On the hunt for hidden gems in Manchester for your next creative project or function? You’ve come to the right place! Today, we’ll be letting you in on some well-kept secrets in the area that are amazing for any number of occasions.
You’ll find that many of the locations on the list are from Peerspace, the world’s largest peer-to-peer marketplace for all kinds of hourly venue rentals. If you see one that looks like it would be perfect for your next party, photoshoot, or corporate meeting, it’ll just take a few clicks to start booking and communicating directly with a dedicated local host!
1. Art Nouveau Grade 1 building in Manchester City Centre
Looking for the ultimate combination of elegance, convenience, and historical relevance all in one package? This beautiful Art Nouveau-style building is just a 10-minute walk from Picadilly Station and is available for celebrations or productions. By checking out some of the high-quality images uploaded by the host (something you’ll find on every Peerspace listing), you can see for yourself the romantic architecture that makes this gorgeous property so special and worth checking out.
2. Cool basement bar with a central location
Next up, we have something a little bit more modern in its style. This place is literally a hidden gem in Manchester, as it’s located in the basement of another bar! With moody track lighting and a unique honeycomb bar, this eccentric spot is an interesting backdrop for all kinds of functions or productions. With enough space for 100 people, this deceptively spacious bar is big enough for a larger party or for a full film crew.
3. Glimpse back in time with the Ancoats Peeps
In Manchester, you have the rare opportunity to literally look back in time and see what parts of the city looked like in the Ancoats neighborhood. While walking around the area, you might see some eyepieces on the walls, you can actually look through them and see little art installations chronicling the history of the city!
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4. Immaculate 15th-century manor house
Did you know that Manchester is home to the oldest building in the area? Ordsall Hall dates back 820 years, carrying with it the history of its variety of uses over the years. Today, the manor house is a museum, with rooms that have been maintained like time capsules. They’ve also kept the multi-functional history of the space alive by offering it to Peerspace community members for all kinds of activities! Be sure to take a look through all of the helpful amenities that come along with renting this space and see why it’s such a breeze to host at Ordsall Hall.
5. New York City-style loft space
Want a little slice of New York with your hidden gems in Manchester? Look no further than this industrial Casablanca Mill loft on Peerspace! Located on the edge of Manchester City Centre, this convenient spot is a favorite among community members for productions and photoshoots. With an affordable rate, private entrance and parking, along with other convenient features, this spot is any easy choice for creatives and professionals in the city.
6. Visit the oldest library in the area
Along with being home to the oldest building in the area, Manchester is also home to the oldest library! Chetham’s Library offers you the opportunity to go on a tour and check out some of the 600-year-old books that they have on the premises.
7. Mid-century detached home with gardens
One of the coolest things about searching for event and production locations on Peerspace is all of the unique private homes you’ll come across. Take for example this detached house in Stretford with a cohesive throwback mid-century modern design scheme! They’ve got a room full of vinyl records, colorful furniture, and everything you might expect from the classic style. As an added bonus, you’ll also have full access to the beautiful gardens attached to the home.
8. Victorian gallery space
Want to go even further back in time? Try hosting at this phenomenal gallery space with a stunning collection of 18th-century sculptures, paintings, and more. Not only are the art pieces something to marvel at, but the space’s architecture also provides more to love. This romantic space can be used for dinner parties, productions, and more.
9. Get the real speakeasy experience
Manchester is home to one of the most interesting and exclusive bars in the area. The Washhouse may look like a typical laundromat on the outside, but in actuality, it’s a reservation-only bar with a really cool speakeasy vibe!
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10. Modern home with a private cinema
If you’re looking for a private cinema to host a watch party, movie night, or get-together for game day, Peerspace has you covered. There are some phenomenal options like this modern Didsbury Village 6-bedroom home with exceptional entertaining spaces. Book here and see for yourself why this is one of the highest-rated options from Peerspace community members in the Manchester area!
11. Visit the enigmatic Gnome Island
Hidden away on an abandoned island in Salford Quays you’ll come across a family of garden gnomes – pretty weird right? We think so too, but it’s also an interesting spot to visit and snap a few pictures while you’re in the area. It’s conveniently located right to the Wharfside tram stop, stop by and say hi to all of the funnily named little garden gnomes!
12. Industrial natural light and flash studio
Last on our list today, we have a photo studio in Stockport at an unbelievably affordable rate from Peerspace. With a cool industrial look and huge windows that let in tons of natural light, this is a wonderful choice for all kinds of video or photography. Not only does this come at that amazing rate, they’ve also got super flexible booking times, and the ability to use instant booking to simply pick a date and show up!
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