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Romantic Things To Do In Manchester


Manchester may not be the obvious choice for a romantic break, however there are lots of ways to have a great time with your loved one in this vibrant city.

Kissing at Airkix Manchester
Airkix Manchester

There are art galleries and museums for culture vulture couples, and lots of adrenaline-fuelled activities for thrill seekers!

With a vibrant night life and many opportunities for a quiet cup of afternoon tea, a romantic dinner or a lively night out, we think you'll find plenty to do in Manchester, even if the traditional rain does fall!

Here are just a few ideas for romantic things to do in Manchester:

Culture Vultures

A romantic stroll around the streets of Manchester will allow you to admire the grand architecture from the Industrial Revolution and Victorian eras - the circular Manchester Central Library in St Peter's Square, the impressive gothic Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square, Manchester Art Gallery,  many churches, and the converted warehouses which are now smart city pads!

Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery

Don't forget the modern architecture too - together you can admire Beetham Tower on Deansgate, explore the theatre and shops at the Lowry Centre, wander among the pubs and restaurants of Castlefield on the Bridgewater Canal, or visit the shops and restaurants of Spinningfields.

A visit to an art gallery has always been a traditional romantic destination for couples, and the art galleries in Manchester will not disappoint.

Manchester Art Gallery

Autumn Leaves by Millais at Manchester Art Gallery
Autumn Leaves by Millais at Manchester Art Gallery

The Manchester Art Gallery was designed by the famous architect Sir Charles Barry, and has a great imposing entrance.

Inside you'll find a lovely collection of romantic pre-raphalite paintings to peruse - paintings telling stories of seduction and Victorian morality.

You'll see work by all the famous pre-raphaelites such as Ford Madox Brown, Millais and Holman Hunt.

Alternatively you may prefer the work of the earlier period of romanticism displayed in the Early 19th Century gallery - with paintings by Turner, Constable and Blake.

http://www.manchestergalleries.org/index.html

Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery

Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery, part of Manchester University, is famous for its romantic 19th Century watercolours by artists such as Blake, Turner and Richard Parkes Bonington.

Cornelia Parker's Exhibition at Whitworth Art Gallery
Cornelia Parker's Exhibition at Whitworth Art Gallery

The Gallery also has a large collection of modern art - including major works by Bacon and Freud - famous from 1950s London.

Portraits at Whitworth Art Gallery
Portraits at Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth likes to feature contemporary art, so who knows which up and coming artists you might discover together in one of their regular temporary exhibitions?

http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/

Watercolours at Whitworth Art Gallery
Watercolours at Whitworth Art Gallery

Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall in Snow
Ordsall Hall in Snow

If you need an excuse to cuddle close, how about a trip to haunted Ordsall Hall?

Just a short way from the centre of Manchester (right next to Salford Quays), this 600-year-old Elizabethan manor-house is steeped in history and ghosts!

Together you can try to find the identity of the mysterious White Lady, or catch a glimpse of the young girl seen fleetingly on the stairs.

Will you have the nerve to enter the Star Chamber - the most haunted room in the house?

http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/ordsall-hall

Fireworks at Ordsall Hall
Fireworks at Ordsall Hall

Out And About

Discover Manchester Walk

It's always good to wander around historic streets with your loved one, and you can be guided round Manchester by a knowledgeable expert from Manchester Guided Tours, on the Discover Manchester Walk.

The Discover Manchester Guides at Manchester Central Library
The Discover Manchester Guides at Manchester Central Library

Meeting at the Manchester Central Library, your guide will show you round the major landmarks of the city, such as the Grade 1 listed Town Hall and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

http://www.manchesterguidedtours.com/

Castlefield

Alternatively you can take your own tour round the canal centre of Manchester - Castlefield. You can take a leisurely walk together by the canal, and call in at one of the lively pubs and restaurants, especially in the summer when there is live music on the canal-side.

There's even a reconstructed roman fort to explore in Castlefield!

Heaton Park

Countryside at Heaton Park
Countryside at Heaton Park

It's well worth the trip to Heaton Park, to show your loved one all the romance of the biggest municipal park in Europe!

Highland Cattle in Heaton Park
Highland Cattle in Heaton Park

There's a lovely lake for a romantic boating experience, an animal farm with lots of cute animals to admire, and beautiful countryside and open landscapes to wander through hand in hand.

