10 of the best places to watch the sunset in Manchester
Manchester sunset

The longer and warmer late summer evenings are the ideal opportunity to sit out with a cocktail in hand and watch the sunset.

Manchester has loads of stunning spots which are ideal for seeing (and snapping) the sun as it sets below the horizon. Here are just ten of our favourite viewpoints.

Salford Quays

With the sun reflecting on both the shiny new buildings and water at the Quays, it’s the ideal place to watch the sunset. And – of course – photograph it for posterity.

Heaton Park

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The highest point in the city of Manchester can be found within Heaton Park. Climb up to The Temple next to Heaton Hall and admire the views across the city.

Cloud 23

Cocktail bar Cloud 23 offers the perfect spot to watch the transition from day to night from its location within Manchester’s tallest building.

On top of a car park

Make use of some of the city centre’s multistories for something other than just parking your car and check out the views while you’re there.

Hotel Gotham

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Located in the heart of the city centre, this King Street hotel features a rooftop bar offering stunning views right across the city

Cornbook Metrolink stop

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Its exposed position means it’s not the warmest place in Manchester to wait for a tram, but it does mean it has great views across the city which is ideal for watching the sun go down on your way home.


See the setting sun reflect onto the canals and over some of Manchester’s iconic industrial sites from Castlefield.

Platt Fields Park

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Admire the evening as it unfolds over the lake from within south Manchester favourite, Platt Fields Park.

Peel Tower

Overlooking Ramsbottom, Peel Tower stands atop Holcombe Hill and has dramatic views across Bury and Manchester. It’s also an easy walk back down.

Saddleworth Moor

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If you want to get away from it all and experience more rural views, head up to Saddleworth and enjoy the sunset over the surrounding moors.

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