With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, perhaps your thoughts are turning to a romantic proposal.  Move over Paris – there’s a new city of love.

With a selection of premium restaurants, stunning architecture and picturesque views, Manchester is fast becoming one of the most romantic destinations to pop the question.

Getting engaged is up there with one of the most memorable milestones of your life – apart from the big day itself, of course. Everybody dreams of their own special and unique proposal story. It’s a special moment so some serious TLC needs to go into planning such a special occasion, especially if, like me, you’re- a sucker for a good ol’ proposal.

With the season of love fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of our top places to pop the question.

John Rylands Library

Pic Wesley Harding

This is a beautiful place to propose. In fact, it’s got to be up there with the most beautiful libraries on the planet. The building is over a century old and looks like something out of a Harry Potter film thanks to its cathedral-like elegance and charm. It’s very big too so there will be a nice quaint corner somewhere for you to drop down on one knee.

Albert Square

If you’re a bit of a showman or woman and want to generate a bit of an audience behind you for morale support, get yourself down to Albert Square for the big ask. It’s one of the busiest places to propose but it does have some of the city’s most iconic monuments and statues.

Hotel Gotham

Have a mini staycation at one of Manchester’s most luxurious hotels. It’s definitely at the pricier end of the spectrum as far as hotels are concerned, but surely your partner is worth it? Enjoy some delicious food, have drinks in the Club Brass Bar, then head out onto the terrace overlooking the city and pop the question. You never know, you might even bump into some A-List celebs or Simon Cowell.

Opera House

This one deserves a mention as this is where my husband popped the question to me. Being a proud Mancunian and a theatre lover this was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. So why not take your loved one to see a show, maybe have a little word with the theatre manager beforehand and see if you can create your own show stopping proposal that your partner will never forget?

Cloud 23 – The Hilton Deansgate

For a wedding proposal with a touch of style, why not whisk your beloved up to the highest point in the city on the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower. Treat yourself to some of the finest champagnes and a decadent afternoon tea and embrace those panoramic city views before getting down on one knee. Take their breath away and announce your love to the world in front of some of Manchester most stunning views.

Sunset by Australasia

If you fancy a failsafe, tried and tested route, get yourself down to this stunning Spinningfields cocktail bar on a beautiful terraced area at the back of Australasia. It’s a vision in pink and one of the most instagrammable spots in Manchester. A firm favourite of some of the Coronation Street and TOWIE stars alike, this is somewhere that you can express your love whilst eating sushi and sipping some delightful cocktails.

The Rovers Return – Coronation Street

Photo: Amy Brammall/ITV

If your partner in crime is an avid Corrie fan, what better way to propose than by dropping to one knee outside the Rovers Return on the famous cobbles of Coronation Street? If you pre-warn the staff they could have a bottle celebratory bubbles on hand for when your loved one says ‘yes’. With tickets costing £35 this isn’t an option to be grumbled at and you also get a tour of the set. Double win.

The French – Midland Hotel

The Midland has been home to some truly romantic restaurants over the years. The French is no exception. You are treated like royalty when you enter this stunning restaurant. Sip on some of the finest wines and feast on the innovative menus before plucking up some courage to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage under the crystal chandeliers. After all, they say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach.

King Street Townhouse

Going down the hotel route again, King Street Townhouse is more reasonably priced than Gotham and boasts a rooftop infinity pool and The Cellars, a luxurious, state of the art, 20 seater screening room, which can be hired out privately. You could ask them to play his/her favourite film or the most romantic film you can think of (I vote Dirty Dancing) and catch them off guard with a ring in a bucket of popcorn. Just an idea.

The hotel rooms are very impressive too. Some of the suites have fantastic views of the Town Hall and clock tower which, on a clear day, is romantic in itself.

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