It is the centre of the city's canal network and this adds to its attractiveness..
The big attraction in the area is the Museum of Science and Industry. It occupies a large site and it is clear that a lot of public money has been spent on it.
It is also one of the worse museums I have ever visited. The displays are dull and lacked any coherent theme. Entry was free and that was just as well. I would hate to have paid to go in.