Things to Do in Manchester for Couples

CityDays' guide to finding things to do in Manchester for couples that aren't your typical suggestions.

Whether you’ve spent days, weeks, months or years by each other’s sides, it’s always handy to have a list of things to do in Manchester for couples to refer to. 


What follows is our complete guide to finding the best things to do in Manchester for couples, including fun ideas, activities around Manchester city centre, and much, much more. 

And just so you know - nobody pays us to be featured on this list. They’re just our recommendations to you,so you can find the best things to do in Manchester

Things to Do in Manchester City Centre for Couples

When in doubt, start at the nucleus. Manchester City Centre is teeming with all kinds of activities: from fun and games to romantic hideaways, there’ll be something that ticks your boxes. Here’s our favourite things to do in Manchester city centre for couples!


Track Down Manchester’s Secrets Together with a Manchester Treasure Hunt


There’s nothing like an epic adventure to bring lovers closer together, and luckily, you barely have to leave your doorstep to experience one. 

Work together to follow clues, solve riddles, and uncover hidden gems across Manchester starting from the city centre. Treasure hunts like these three original routes offer the pair of you the chance to explore, race against the clock or take your time stopping off for cute coffee breaks or pub stops.

Each trail digs deeper into an area of Manchester and its particular backstory, and it’s entirely up to you two to navigate your way through the puzzles and the city. Ideal for competitive and thirsty-for-knowledge couples alike, a treasure hunt through Manchester city centre is the perfect solution to finding something to do that is a little out of the ordinary.

PSST: These trails come with optional built-in recommended break stops. No need to argue about where your SO wants to eat - it’s all sorted for you.

Visit the John Rylands Library

For couples who appreciate history and architecture, the John Rylands Library is a must-visit. This late-Victorian neo-Gothic building houses a vast collection of rare books and manuscripts that literary lovers will salivate over. Its stunning interior is as captivating as the treasures it holds - and it’s also the venue for some pretty fascinating events.

The best part about visiting John Rylands Library as a couple is that it’s completely free to attend any special events, and it’s well worth checking out what’s on in advance. 

If you or your partner wants to delve deep into obscure painters’ lives, LGBTQ+ history, or pioneering women in science, this is the place to do it! 

Soak in the Views From Yes Rooftop Bar


Although it’s probably best known for its music scene, a visit to Yes rooftop bar should be near the top of your list of things to do in Manchester for couples.

A visit to this former auction house turned gig venue is perfect for couples seeking a blend of music and ambiance. The rooftop terrace bar offers an intimate escape amidst the city's bustling music scene and the perfect excuse to relax in each other’s company. 

Enjoy panoramic views of Manchester’s skyline, an eclectic drinks menu, and the distant hum of live music below, this hidden gem combines the best of Manchester's cultural vibrancy with the privacy couples often crave.

Go for a Picnic at Heaton Park


If you’re looking for more laid back things to do in Manchester for couples, pack a picnic and head to Heaton Park. 

As one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, it offers plenty of beautiful spots to lay down a blanket, enjoy a meal, and maybe even feed the ducks. The tranquillity and natural beauty of the park provide a perfect backdrop for deep conversations or a leisurely day spent together.

If you’re worried about getting bored - don’t be. As it’s so large, Heaton Park is home to a number of interesting and fun activities such as beekeeping, sports and games (I personally recommend bowls) and much, much more

Explore the Science and Industry Museum


Before you panic, neither you nor your significant other needs to be a smarty pants to enjoy the Science and Industry Museum. 

Yes, it is educational (not a very romantic word) but it’s also an incredible place of discovery. 

Explore Manchester’s rich industrial past and scientific achievements, peruse interactive exhibits, get a close-up view of historical machinery and the latest in technological advancements. 

See a Show at Palace Theatre

Next up on our list of things to do in Manchester for couples is an absolute classic - a trip to the theatre.

The Palace Theatre in Manchester is an iconic venue that offers couples a nice blend of culture, history, and entertainment. Known for its stunning architecture and rich heritage, Palace Theatre offers a diverse program of performances ranging from dramatic plays and lively musicals to stand-up comedy and classical concerts. 

