Where To Go in Manchester for Gorgeous Views

The BBC studios and offices at Media City, near Salford Quays
The BBC studios and offices at Media City, near Salford Quays | © Russell Hart / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Emma Lavelle
21 September 2018

For those looking to rack up Instagram followers, Manchester is the place to capture the perfect panoramic shot, with its awe-inspiring Gothic cityscapes that give way to the Peak District, the Pennines and the Cheshire Plain. Here are Culture Trip’s favourite views across Manchester.

Alderley Edge

Alderley's Stormy Point looks across the Cheshire Plain towards the Peak District | © UK City Images / Alamy Stock Photo

South of Manchester you’ll find predominantly flat landscapes and rolling meadows, but there is one jaw-dropping viewpoint just outside the quaint village of Alderley Edge. After a short stroll through the woods, you’ll find yourself on Stormy Point, a red sandstone ridge overlooking the Cheshire Plain; on a clear day, you can even see the peaks of the Pennines in the distance. The contrast between the red cliffs and verdant landscape makes the scene particularly photogenic.

Cloud 23

Hilton Manchester Deansgate Cloud 23 Bar | © Hilton

Head to this bar on the Hilton Hotel’s 23rd floor to enjoy the best urban views in Manchester. On a sunny day you can see as far as the hills surrounding the city, but even when it’s cloudy you’ll be treated to a moody and dramatic skyline, with contemporary glass set against Neo-Gothic architecture. With all Manchester’s well-known buildings in sight, this is the perfect place to sip an evening cocktail while admiring the bright city lights.

Werneth Low

The footpath at Werneth Low | © Michael Walters 1 / Alamy Stock Photo

The Pennines sit on the edge of Greater Manchester. The summit of Werneth Low hill, close to the town of Hyde, offers unparalleled vistas over Manchester city centre. Take a picnic and gaze out over iconic landmarks such as Beetham Tower and Jodrell Bank Observatory, which are visible in clear conditions.

Chorlton Water Park

Chorlton Water Park | © Phil Pearson / Stockimo / Alamy Stock Photo

If you’re seeking spectacular country scenery but don’t want to travel too far out of the city centre, head to Chorlton Water Park for an evening stroll. Located beside the River Mersey, this picturesque lake is surrounded by a nature reserve and becomes incredibly photogenic at golden hour, when the setting sun reflects on the water to create beautiful views.

King Street Townhouse

King Street Townhouse | Courtesy of King Street Townhouse

One of the city centre’s most desirable hotels features a rooftop infinity spa pool, where guests can float while admiring the urban views; it’s the only place in Manchester where you can watch the sun set over the city from the water. After your relaxing soak, make your way up to the roof terrace to admire vistas of the Town Hall and many other beautiful buildings.

Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North and MediaCityUK's swing bridge, Salford Quays | © lowefoto / Alamy Stock Photo

Experience the city from a different perspective at the Air Shard tower. Part of the Imperial War Museum North, this striking building offers spectacular views of Salford Quays looking out towards the city centre. The reflections of the nearby MediaCityUK and the Lowry are two more reasons to visit this spot.

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