Manchester is one of the most famous and well-loved cities in the UK, and many believe it has more than a shot at rivalling London for its attractions and activities. But is it a romantic destination? The answer is yes, absolutely. But any romantic trip requires research and planning to make it more than the average weekend getaway. From the accommodation you book, the food you eat and the places you visit, you’ll need to consider every aspect and how it will make your partner feel loved. Whether you’re planning to propose, celebrating an anniversary or simply want to show your other half how much they mean to you, here’s a step-by-step guide to planning the perfect romantic getaway in Manchester.

Stay in A Luxury Apartment

Why spend your romantic weekend cooped up in a hotel room when you could be renting a luxury apartment in the city centre? The Native Manchester is a converted Grade II listed Victorian cotton warehouse near Manchester Piccadilly train station. There are 166 luxury serviced apartments with fully equipped kitchens and private bathrooms, including studio apartments and a palatial 2-bedroom duplex penthouse apartment. The building also includes a restaurant, cocktail bar, café, cinema and fitness classes.

Plan Some Activities They’ll Love

Your daytime activities should really be tailored to what your other half would find most fun, but whatever they enjoy, Manchester is sure to have the answer. There are beautiful nature walks not far from the city, such as Heaton Park, Sale Water Park, Hollingworth Lake and Haigh Hall. Otherwise, you can try some skiing and snowboarding at the indoor snow slope, Chill Factore, or take on the Crystal Maze TV show at the official Crystal Maze experience. If your other half prefers football, you can visit the world’s largest football museum or take a private tour of a Premier League stadium.

If exploring fascinating history and culture is on your itinerary, you can choose from the Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, or the Imperial War Museum North or visit stunning architecture at John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral.

Or simply indulge in some retail therapy and treat yourselves at the Trafford Centre.

Pamper Yourselves at The Midland Hotel

When you’ve had your fill of activity and are ready to unwind, head to the 100-year-old Midland Hotel, which is one of the best spas in the country. There, you can get a massage and a range of pampering treatments, as well as optional meditation sessions and a 2-course lunch.

Sip Cocktails at Cloud 23

When you’re refreshed, dressed in your best clothes and ready for a night out, start with a cocktail or two at the Hilton Deansgate’s infamous Cloud 23, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Manchester skyline.

Dine in A Michelin Star Restaurant

To round off your time in Manchester, make sure you go out with a bang. For the ultimate experience in decadence, the very best dining experiences in Manchester are at Manchester House, James Martin Manchester and the first Manchester restaurant to win a Michelin Star in 40 years, Mana. Mana is owned by Simon Martin, who used to be the chef at the world-renowned Noma. Read a review of the restaurant here.

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Written by Kitty

There's nothing better than a weekend spent at a spa and total relaxation and happy thoughts is a way of life to me. It's lucky I love cats really with a name like mine! Happily married with my three fur babies to keep us company.