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Marry me: 38 wedding venues in Manchester

2 months ago

When you imagine getting married, what do you see first – the person or the place? If you’re in the first phase of planning a wedding hopefully the person is pretty much decided on. The place though . . . that’s still up for debate.

To help you decide, we’ve handpicked almost 40 wedding venues in Manchester that will be vying for your attention if you’re newly engaged. They cover the whole spectrum of options – traditional, glam, cool, quirky, contemporary, and centuries-old.

All these venues are fully licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies, and they’re all in Manchester or the surrounding boroughs. Use our longlist to make your shortlist before you decide on ‘the one’.

  • The private dining room at 20 Stories, Manchester.
    Spinningfields

    20 Stories

    Bars

    Manchester’s highest – and possibly finest – restaurant, bar and terrace. D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant, 20 Stories was the opening of 2018. Floor to ceiling windows (and a huge, outdoor terrace, the same size as the entire restaurant floor), afford breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside, while the menu offers modern British, seasonal dishes. 

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

    Afflecks

    Markets

    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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  • Albert Hall, an iconic gig venue in Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Albert Hall

    Music Venues

    The upper floor of this Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel lay empty for 40 years before Mission Mars bought the building in 2012 and opened it up as a music venue. The only question is why didn’t anyone do it sooner?

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  • Pan Roasted Cod Loin at Alberts Restaurant Standish
    Standish

    Albert’s Standish

    Restaurant - European

    Albert’s Standish is a reliable option. You won’t get the best food in the world but you’ll get a menu full of crowd-pleasers, great service and all the buzz, which is what Albert’s is really about.

    It’s a place to see and be seen as you tuck in to everything from traditional fish and chips to turmeric roasted cod, from salads to pizzas. There are also brunches aplenty as well as afternoon teas.

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  • Outdoor seating at Albert's Restaurant Worsley
    Worsley

    Albert’s Worsley

    Restaurant - European

    Albert’s Worsley is a reliable option, especially if you’re trying to please a big group. Even if you don’t get the best food in the world, you’ll get a menu full of crowd-pleasers, great service and all the buzz, which is the main reason people flock to Albert’s.

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  • The Botanist Media City, Salford
    Media City

    The Botanist Salford

    Bars

    Part of a UK-wide chain bringing the outdoors in with its signature English country garden style, The Botanist in Salford also has a large terrace for al fresco eating and drinking, and private dining spaces including The Potting Shed, while botanicals put in an appearance on the list of gin and tonics.

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  • Members of the Contact Young Company performing at Contact Theatre in Manchester
    Oxford Road

    Contact Theatre

    Comedy Venues

    We were shocked when Contact Theatre, or just Contact, as it prefers to be known, announced it was celebrating its fiftieth birthday in summer 2022. Maybe it’s the out-there architecture or maybe it’s the youth-focussed programming, but we could have sworn it’s not a day older than 25.

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  • Weddings at The Crystal Maze, Manchester
    Castlefield

    The Crystal Maze Manchester

    Activities

    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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  • Ducie Street Warehouse
    Northern Quarter

    Ducie Street Warehouse

    Bars

    Ducie Street Warehouse is all sorts of things, but one of those things is a restaurant. It’s an all-day affair with everything from classic brunches to late-night cocktails. On the menu you’ll find a good selection of small sharing dishes and large plates – it’s a sociable kind of place. And of course, you’ll also find Ducie Street Warehouse’s signature focaccia flatbreads.

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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
    Ardwick

    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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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    The Fountain House

    Pubs

    The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its modern old-fashioned surrounds and plentiful portions of proper pub grub – mostly British but with a little European inspiration – do the imposing building proud.

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  • The towering exterior of Gorton Monastery or Manchester Monastery as it's also known
    Gorton

    Gorton Monastery

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Its proper title is Manchester Monastery but most people in the city know it as Gorton Monastery.

    This Grade II Listed building towers over the surrounding residential streets, acting as a focal point for the eye, and in recent years, for the community too.

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  • Halle St Peter's on Cutting Room Square - a rehearsal space and concert venue in Ancoats, Manchester
    Ancoats

    Hallé St Peter’s

    Music Venues

    Hallé St Peter’s provides a rehearsal and recording space for Manchester’s renowned orchestra as well as being home to the Hallé’s choirs and its youth orchestra.

    The Grade II listed building is an interesting brick-built church in the centre of Ancoats. A three-storey modern extension, The Oglesby Centre, provides additional practice rooms and performance spaces.

