Romantic in Manchester
planning a romantic city break then take a look at what
Manchester has to offer all you Romeos and Juliets out
The first thing you'll probably need to organise is accommodation,
but fear not Manchester has a wide range of hotels with
all the extras you need to get in the mood for love.
For the ultimate romantic getaway how about booking a
room at the city’s only five star hotel, The
which sits next to the imposing Trinity Bridge on the
banks of the River Irwell. As well as a chic interior
and quality extras such as a hairdresser, 24-hour room
service, a sauna and a whirlpool, the hotel also has the
lavish Marco Pierre White restaurant. It may be
a bit pricey, but the fantastic views, exquisite rooms
and those little extras could certainly put most couples
in the mood for romance.
If you would prefer to stay in the heart of the city centre
then try the Malmaison Hotel [map] on Piccadilly, which has a stunning brasserie offering
the finest, romantic French cuisine. The rooms are all
individually designed and include cable TV, a CD player
with CD library, a personal bar with superb wines and
naughty nibbles! Malmaison also has a health suite so
guests can pamper themselves with relaxing and rejuvenating
therapies, which could perhaps set the tone for a little
Once the accommodation is sorted, it’s time to
arrange a stress free day out where you can forget the
world and focus on each other.
So how about a trip round one of the city’s top art galleries, such
as the Whitworth Gallery [map],
where you can marvel at the stunning water colours, sculpture
and textiles in peaceful surroundings. Also worth a visit
is The Lowry, where you can view the works of Manchester’s
most famous artist L.S Lowry before having some fun in
the interactive Artworks gallery. Its prime location on
Salford Quays means you can also enjoy a stroll along
the canal and take in the exceptional views that have
made the area such a hit with locals and tourists alike.
Another tourist attraction that has all the hallmarks
of a romantic setting is the new Urbis museum [map] in the Millennium Quarter. The bright and airy glass building
has a very contemporary feel and you can easily lose the
crowd with its many twists, turns and darkened TV rooms.
While you’re there pop outside and take in the amazing
water feature and gardens that give the place a really
chic cosmopolitan look.
If you fancy a romantic walk in the countryside, stopping
for a picnic en route, then pay a visit to one of Manchester's
130 parks and gardens.
The picturesque Heaton Park and Wythenshawe
which are only ten minutes from the city centre, are good
ones to try as they both also have wonderful stately homes
Once the sightseeing is over it’s time for that
romantic night on the town, but the cluster of trendy
bars and clubs are probably best avoided if you want to
be alone. Instead why not head to the small and intimate Library Theatre [map],
which usually has a fine drama, musical or comedy performance
Or you could catch a film at one of the many cinemas in
Manchester, such as the IMAX at the Printworks
[map] or the Odeon on Oxford Road.
If it’s a slap up meal you’re after with a
loving mix of seafood, champagne and classic music then
try Rafa’s [map] just off Deansgate.
Its basement location gives it a sense of exclusivity
and it’s advised to book a table in advance to avoid
disappointment. But once there you’ll find a great
menu of Spanish tapas, paella and seafood, with a good
selection of wines and champagnes to choose from.
Another restaurant that’s just perfect for that
special occasion is Paola’s, which
offers superb Sardinian cuisine and plenty of great
So whether it’s a first date, romantic break or
time to pop the question, Manchester has the ingredients
to make your time together just perfect.
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