Ready to pop the question to your partner? Congratulations, that’s a huge step in your relationship! Now, it’s time to start planning. One of the first things you’ll want to do (after purchasing an engagement ring, of course) is explore places to propose in Manchester. This city is filled with spots worthy of your marriage proposal, so whether you want to drop down on one knee in a restaurant, park or somewhere completely different, you’ve got options.
Here are the most romantic places to propose in Manchester.
Naturally, you’re going to want to celebrate your new relationship status with some bubbly, so why not stage your proposal at a champagne bar? Épernay boasts the largest champagne list in the city, filled with modestly priced bottles and splurge-worthy vintages, so you’ll be able to find something within your budget. Word to the wise, if you’re planning your big moment for a weekend, you’ll want to make a reservation so that you don’t miss out on a table.
John Rylands Library
John Rylands Library is the place to propose in Manchester to a guy or girl who’s a bit of a bookworm. Not only does it house an amazing collection, but it’s probably one of the most beautiful libraries on the planet - the building is over a century old and looks like it belongs in the Harry Potter films thanks to its cathedral-like elegance. It’s pretty large, too, so you should have no trouble finding a quiet place in the stacks to drop down on one knee.
If you want to go the tried and true route, pop the question at a restaurant. Manchester has no shortage of amazing eateries, but Hawksmoor may just take the cake. Why? It’s beautifully decorated, has a drool-worthy selection of dishes and has plenty of space, so you won’t be squished in with the couple next to you. P.S. while you may be tempted to sneak the engagement ring into their champagne glass or dessert, we highly caution against it (you don’t want your partner to accidentally swallow it!).
If you really want an audience for your proposal, head to Albert Square for your big moment. It’s one of the busiest places to propose in Manchester and flaunts some of the city’s most iconic monuments and statues (making it a hotbed for tourists). When you get down on one knee expect to hear a few supportive cheers from passersby, but don’t let it distract you from the task at hand - asking your partner to marry you.
Manchester Art Gallery
Finding a proposal spot that’s (almost) as beautiful as the love of your life is key, and the Manchester Art Gallery may just be the prettiest place in the city. It’s filled with gorgeous works by famed artists like Matisse, Degas and Picasso and has new exhibitions popping up all the time. We suggest spending your day checking out all that it has to discover and popping the question when you’re standing in front of your partner’s favourite piece (that’ll make it even more memorable).
Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden
The Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden is one of the best places to propose in Manchester to a nature lover. It’s located outside of the bustling city centre and is brimming with beautiful flower beds, ornamental trees and shrubs, a serene pond and more. Stroll around its grounds and when the moment feels right, ask your S.O. to marry you - then start picking out the flowers for your wedding day (it’s a great place to start).
Want to treat your partner to a destination proposal but don’t have the time and/or funds to book a trip out of town? Stage a mini staycation in Manchester. Hotel Gotham is definitely on the pricier end of the spectrum as far as hotels are concerned, but, hey, you only get one proposal, so we say go all out. You’ll get to spend your hometown holiday cozying up in robes, sleeping in and enjoying room service. Before you check out, pop the question - it’ll be an amazing end to an already awesome “trip”.
Wheel of Manchester
The Wheel of Manchester is far more than just a tourist attraction - it makes for the perfect proposal spot, too. Instead of waiting in line and piling into a capsule with strangers, book a private ride for you and your partner. After oohing and ahhing over the stunning views, give a little speech and drop down on one knee. Pro tip: if you go for the VIP package you’ll be treated to champagne and truffles, so it’s definitely worth the extra quid.
Manchester may not boast balmy beaches like the Bahamas, Mexico or Aruba, but you can still pop the question by the water. Head to Alexandra Park and give your proposal speech right by the lake’s edge (just be careful not to drop the ring). If you want to make the event extra special, pack a picnic and a bottle of bubbly and have a little post-engagement celebration on the grass.
Your love may not make it into textbooks, but you can ensure that it goes down in history by proposing at the Manchester Museum. Whether your partner is enamored by Egyption relics, earth sciences or plants, there’s a gallery that’ll peak their interest here. P.S. if you want some privacy, aim for a weekday, so that the museum isn’t filled with tourists and children.