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6 unusual wedding venues in Manchester

4 weeks 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 Manchester wedding venues which might suit your personality, interests or lifestyle more than the traditional options. These are places that are 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
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    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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  • Weddings at the Portico Library, 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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  • 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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  • Weddings at Salford Lads Club, 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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  • 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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