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  • Outside HOME in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    HOME

    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
  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Hotel Brooklyn Manchester

    Hotel

    Hotel Brooklyn opened on Manchester’s Portland Street on Valentines day in 2020 as one of the world’s first fully accessible hotels inspired by cool the New York City borough. In fact, the hotel is well-known for setting a new Industry Gold Standard for Accessibility

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  • Cocktail served at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester
    Book Now Oxford Road

    Hyatt Regency Hotel Manchester

    Hotel

    The Hyatt Regency hotel is one of the most highly rated hotels in Manchester, with incredible views of the city and University Green from the rooms on the higher floors. 212 rooms are decked out in a modern style, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and king beds.

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  • The infinity pool at King Street Townhouse - one of the coolest hotels near Manchester Arena
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    King Street Townhouse

    Hotel

    King Street Townhouse is a 4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It’s well known for its spa facilities – including a very special infinity pool with views of the city from the top floor of the building.

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  • The Lowry is an art gallery and theatres at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
    Salford Quays

    The Lowry

    Comedy Venues

    Flagship arts venue The Lowry was at the heart of 1990s’ plans to breathe new life back into Salford Quays. Now in its third decade, it’s maintained its reputation as one of Greater Manchester’s top visitor attractions thanks to a lively, ever-evolving programme of art, music, theatre, comedy and more.

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  • Riverside views at The Lowry Hotel
    Salford

    The Lowry Hotel

    Hotel

    The Lowry Hotel is Manchester’s premier 5-star hotel. While technically in Salford, it is ideally located next to Spinningfields, Manchester’s trendy business district, home to plenty of Manchester’s favourite bars and restaurants.

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  • 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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  • Bedroom at Manchester Hall with roll-top bath - a romantic Manchester hotel for Valentine's day.
    Book Now Deansgate

    Manchester Hall

    Premier Club

    For years this beautiful building was off-limits unless you were a member of the secretive Masons society. Then in 2017 the Freemason’s Hall became Manchester Hall – an events venue and hotel – and you no longer needed a secret handshake or a well-connected father-in-law to take a look inside.

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  • Manchester Museum
    Oxford Road

    Manchester Museum

    Museums

    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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  • Statues of legendary Manchester United players outside their Old Trafford stadium
    Old Trafford

    Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

    Tours

    Even if it’s not a match day, there’s plenty happening at the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The best way to experience it (aside from watching a game, of course) is to go on the behind-the-scenes Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour.

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

    Hotel

    Just a few minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, making it a great base for both business travellers and tourists.

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  • Ordsall Hall in Salford
    Salford

    Ordsall Hall

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Ordsall Hall is a piece of Tudor history just a short walk from the contemporary comings and goings of Salford Quays. Please note: it’s closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

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  • The People's History Museum in Manchester.
    Spinningfields

    People’s History Museum

    Museums

    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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  • Weddings at the Portico Library, Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    The Portico Library

    Libraries

    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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  • Manchester City Centre

    Rain Bar

    Bars

    Rain Bar is a pub from JW Lees in an old umbrella factory. It’s a beautiful building and looks even better now after its recent refurb. The jewel in the crown though, or the spoke in its brolly, is a large outdoor area to the rear overlooking the Bridgewater Canal.

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  • One of the suites at Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly
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    Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly

    Hotel

    Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly is the chain’s first long-stay venture in the North of England. Situated less than ten minutes from Piccadilly Station, handy for Ancoats and the Northern Quarter as well as the city centre, the hotel is a mix of studio apartments and one-bedroom suites over 12 floors – there are impressive views of the Manchester skyline from the upper levels.

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

    Royal Exchange Theatre

    Theatres

    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.
    Altrincham

    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

    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
    Castlefield

    Science and Industry Museum

    Museums

    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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  • An events space at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester
    Stretford

    Victoria Warehouse

    Music Venues

    Victoria Warehouse has been a fixture on Manchester’s industrial skyline for almost a century. Once used to store cotton, it’s now a huge events space that plays host to concerts, festivals, weddings, conferences, exhibitions and more.

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  • The Whitworth is one of Manchester's leading art galleries
    Oxford Road

    The Whitworth

    Art Galleries

    Any art lover’s trip to Manchester would not be complete without a morning or afternoon spent gazing at the walls (and wallpaper collections) of The Whitworth.

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