Top 10 Places to Enjoy Spring Weather in Manchester

The ultimate guide to find the best spots to enjoy the Mancunian spring weather.

After months of sheltering in cosy pubs to combat UK’s coldest season, spring is finally here!

This time is all about enjoying warmer weather by eating and drinking in the coolest outdoor seating places by the canals or soaking up the atmosphere, giving stunning walks around Greater Manchester’s parks.

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to make the most of in Manchester during spring time,

here’s a round-up of the greatest events and places that you should give a go.

Plan the Perfect Picnic in the Parkment

Spending time outdoors when there’s fresh air and the warmth of sun is easy, but deciding the right place is not. What better way to enjoy all that nature has to offer than going on a picnic?

Platt Fields (M14 6LA)

It is a 24/7 open park free of any entry charge, famous for its recreational and playground areas, sports facilities, labyrinth area, an extensive lagoon used for boating and fishing, grassy and comfy areas to lay down and relax.

It is located in Fallowfield (south of Manchester) and it will only take you 20 minutes from Picadilly Gardens if you take bus number 147.

Withworth Park and Alexandra Park

These are also public parks in the south of Manchester, known for their greener areas, monuments and friendly atmosphere.


Drinking by the Canal

When the sun pops out, we are all eager for a waterside bar in Manchester to enjoy the weather and to drink a proper pint.

Lock 91 (Deansgate, M3 4QL)

This is a lounge bar with an outdoor terrace suitable for sipping cocktails and have a nice talk with your friends. It has also private areas and an indoor room if you are feeling under the weather.

Barca Live (Castlefield, M3 4RU)

Perfect place for drinking, chatting and drinking near the canal. If you are a wine taster, this is your place. Besides, you can also enjoy a hearty lunch and even sometimes get in a dance mood, as there are bands performing live concerts.

Rain Bar (Deansgate Locks, M1 5JG)

Near Rochdale canal, you can sit for a pub classic and enjoy a tasty meal with good company. It is also a night bar, with lots of young people soaking up Manchester’s nightlife.


Beer Gardens

Sinclair’s Oyster Bar (M3 1SW)

Sinclairs is one of the oldest pubs in Manchester with an outside terrace full to bursting. You will be tempted by its wide range of beers, yet you need to know they only accept cash!

Big Hands (M13 9NS

This pub boasts of an international range of beers from lagers to pales, and even ciders. Its visitors qualify this place as a quite alternative with a rock/fairground-esque decoration.


Rooftop Terraces

If you need a break from the hustling and bustling of the city, there are plenty of rooftop terraces where you can admire the views of the city and disconnect from Manchester’s combustion.

20 Stories (M3 3EB)

It is an enormous roof garden perched at the top of the No 1 Spinningfields tower. Its renowned for its extensive lounge area and chick and good quality cocktails.

20a stories

Take a hike

Our company offers day trips to England’s most impressive mountainous landscapes. You’ll have the chance of embarking in an impressive experience next 7th of April, as Citylife organises a trip to Lake District, which is by far the most popular national park, next to Peak District.


Visit National Trust site (Altricham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ)

Visit Dunham Mansion to get in touch with nature, as it is an ancient deer park and a mansion filled with treasures and stories to tell. You can give a stroll around the area, which is completely free to visitors, while admiring the beauty of these hoofed ruminant mammals.

It is advisable to take the tram from Picadilly Gardens to Altrincham and then, from the same station take the 5CAT5 bus, beware of its timetables!


I Scream for Ice-Cream

Manchester will not be famous for its beaches and summer mood, but that does not imply that you can’t walk down the city and explore it savouring one of the best ice creams in town.

Creams Caffe in Portland Street (M1 3BE) or Milk Jam in Oxford Road (M1 6EQ) are by far one of the best options.


Salford Quays

This urban side of the city is located near the end of the Manchester Ship Canal. In less than 15 minutes, you can get Eccles Line of the Manchester Metrolink from Picadilly Gardens and stop at Salford Quays and Media City.

It is a unique waterfront destination with loads of venues and museums to visit. There are many restaurants near the canal, but what we recommend the most is to walk across the bridges, watching the light reflect of the water.



Manchester Punk Festival (M15 6AD)

Are you doing anything special on on the 19 until the 21? Are you a big fan of punk? This is your best shot to enjoy massive gigs by more than 100 bands from all over the world playing your favourite punk songs for three entire days.

Easter Funfair at Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

This urban festival takes place across the 13th and 22th of April and it offers funfair fames, local food and many other activities.


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