The Temple in Heaton Park
The Temple in Heaton Park

It's easy to get there from the city centre by car or bus - you could even catch a tram!

http://www.heatonpark.org.uk/HeatonPark/

Collonade in Heaton Park
Collonade in Heaton Park

Ribble Steam Railway

You can re-create the romance of travelling by steam on the Ribble Steam Railway. It is a little further afield, but it is well worth the journey for a fantastic day out.

Ribble Steam Railway
Ribble Steam Railway

Each weekend between May and September you'll be able to ride behind a steam train along the banks of the River Ribble and cross the unique dock swing bridge.

Ribble Steam Railway
Ribble Steam Railway

Your Day Ticket will allow you to visit the railway's museum, and travel on as many steam rides as you like during the day!

http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk/

Romantic Challenges

Breakout Manchester

If you both like a bit of a mental work-out why not go along to Breakout Manchester?

Breakout Manchester
Breakout Manchester

You'll work together to escape from one of their uniquely themed rooms (within a 60 minute time limit) by finding clues and solving problems.

Breakout Manchester
Breakout Manchester

There are seven different rooms, so you can choose your own story...

https://breakoutmanchester.com/

Airkix Manchester

For the more adventurous, you can take your loved one flying at Airkix Manchester - sky-diving without the inconvenience of travelling to an airfield or going up in a plane!

Airkix Manchester
Airkix Manchester

It really is like flying without wings!

http://www.airkix.com/plan/manchester.aspx

Where To Eat And Drink

Cloud 23

It's always romantic to dine up in the clouds, looking down at the spectacular view below, and Cloud 23 is no exception.

Cloud 23 Apollo Bar by Day
Cloud 23 Apollo Bar by Day

Cloud 23 is situated on the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower. It is a decadent cocktail bar where you can sip exotic cocktails, or where you can enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea (with or without champagne), all accompanied by fantastic panoramic views of Manchester through the floor to ceiling windows.

Cloud 23 Zeus Bar by Night
Cloud 23 Zeus Bar by Night

If you're looking for a romantic bar meal, Cloud 23 has an extensive range of "sharing plates" which you can enjoy together.

http://www.cloud23bar.com/

Dimitri's Greek Taverna And Bar

Visiting Dimitri's Taverna and Bar, at the top of Deansgate, is said to be like going on a romantic mini Greek holiday! The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, and the food is delicious.

Dimitri's
Dimitri's

Their outside Victorian Arcade is very popular with couples, and Dimitri's say they have witnessed quite a few marriage proposals over the years!

Arcade at Dimitri's
Arcade at Dimitri's

The food ranges from platters and mezes to full meals, so you're bound to find something you fancy. Don't forget about the Mega Meze - a banquet where the dishes go on and on...

Taverna at Dimitri's
Taverna at Dimitri's

http://www.dimitris.co.uk/

Castlefield Area Bars

Just round the corner from Dimitri's, in Castlefield, you'll find various bars and restaurants suitable for a great evening out together.

Dukes 92, (named after the nearby Lock 92 on the Rochdale Canal), The Wharf and Barcas are all examples of the dynamic and buzzing Castlefield Bars.

A Night Out At The Theatre

A night out at the theatre is always a great way to treat the one you love. Manchester has some great theatres, so you're bound to find something to suit your tastes.

The Palace Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Lowry Theatre, The Opera House, The Dancehouse and Bridgewater Hall are some of the main ones you can investigate.

Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange Theatre on St Ann's Square has an interesting past. It has been built as a theatre in the round inside the Great Hall of the Old Royal Exchange building, which is grade 2 listed.

Royal Exchange Theatre
Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre
Royal Exchange Theatre

The seven-sided theatre (which resembles a lundar module!) is suspended from 4 enormous columns, and only the stage and the ground level seating actually rest on the floor of the Great Hall.

There's always something going on in the Great Hall, and even if you don't have tickets for the current production, you can always nip in for a coffee in the cafe and to admire the fantastic theatre structure!

http://www.royalexchange.co.uk/

Maxine Peake as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre
Maxine Peake as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Even if you have visited Manchester before, there's always something new and romantic to do in this exciting city. We hope you're inspired to try something different (or visit an old favourite haunt) with your loved one next time you're here.

Check out our other articles on Manchester:

15 Best Free Things to do in Manchester

Things to do in Manchester

 

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