To sum up: this option is classy, creative and sure to give you and your partner lasting memories and a sophisticated night on the town. 

Fun Things to Do in Manchester for Couples

When you’ve been together for a long time, keeping the fun barometer up can be a challenge. Here are some fun things to do in Manchester for couples to keep boredom at bay!


Try an Outdoor Escape Room in Manchester Together


Put your teamwork skills to the test with an immersive outdoor escape room in Manchester! 

One of the best things to do in Manchester for couples who like a bit of adventure, outdoor escape rooms like these give you all the benefits of an indoor escape room (problem-solving, spotting clues and a sense of accomplishment) but you also get the benefits of being outside, feeling the sun on your face and plenty of opportunities to tell your partner “I-told-you-so”. 

Discard the argument of who gets to be player one or two and allow your competitive natures run the show! 

Attend a Comedy Night at The Comedy Store

For couples seeking an evening filled with laughter and entertainment, there can only be The Comedy Store in Manchester. 

Nestled in the heart of the city, this iconic venue has long been a bastion of stand-up comedy, showcasing a blend of well-known comedians and rising stars. A comedy night here promises a diverse array of acts, ensuring that there's something to tickle everyone's fancy. 

Share a laugh in the lively atmosphere, choose from a selection of drinks and snacks, and prepare yourselves to talk about this one for years to come. 

Rediscover Manchester with a Self-Guided Walking Tour


Reckon you’ve seen and done everything in Manchester as a couple? You probably haven’t - and here’s the proof.

Self-guided walking tours like these offer couples the chance to take a second look at their usual stomping grounds or even to discover a new one. Pick from one of three routes that take  you and your partner on a winding trail of discovery infused with puzzles and riddles. 

Solve clues that lead you from one location to the next, uncover Manchester's architectural marvels, historical landmarks, and hidden gems, all at your own pace. Each clue solved is another step closer to your final destination - and another step closer to your partner’s heart.

Take a Look Around Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Explore the creative heart of the city at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Housed in a former Victorian fish market, this space is now home to some of Manchester's most talented artists and makers - and it’s packed to the rafters with fascinating finds.

Stroll hand-in-hand as you browse unique handmade items, participate in a workshop, or simply enjoy a coffee in the on-site café surrounded by the buzz of creativity.

See Manchester From a New Perspective With a River Cruise


Discover Manchester from its waterways with a relaxing, romantic river cruise. 

Cruises like these offer a unique perspective on the city's historical sites and modern developments, often with commentary providing insights into Manchester's rich heritage. Whether it's a leisurely daytime excursion or a romantic evening cruise, it's a serene and picturesque way to see the city.

Browse for Books at House of Books & Friends

Book lovers, here’s one for you.

One of my go-to places in Manchester, House of Books & Friends is a charming bookshop that offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for browsing through shelves filled with both classic tales and modern narratives. 

More than just a place to find a new read; House of Books & Friends is a community hub where literary enthusiasts can connect, attend lectures or just while away a few hours in the cafe. 

Visit The Cat Café Manchester


Charles Dickens once said: “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” and if you’re a feline friendly couple, you’ll almost certainly agree. 

For a more laid-back example of fun things to do in Manchester, experience, spend an hour or two at The Cat Café in Manchester. It’s a cosy spot where you can enjoy free-flowing drinks and the company of resident cats. This calming and quirky café offers a perfect escape for animal lovers or a couple looking to unwind in a unique setting.

Go Shopping at Afflecks

Dive into the heart of Manchester's alternative scene with a visit to Afflecks, an iconic indoor market known for its labyrinth of unique and independent stalls.

This eclectic emporium houses everything from vintage clothing and retro games to handmade jewellery and quirky art, making it a treasure trove for those looking to discover something different. 

Each visit promises new finds, with friendly shop owners who are passionate about their wares. Whether you or your partner has an extensive vintage collection or would appreciate a one-of-a-kind gift, Afflecks offers a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere that embodies the spirit of Manchester's independent retail scene.



So there you have it! 15+ things to do in Manchester for couples that are fun, romantic and don’t break the bank! If you need more inspiration, read our guide to date ideas in Manchester

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