While a prix fixe dinner might be the standard V-Day go-to, it isn’t for everyone. If you’re not into marking the cheesiest day of the year with a romantic candlelit dinner, there’s still plenty to do in and around the city. Take a look at list of not-so-lame ideas.
Take a romantic canal trip
No need to go to Venice to take your true love on a romantic canal trip. We may not have any gondolas but we’ve got the next best thing. Buy your true love a Cornetto and take him or her on a shopping trip to intu Trafford Centre on board a Waxi – a Manchester water taxi.
Go on a romantic cruise
Not the Mediterranean or the Northern Lights but a six-hour trip on a Manchester Ship Canal cruise from Salford Quays to Liverpool. The cruise sails through historic locks and bridges which have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago, and takes passengers past some of the region’s most stunning architectural and natural sights.
Enjoy a massage for couples
Nothing kills romance like stress. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, why not treat yourselves to an evening of relaxation? With a heated relaxation pool, an elegant swan neck fountain, a salt infusion aromatherapy steam bath, and hanging pods that can accommodate two people, the Spa at the Midland is an ideal place to relax and unwind together.
Enjoy a spot of afternoon tea
There’s nothing more British – or romantic – than traditional afternoon tea and in Manchester you’re spoiled for choice.
Watch a romantic film
Looking to spice up your Valentine’s day? 50 Shades Darker hits cinemas just in time for the 14th and Manchester’s industrial AMC cinema is the perfect place to watch it. Share a box of popcorn and let the magic happen. Definitely worth skipping a night of Netflix and chill for.
Take a walk in the Cloud
Take your romance to new heights and enjoy the best views in the city from the magnificent Cloud 23 bar and while you’re at it, indulge in a cocktail or two and bask in your surroundings. It may not be the Eiffel Tower, but at 47 floors Beetham Tower is still the highest building in Manchester.
Enjoy some sexy food
Strapped for cash? No problem. Treat your true love to a bag of chips at The Corner Plaice, Manchester’s best chippy. Add a portion of mushy peas if you’re feeling extra romantic. And don’t forget the gravy.
Spend the night at one of Britain’s sexiest hotels
The Great John Street Hotel has been named one of the sexiest stays in Britain by The Sunday Times so, if you’re feeling amorous why not spend the night there? Each room is unique and features original Victorian decor and there’s an oyster bar, one of nature’s finest aphrodisiacs.
There’s nothing more romantic than walking hand in hand in the rain with your true love. Luckily there’s plenty of it in Manchester. And it’s free.