Top Instagram Spots in Manchester

During my vacation in Northern England I also spend some days in Manchester. Manchester is a wonderful city with many great sights and activities. I noticed that Manchester is a very Instagrammable city too. So I decided to collect the most photogenic places for you. On this page you’ll find the top Instagram spots in Manchester.

Chetham’s Library

Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in England and it’s truly a magnificent place. You feel like you’re in a Harry Poter story as you walk around the isles filled with books. The interior has a lof of black which adds to the mystic atmosphere. A ‘moody’ black picture every once in a while looks great on your Instagram feed!

Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo has a very Instagrammable lobby. Right above the desk of the reception you’ll see these baskets hanging from the ceiling.
The restaurant of the hotel is also very photogenic.

The old Wellington

A bit of black and white always looks good. You can up the contrast a bit for an even better Instagram shot. The old Wellington gives you the perfect picture to show some black and white on your feed.


Frog is a flower shop that always has a great display of flowers and plants at their entrance. The colors vary with the season. I took this shot in the summer time when everything was in bloom.


In Stevenson square in Manchester North you can find 3 blocks that have graffiti art on them. The project is run by Outhouse. They arrange new artists every 3 months to create a new piece of art on the blocks. This work is made by local artist Akse. He painted Game of Thrones character Aya Stark. Unfortunately this piece is already gone as his 3 months passed by.

The Refuge

The Refuge is a restaurant and bar in Manchester. It has a beautiful interior that is very Instagrammable. There are several spaces in the restaurant that each have their own vibe. I loved this ‘greenhouse’ inside the restaurant.

Sunset by Australasia

Speaking of Instagrammable restaurants, Sunset by Australasia is a great restaurant in Manchester for Instagram pictures. They have a conservatory with white and soft pink and the interior in the restaurant also has pink walls and furniture.


Boodles is a jewelry store in a beautiful black and white building corner building. The first shop of this family business opened up in Liverpool, but I just love the facade of their shop in Manchester.

Victoria Baths

I can talk for ages about how Instagrammable the Victoria Baths are. This deserted public swimming pool has a wonderful mixture of renovated and old parts. The baths consist of three swimming pools and you can also visit the steam baths and the dressing rooms. From April to the end of October they have tours on Wednesdays. But they also host events regularly of which the profits go to renovating the baths.
Check the Victoria Baths website for more information.

Barton Arcade

Barton Arcade is a shopping mall in a beautiful Victorian building. There are shops and restaurants on the ground floor and offices on the upper floors. The ceiling is made from cast-iron and glass and gives you the feeling of a botanical garden. The balconies inside add a lot to the atmosphere.

John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library in Manchester is a breath-taking library. It opened in 1900 as a tribute to Enriqueta Ryland’s husband John Ryland. You can find statues of the both of them in the main hall. The library is open to the public, so you can visit it for free.

Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange Theatre is free to visit, also when you don’t have tickets for a show. Besides the round stage in the middle of the dome you’ll also find the Rivals restaurant and bar and a theatre shop in the Royal Exchange Theatre. The pink illumination makes this theatre great for Instagram pictures.

Peveril of the Peak

This cafe in Manchester is as Instagrammable as cafes get. Peveril of the Peak has yellow and green tiles on the outside and flowers hanging below every window. Besides getting a beer here, you can also play a game of pool or darts.

The Whitworth

The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester has a very Instagrammable restaurant. With all glass walls it feels like your in the middle of nature. You have beautiful views over the park in which you can find the Whitworth Gallery.

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