South of Manchester you’ll find predominantly flat landscapes and rolling meadows, but there’s one incredible viewpoint just outside the affluent village of Alderley Edge. After a short stroll through the woods you’ll find a red sandstone escarpment with dramatic vistas of the Cheshire Plains and, on a clear day, the peaks of the Pennines in the distance. The contrast of the red cliffs and green landscapes make the scene particularly photogenic.
Head to the infamous bar on the Hilton Hotel’s 23rd floor to enjoy the best urban views in Manchester. On a sunny day, you can even see the surrounding hills in the distance, but even on a cloudy day you’ll be treated to moody and dramatic city scenes with all of the city’s most iconic buildings in sight, contemporary glass contrasting against Neo-Gothic structures. At night, this is the perfect place to sip a cocktail while admiring the bright city lights.
The Pennines sit on the edge of Greater Manchester, many of their peaks within easy proximity of the city. Werneth Low hill close to Hyde offers unparalleled vistas over Manchester city centre from its summit with iconic landmarks such as Beetham Tower and Jodrell Bank Observatory visible in clear conditions.
Chorlton Water Park
If you’re seeking spectacular scenery but don’t want to travel 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
One of the city centre’s most desirable hotels features a rooftop infinity pool, where guests can float while admiring urban vistas – the only place in Manchester where you watch the sun set over the city from the water. There’s also a roof terrace if you don’t fancy a swim, offering beautiful views of the Town Hall and many other iconic Manchester buildings.
Imperial War Museum North
For a different perspective on the city, the Air Shard tower (part of the Imperial War Museum North) offers spectacular views of Salford Quays, looking out towards the city centre. The reflections of the nearby buildings of Media City and the Lowry reflecting in the water are reason enough to admire the views here, but you’ll also have the chance to see the cityscape from a different angle.