If you’re thinking of popping the question this Valentine’s Day, but want to keep it local, here are some recommendations for Manchester locations with a touch of romance.
John Rylands Library
Woo the bookworm in your life with the gorgeous interior of the John Rylands Library. Founded by Enriqueta Rylands in 1900 in memory of her late husband, the building even holds a romantic backstory. While the neo-Gothic architecture boasts a cathedral-like elegance, the interior holds many cosy nooks if you’re planning a quiet and intimate proposal.
If you want your proposal to be a spectacle, Albert Square is one of the busiest places within the city so you’re sure to have a crowd of onlookers ready to celebrate that all important “yes”. Its busy atmosphere doesn’t make the spot any less picturesque, with the Grade I listed Manchester Town Hall’s Victorian Gothic architecture over- looking the square.
Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens
A romantic stroll through one of Manchester’s most beautiful gardens is a lovely prelude to any proposal. Fletcher Moss Park holds several beauty spots which have the perfect background for popping the question. The Parsonage Gardens are full of lush and rare trees which create a secluded and romantic aura or visit the nature reserve and propose surrounded by birdsong from the park’s resident warblers.
Propose with the best view in the city at Cloud 23, sitting at the top of the Hilton Manchester. The bar offers panoramic views of the city to wow with, and a luxurious cocktail or two to build up your courage surely wouldn’t go amiss. Treat your future spouse to an afternoon tea overlooking the city, or a two-course meal at the bar’s sister restaurant Podium prior to heading up there, to really seal the deal.
Manchester Art Gallery
Impress any art enthusiast with a trip through Manchester Art Gallery before the big question. What could be more romantic than going down on one knee with renowned works of art by the likes of Van Gogh, Turner, and Blake as the backdrop? Especially as they are housed in the grand Greek-revival style building which has sat on Mosely Street for over two hundred years, providing an unforgettable location to begin your future together.