Nothing says ‘I love you’ like packing on the PDA – or at least young love would say so. If romantic strolls and cheeky kisses in the great outdoors match your love language, we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic spots in Manchester to enjoy a smooch – just in time for Valentine’s day.
1. New Islington Marina
A relaxing little spot in the city centre, New Islington Marina is the perfect place for a PDA pit-stop. There are ducks, swans, pretty canal boats and waterside seating – as well as the popular Pollen Bakery if you fancy an extra sweet treat on your daily stroll. Snog away in the winter sun amongst still waters and ducks fighting over old bread. Idyllic.
2. By the canal in Castlefield
Another waterside spot in the city centre, Castlefield – particularly in the snowier months – provides a lovely backdrop for your daily romantic stroll complete with still waters, views of Beetham Tower, and quiet spots with benches to smooch on.
3. The archways at Manchester Central Library
The archways outside of the library are the perfect place to enjoy a movie-style kiss – providing a stunning picture-perfect backdrop that almost feels like another city completely.
4. Overlooking the water at MediaCityUK
A beautiful place to walk in the evenings – MediaCityUK glows multicoloured by night, making it a pretty waterside stroll for couples to enjoy. Stop on the bridge for a romantic kiss, or simply sit on the grass area surrounded by the colourful lights with your beau.
5. The Green, Worsley
Worsley is one of Greater Manchester’s prettiest villages, again, providing still waters, lovely buildings (in particular the tudor-style house at the end) and tons of greenery. The nearby woods are perfect for a little winter walk, and it’s a wholesome place in general for a weekend wander.
6. Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden
Situated in South Manchester, Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is a favourite spot all year round – with so much beauty to see whatever time of year you visit. From huge cherry blossoms to multicoloured trees, flowers and more, it’s a truly beautiful backdrop for a romantic kiss.
7. The Chinese shelter in Chinatown
Another rom-com worthy location in Manchester city centre, the beautiful shelter in China Town overlooks surrounding greenery and is a wonderful escape from the surrounding city sights. It’s almost like an escape to Hangzhou – except with significantly less culture.
8. A bench in Heaton Park
Heaton Park is one of Manchester’s most fantastic green spaces – with plenty going on all year round making it a great spot for dates. But while COVID has put a spanner in that aspect of it, the park is still a lovely place to enjoy a walk – with plenty of city viewing points and beautifully maintained greenery to take in (as well as plenty of woodlands, benches and more to sneak a smooch in!).
9. Werneth Low
Found nearby to Stockport, Werneth Low is a huge hill that forms part of the Pennines – with stunning views of the city from afar. By night, the city lights are incredibly romantic – but it’s also a wonderful spot for a Sunday stroll and snogging session, too.
10. The tiered seating outside of the Great Northern
Because let’s face it, it’s here, or Piccadilly Gardens with a questionable audience. And the sandpits quite a nice touch, too.