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As Guy Garvey, lead singer of Manchester band Elbow once said:
“They return the love around here, don’t they?”
Also known as the Capital of the North, Manchester oozes charm, history and copious amounts of zest. From its unique music scene to filming the longest-running soap opera, Coronation Street, Manchester has a few tales to tell. On your first date in this charismatic and diverse city, you won’t be disappointed! With a wide range of activities, Manchester caters for every date-night preference.
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If a serene daytime date is what you fancy, head over to Heaton Park. Spread over 600 acres, the park is an idyllic place for a cosy picnic and has a boating lake if you wished to hire a boat. The park hosts a small animal centre, historic buildings and plenty of activities such as golf, bowling, and park runs.
Castlefield Urban Heritage Park would make another great date; walk hand in hand along the canals, and see the history before you, including some Roman ruins. It is a haven of peace and tranquillity considering its proximity to the bustling city centre. There are many decent bars and eateries along the route should you fancy a drink, snack or meal.
The John Rylands Library is just one of Manchester’s many gems. The library is a stunning Gothic building combining spectacular architecture inside and out. With a superb collection of rare and ancient books, manuscripts, incredible artefacts and engaging history, the interior is more akin to a cathedral or Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. There is a cafe inside for you to grab a coffee and discuss what you’ve just seen.
The Science and Industry Museum demonstrates revolutionary ideas that developed the world as we know it. Learn about Manchester’s heritage with the cotton industry and see science brought to life around you. Manchester museum is packed with artefacts from pre-historic times to Ancient Egypt. The museum houses a vast selection of plants, fungi, and insects, beetles, crustaceans and more (entomology department) and a well-recognised vivarium, helping to establish captive breeding programmes for highly endangered species. Whitworth Art Gallery boasts collections that are respected the world over. Historic art, modern and contemporary, textiles, prints and sculptures can all be viewed here, leaving a lot for discussion on your date.
You could visit The Palace Theatre, The Royal Exchange, The Lowry or Manchester Opera House for some top-notch shows. These popular theatres showcase some of the top-grossing shows, from musicals and comedians to celebrity talks and dance shows, and also some of the most amazing small-production dramas or comedies. There will be, at any given time, something on to suit every preference.
For the shopaholics, you cannot go wrong in Manchester and if anything, you are spoilt for choice. The Arndale Centre has been in the city centre since 1979 and is an iconic part of Manchester, housing over 200 stores and restaurants, including the legendary Arndale Market. Shopping opportunities are almost endless – you have choices such as Deansgate, St Anne’s Square, Market Street, Afflecks Palace, not to mention, just a few miles out of town, The Trafford Centre. Choose from high-end to high-street, bohemian, unique, retro and everything in between.
There are plenty of venues around where you can match your skills against each other. Twenty Twenty Two is Manchester’s own ping pong bar. Open until late, you can play ping pong with a party atmosphere and sample the cocktails on offer. Black Dog Ballroom is a bowling alley with an arcade that also serves food, craft beer and cocktails. For something a bit different, check out Whistle Punks’ axe throwing venue! You can refuel on drinks and snacks while practising your axe skills.
A few miles outside of the city centre, Manchester has Chill Factorᵉ. You can ski, snowboard, eat, drink and shop at this multi-faceted venue. If that seems a bit too much, you can have a coffee and a catch-up and watch everyone else participate, from the viewing gallery.
The Ivy is a superb restaurant if you wish to impress your date, whether afternoon or evening. The Ivy boasts a roof garden, an Asian inspired room and the Brasserie, with seasonal menus and sharing platters. With its glamorous decor and divine cocktails, this will be a night to remember. For an unforgettable pizza, make a date at Rudy’s in Ancoats. They have been voted 10th best pizzeria in Europe and have amazing reviews on TripAdvisor.
For an up-market afternoon tea with a view or evening cocktails combining a fabulous view over the city, Cloud 23 or 20 Stories are the places to go. 20 Stories has a rooftop restaurant with a 360-degree view of the Manchester (and beyond) skyline. Cloud 23 also has a stunning panoramic view, glamorous cocktail menu and extensive champagne menu.
Whether you are on the gay dating scene (or LGBTQ) or not, the Gay Village is a great night out. Canal Street is at the epicentre of the nightlife, running alongside the canal. In the warmer months, there is a bustling continental feel to the area with bars setting up for outdoor drinking etc. There are so many fun, lively bars to choose from, whether you just want to chat, dance on tables with karaoke or watch a drag show. Party into the small hours and you’ll still be left wanting more.
There are many areas in Manchester to enjoy any type of night out, you are not just limited to the above. There is Deansgate Locks, The Printworks, the Northern Quarter, Spinningfields, and The Shambles, just to name a few. You will find a variety of pubs where you can grab a bar meal, various bars for cocktails and wine, clubs to dance the night away and quirky little venues that you won’t want to leave!