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15 unusual wedding venues in Manchester

11 months ago

Last week we found out that you can now get married at the NQ’s alternative culture epicentre, Afflecks. The news inspired us to investigate where else you can tie the knot in Manchester if the idea of a church ceremony or a posh hotel do doesn’t appeal.

Here we’ve gathered together some surprising wedding venues in Manchester which might suit your personality, interests or lifestyle more than the traditional options. These are places as strange and wonderful as love itself.

  • Photo of Afflecks wedding taken by Phil Tragen.
    Northern Quarter



    Afflecks, previously known as Afflecks Palace, is a hip indoor market spread over four floors. Established in 1982, it’s a Manchester institution.

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  • Weddings at The Crystal Maze, Manchester

    The Crystal Maze Manchester


    It’s a dream come true for kids of the 90s: a chance to show off your skills on the legendary TV game show, The Crystal Maze.

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  • Bury

    East Lancashire Railway

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    The East Lancashire Railway has a long and rich heritage, stretching all the way back to when the first trains steamed into Bury in the 1840s.

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  • A copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South with tea cup on a table

    Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Visitors to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House can explore the author’s home where she wrote most of her novels such as North and South and Cranford.

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  • Outside HOME in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre


    Arts Venues

    With five cinemas, two theatres, a bookshop, and over 500 sqm of gallery space, HOME is one of Manchester’s biggest and most dynamic arts venues. 

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  • Neon showtime sign at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester
  • Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Mosey down Mosley Street between Piccadilly Gardens and St Peter’s Square, and you can’t miss the Greek columns that flank the front of Manchester Art Gallery. It’s one of Manchester’s most visited cultural attractions thanks to its central location and extensive collection of historical and contemporary art.

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  • Manchester Museum
    Oxford Road

    Manchester Museum


    Manchester Museum reopened in February 2023 following a £15m transformation to make it more inclusive and more imaginative in how it tells its stories.

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  • The People's History Museum in Manchester.

    People’s History Museum


    The People’s History Museum tells the story of the development of democracy in Britain. It’s the only museum in the UK that focuses on the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters, and citizens who believed in ideas worth fighting for, like equality, social justice and co-operation.

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  • The reading room at The Portico Library in Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    The Portico Library


    The Portico Library is as peaceful and relaxing as any library could be, despite being situated on Mosley Street in Manchester city centre with trams zipping past every few minutes.

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  • Inside the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    Royal Exchange Theatre


    Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre is an exciting clash of modernity and history and the same can be said of its programming.

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  • Weddings at Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester.

    Runway Visitor Park

    Parks & Gardens

    For spine-tinglingly close views of the huge planes landing and taking off at Manchester Airport, head to the Runway Visitor Park.

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  • Salford Lads Club, a recommended wedding venue in Manchester.

    Salford Lads Club

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Boxing has been taught at Salford Lads Club since it opened back in 1903. The founders, the Groves brothers, wanted to get the local lads off the streets and out of the gangs, and boxing was one way to do that.

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  • The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

    Science and Industry Museum


    Much like the once mighty industrial power of the North, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has shrunk noticeably over the years. But it’s still well worth a visit.

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  • Weddings at Victoria Baths, Manchester. Image by Samantha Broadley.
    Victoria Park

    Victoria Baths

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Only open on Wednesdays (and closed entirely during the winter months), Victoria Baths isn’t fully geared up as a visitor attraction. But it’s still one of Manchester’s most beautiful and best-loved buildings. If you get an opportunity to see inside, take it. You’ll be smitten.

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