Best Instagram Spots & Engagement Photoshoot Locations In Manchester, UK | Urban Photo Lab

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Engagement session in Manchester


Manchester is a city bustling with culture and history at every turn. Whether you’re looking for an urban, natural or alternative vibe to your instagram- wedding and engagement photos, this city offers plenty of beautiful locations to capture your special moment. 

The city of Manchester used to be known as ‘Cottonopolis’, for it had the biggest cotton industry in the country. The city claimed this honor way back in 1800 when it established itself as the first industrial town developed by the cotton industry. The city is charming and vibrant, and its unique energy is reflected in its very air. There are an array of famous buildings, festivals, museums, and neighborhoods in Manchester that have contributed to the growth and development of the city.

“this is Manchester, we do things differently.”

Manchester Town Hall University Photography
Manchester Town Hall & University

1. Manchester University & Manchester Animal Museum

It wouldn’t be a list of photoshoot locations without including Manchester Town Hall. This neo-Gothic, Victorian building in the heart of the city offers plenty of stunning angles both internally and externally. The Clock Tower rises to 85m and serves as a majestic backdrop for your photos. Inside, the Great Hall has high windows and a glazed skylight which bathes the room in natural light. The Sculpture Hall features beautiful stone ceilings, as well as statues and busts of influential figures. If you’re a fan of historical buildings and Gothic architecture, then Manchester Town Hall should be high on your list. 

Check our latest Manchester University Engagement session.

Castlefield photosession spots and locations in Manchester

2. Castlefield, Manchester

Our favourite place for an engagement session. Very urban and edgy vibe. It's pretty quiet in the morning (we recommend 7am). Bridgewater Canal is very picturesque. You can walk through the streets and find a lot of beautiful little places for a great photos. Castlefield is an oldest part of Manchester. It gives a great atmosphere and also is surrounded by new Manchester skyscapers.

A walk among the lovingly restored Victorian houses along the old canals or through the reconstructed Roman Fort is time well spent.

Be sure to explore the Bridgewater Canal, constructed in 1761 to transport coal from the mines at Worsley to Manchester. The many old warehouses that line the canal have been restored and turned into offices, shops, hotels, and restaurants. A trip on one of the Bridgewater tour boats is highly recommended.

Check our blog post from Castlefield Couple Photography.

Location for engagement session Salford Quays Media City
Salford Quays, Media City

Salford Quays Media City couple photography manchester

3. Salford Quays, Media City

A beautiful and amazing place in Manchester - really modern and unique - worth a visit - a bit windy sometimes, but it gives you an amazing view on Old Trafford Stadium if you are a football fan. We would recommend visiting Salford Quays in early morning, when there isn't many people around. The area gives a great opportunities for a dreamy photos. Also, great spot for a Manchester United Fans, as you can see Old Trafford Stadium in the background.

Check our blog post from Salford Quays pre-wedding session.

Manchester engagement session in Northern Quarter
Northern Quarter
Instagram Spots in Manchester

4. Streets of Northern Quarter , Manchester City Centre

Manchester is known for its urban, edgy feel. If you’re looking to capture this in your photos, then look no further than the Northern Quarter. With plenty of street art and bohemian bars, there is a real unique character to this corner of the city. The Northern Quarter is renowned for its vintage stores and record shops, so if you’re a fan of fashion and music, then this area is perfect for you.

Check our blog post from Northern Quarter Engagement Session.

Manchester Pre Wedding Photography University

5. Manchester Art Gallery

Located right in the city centre, Manchester Art Gallery is a favourite spot for wedding and engagement shoots. Consisting of three connected buildings, the outside provides a stunning choice of Greek Ionic and Italian Palazzo style architecture. Inside the gallery, there is a breathtaking glass staircase, and plenty of paintings, sculptures, prints and decorative glass to serve as a backdrop for your engagement photos. And if that hasn’t quite convinced you, the gallery has an impressive entrance staircase as well. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an art enthusiast or not - the Manchester Art Gallery is sure to inspire you. 

Manchester engagement session location

Heaton Park engagement Session Photography in Manchester

6. Heaton Park, Manchester

Heaton Park is the 'biggest and best' park in the North West! Great place to go out and spend some time with the nature. Heaton Hall, built in 1772, lies in the very heart of the park and although not all of it is open to the public, it remains an impressive sight (some buildings, such as the charming Orangery, are open seasonly to the public).

King Street Townhouse Instagram View
King Street Townhouse, Manchester City Centre

7. King Street Townhouse, Manchester

King Street Townhouse is a remarkable Italian renaissance building in the city centre. With its beautifully styled interior, it’s no surprise that this 4-star hotel is a popular wedding venue. The hotel also features a lounge and terrace with stunning views over Manchester. If it’s dramatic backdrops that you’re after, King Street Townhouse does not disappoint. 

8. Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Didsbury

Just outside of Manchester (20minutes drive) is a beautiful park called Fletcher Moss. It's a great place for your engagement or couple session. Park has a cute area with exotic plant, little pond, pampas and there is also a huge woodland area. Founded in 1917, this large green space - part botanical garden and part wildlife habitat - is an engaging contrast to the busy city center. There are numerous walking trails on the property, as well as regular guided "health" walks.

Check our post from Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden engagement session.

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