Manchester is one of the biggest cities in the United Kingdom, famous for its football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, and for being home to the soap opera Coronation Street.
Historically, Manchester was known for being an industrial city and you can still see remnants of that past today as you walk through the streets where coffee shops, stores and bars have taken up residence in the former warehouses, cotton mills and viaducts. The city is also full of iconic architecture, from the Imperial War Museum North to the Beetham Tower and Lowry in Salford Quays.
With that, Manchester has so much to offer couples who are looking to explore the city from a different perspective and do something a little off the beaten track.
We’ve rounded up our favourite unique things for couples to do in Manchester:
How many times have you and your significant other been axe throwing before? Whether the answer is numerical or none, you are guaranteed to have a date to remember at Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing.
Open to everyone aged 18 and over, the 70-minute experience involves some safety tips and training to get you started and then you will be unleashed to enter a tournament.
If you are looking for something invigorating and exciting, definitely check this place out.
If you are a cat person, the Cat Cafe in Manchester is worth a visit. You can book in advance to secure your time with the cats or if you want to do a walk-in visit, it’ll set you back £12 per hour (or £1 every 5 minutes). The fees include unlimited drinks and you can get a slice of scrumptious cake on the side.
If you haven’t been to a cat cafe before, the ethos is that by visiting these friendly felines, people will become more mindful and present in their day-to-day lives. Research has shown that listening to a cat purr can help to slow down your heart rate and lower blood pressure.
Bowling is such a fun day or night activity to do as a couple and All Star Lanes makes it that little bit more fun by adding in a great bar and restaurant on the side.
The Manchester Deansgrange location has a beautiful restaurant and bar where you can get a delicious brunch, food to bring with you to the lanes and scrumptious desserts. There is also a ‘Dine, Drink and Bowl’ offer where you can choose two courses, a cocktail and go bowling for £30 per person.
The Spice Club’s motto is “Indian food. The way it’s supposed to be…homemade & delicious” and that is exactly what it is.
You can experience the renowned food at one of its many pop-up supper clubs around the city or if you fancy being the master of your own dinner, you can attend a cooker class run by the Spice Club and learn to cook up some of your favourite dishes from the menu.
The classes are intimate and remain true to the ethos of creating tasty home cooked meals. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced cook looking to explore more Indian cuisine, the casual cooker classes are perfect for all levels.
Chocolate lovers will be in their element at Cocoa Cabana. The owner, Sarah Gallacher, mastered her craft at the world-famous Slattery’s Patissier and Chocolatiers and now hand makes her own chocolate creations in Manchester, using the finest locally sourced ingredients – without using additives, preservatives or artificial flavouring.
As well as some of the most enticing chocolate creations you’ll ever see, the chocolatiers serves up toasties, coffee and of course, it’s beloved hot chocolate.
As with anywhere in the UK, Manchester is prone to some rainy days throughout the year as well but this won’t stop you from enjoying the lush greenery in the Refuge indoor garden.
It is a very romantic setting to enjoy some cocktails and quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets. The trees are decorated with twinkling fairy lights, which is particularly striking in the evening, but the overall decor is plush, calm and inviting for all times of the day or night.
The Frog & Bucket is in Manchester’s thriving creative quarter and has seen lots of well-known comedy stars grace its stage over the years.
Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay were regulars often compering the weekend shows, and it is also where John Bishop took to the stage for the very first time. Off the stage, there is a good chance that you will spot some well-known names in the audience as well.
These days, the club is open for shows four days a week. On Friday and Saturday nights, it’s very busy with its infamous end of the week shows taking to the stage. But if you are looking for something more sedate, Thursday’s are said to be more relaxed with a “connoisseur led show”.
If you find yourself nearby on Monday, be sure to pop in and watch new talent attempt to “beat the frog” (the club’s mascot) by staying on stage for five minutes without being ‘croaked’ off.
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