The most Instagrammable places in Manchester

Looking to brighten up your Insta feed with some top shots from the area? We’ve got some of the most Instagrammable places in Manchester city centre in mind for you!

Northern Quarter

Just a stone’s throw from Printworks, Manchester’s Northern Quarter is a space packed with individuals who have come together to create a centre of independent businesses with unique twists. The walls are treated as tapestries for local artists, with new street art popping up constantly.

Spaces on Tib Street and Stevenson Square display the works of talented artists including Akse, LostHills and Tasha Whittle, with many pieces paying tribute to people and movements that inspire us or sharing a deeper meaning.

Retailers, bars and restaurants use their shutters and walls as a blank canvas for artists to brighten up the front, making each building unique.

This shot by @manc_wanderer perfectly captures the beauty of Lei-Mai LeMaow’s work.


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Okay, maybe we’re a little biased, but amongst the modern glass architecture of our neighbours Manchester Arndale and the National Football Museum, we’ve stayed true to our printing house roots, adding our own modern twist with our neon lights, and a mural by local artist Justin Eagleton by our Dantzic Street entrance.

And we do look good in a photo – just check out this one by @jg0r_photography:


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Ancoats Marina

It can be a challenge for city centre dwellers to find a quiet spot without straying far from home, but Ancoats Marina provides a small escape from the hustle and bustle.

There are some stunning views too, making it an ideal place to get a few snaps while you’re stopping by to walk your dog or just grab some downtime.

Check out this shot by @the_manchester_edit which shows off the Marina in the glorious sunshine!


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St Peter’s Square

Nope, we don’t mean the tram stop! We mean the stunning architecture surrounding it.

Manchester Central Library and Manchester Town Hall overlook the square, and the square itself has statues of Emmeline Pankhurst and the Manchester Cenotaph. The spot is steeped in history and gives you a moment to think about the people who made Manchester such a great city.

This shot from @victoriaplum37 captures the Square beautifully.


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Canal Street

Our city has a proud LGBTQIA+ history, and the Canal Street area is packed with vibrant energy to reflect the rainbow Pride Flag – and it’s not a bad spot to grab a photo or two either!

Whether it’s the iconic Canal Street sign, graffiti portraits or local LGBT icons such as Drag Race’s local star Divina De Campo, or a shot of the sun sparkling off the canal you’ll have your camera out constantly when taking a stroll through the Village.

This shot by @thegaymanc shows off the huge welcome Canal Street has for anyone who wants to pop down.


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John Rylands Library

While we’ve focused on the stunning outdoor spaces in Manchester, let’s take a moment to appreciate the grand indoors of John Rylands Library.

As well as the large main area that reminds us a little of Hogwarts, everywhere you look has tiny details. People have spent hours in the area taking in the building without ever making it to the books it’s home to.

While we’d highly recommend heading down there to really take it in, here’s a taster from @brittonperelman:


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 Stopping by Printworks for a photoshoot sometime soon? Tag @mcrprintworks in your photos to be featured on our page!

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