venue unlike any other.

After the ceremony we can tailor the cruise to your requirements. Our unique venue can be used for a stationary event or we can embark on a gentle cruise down the historic Bridgewater canal.  The boat can be decorated, there are flexible catering options and bar packages available. We also highly recommend our resident DJ to rock the boat!

We can accommodate up to 60 guests, Dry Barge can collect guests, for example from outside Sale registry office and transport you into City Centre or an alternative venue such as Hotel football or Dukes 92, The Wharf.

Dry Barge is conveniently located in picturesque Castlefield in central Manchester. Castlefield itself is atmospheric with typical northern landscape views, where trains and trams rush over viaducts and the Bridgewater canal, barges meander underneath. Remains of the Roman fort and the golden age of Victorian architecture provides breathtaking views and make a dramatic backdrop for wedding photographs.

However you choose to incorporate the barge into your special day, it will be a unique and unforgettable experience. Call or email us to discuss your individual requirements and we will do our best to accommodate.


People love Drybarge


Come and visit us - you will love it too!


Thanks to you and the Bohemia crew for a amazing day on Saturday for Dave's 40th birthday.

Chris Wolstenholme

Every year we hire the boat for our Christmas party and every year they deliver the perfect party..A professional service throughout

Digital Next

Definitely the best way to get to the game, the match atmosphere now starts before reaching Old Trafford!

Glen Siddal