Does a lie-in and breakfast to your door sound like your idea of quality time? Or would you prefer to get dressed up and dine in one of the city’s top restaurants? Whatever it is that tickles both you and your other halves fancy, Manchester city is full to the brim of exciting activities and relaxing experiences that will make planning a couples activity a pretty simple task!
This is Clayton Hotel Manchester City Centre’s insider guide to the best things to do in Manchester for couples – all within just a short distance from the hotel.
Catch a show at the Palace Theatre
6-minute walk from the hotel
First opening its doors in 1891, the Palace Theatre Manchester is one of the main theatres in the city and is known for hosting a range of shows and musicals. This hub of entertainment makes for one of the great activities in Manchester for couples – particularly if you’re a pair of theatre enthusiasts! From Swan Lake to The Rock Orchestra, the variety of shows is always impressive here so there is bound to be something to satisfy you both.
Breakfast in bed at Clayton Hotel Manchester City Centre
If you would prefer to swap your glad rags for your pyjamas, then breakfast in bed at Clayton Hotel Manchester City Centre is worth putting at the top of your to-do list! Simply order through the Guest Services Platform and choose for your breakfast to be delivered straight to your door at a time that suits you. Relax and enjoy your morning at your own pace before venturing out to explore the city.
Browse through Afflecks Arcade
9-minute walk from the hotel
An afternoon spent browsing through Afflecks Arcade is an afternoon well spent! This buzzing indoor market is home to over 70 independent stores and stalls, each as unique as the other – think record shops, tarot readings and vintage boutiques. After some window shopping and inevitably purchasing a memento to remember your day by, grab an ice cream at Ginger’s Comfort Emporium – an award-winning ice cream bar on the first floor of Afflecks.
Try ping pong at Twenty Twenty Two
8-minute walk from the hotel
Ping pong, beer pong and cocktails; enjoy it all with a visit to Twenty Twenty Two! Just a short walk from the hotel, this unique space serves as a bar, ping pong room and events space – making for a pretty fun-filled evening for any couple with a competitive edge. There are ping pong tables located throughout the venue which can be rented for 30 minutes to one hour, the space often hosts a number of events too so be sure to check if anything is on while you’re around!
Take a Manchester River Cruise along the canal
15-minute walk from the hotel
See Manchester from a whole new perspective on a Manchester River Cruise with your other half. Starting from the city centre, you will be taken towards the old docks where you will experience sweeping views of the Lowry Arts Centre and Imperial War Museum North. For any soap fans, you will even get a glimpse at the ITV studios home to the Coronation Street set! The cruise is around 2 hours long and there will be a tour guide on board to offer insight into the history of the city.
Get dinner at one of Manchester’s romantic restaurants
Why not get all dressed up and reserve a table for two at one of Manchester’s romantic restaurants? As a foodie haven, the streets of Manchester are alight with exciting restaurants and eateries that will deliver a dinner date with a difference. We would recommend Tattu for modern Chinese cuisine and delectable cocktails, Erst for good wine and seasonal small plates or Clayton Hotel’s No. 55 Restaurant and Bar for modern British cuisine in a stylish setting.