Things to do | Posted 13 Feb 2019
What’s better than a weekend away with your significant other? With our top 12 romantic activities to indulge in during a Manchester based city break, you’ll be falling in love all over again.

Enjoy the view

The dramatic Manchester skyline is the perfect backdrop for sharing a cocktail. Visit the rooftop terrace at 20 stories in Spinningfields for relaxed seating, champagne and cocktails and a laidback grill menu. Time your visit to watch the sun set as you sip your drinks.

Roam Dunham Massey

Explore the gardens at Dunham Massey, home to herds of fallow deer and other wildlife as well as architectural oddities and a stunning Georgian Country House. Stop into the National Trust Shop to browse local Cheshire produce and plants grown on site.

Unwind at the Midland Spa

It’s possible to find a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without even leaving The Midland. At our award-winning spa you can relax in thermal areas, nap in the sleep chamber hanging pods and indulge in massages, facials and other specialist treatments.

Take in a show

With the Royal Opera House, Palace Theatre, Lowry, Royal Exchange Theatre and more in Manchester, you can always find a show to suit your tastes. If you already have evening plans, visit the Mezzanine Gallery at the Royal Exchange Theatre to admire the Victorian architecture and enjoy their exhibitions over coffee.

Let your competitive side out

For a date night with a difference, challenge your partner to a few rounds of kooky mini-golf at Junkyard Golf or Axe Throwing at Great Northern. You might discover a hidden talent and the loser can get the next round of drinks.

Enjoy the culture

Manchester is bursting with artistic and historical culture. Soak some of it up at the Manchester and Whitworth Art Galleries or The John Rylands Library. With museums as varied as the Imperial War Museum North, People’s History Museum and Museum of Science and Industry, there’s something for everybody.

Have a romantic meal

With two award-winning restaurants located inside The Midland, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Book a table at The French to enjoy the four, six or nine course menus that change daily to incorporate locally sourced, seasonal produce. Mr Cooper’s Restaurant and Bar provides a more relaxed setting and The Tea Room has served exceptional afternoon teas since 1903.

Catch a movie

If you’re visiting around the holiday of love, check out the Valentine’s Movie Experience in the transformed Mayfield Depot for classic silver-screen romances. Throughout the year you can snuggle up together to blockbusters or special screenings at HOME.

Make some sweet music

Manchester is a music lover’s dream with big name gigs and open mic nights on almost every night. Browse the independent vinyl stores in the Northern Quarter during the day and you might find a new favourite song to share.

Get active

Head out to Trafford City for adventures on the Chill Factore snow slope or in the iFly wind tunnel. Weather you get your adrenaline rush flying down the longest real snow slope in the UK or soaring through the sky, you’ll have an unforgettable day out.

Indulge your sweet tooth

Share a sundae at Black Milk, the Northern Quarter’s original dessert café. Specialising in cereal, they also have a full menu featuring hot chocolate, cakes and waffles or even milkshakes so over the top that they needed their own category of freakshakes.

Just Stay in your Room

There are endless romantic things to do in Manchester, but sometimes the most indulgent one is simply staying snuggled up in bed together. Every Midland experience begins with our charming yet modern rooms, designed to be peaceful and indulgent sanctuaries. With complimentary wi-fi, flat screen television and delicious dishes just a phone call away, we completely understand if you choose to stay in.


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