We use cookies to give you the best possible experience, analyse our traffic and personalise our marketing efforts. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy

Manage Cookies

Access uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies to store certain information about visitors to our Online Services, including their preferences. By collecting this information, we learn how to best serve our visitors, including tailoring advertising.

To find out more about which cookies are used on this site and to manage your cookie settings, click on the different category headings below. Disabling some cookies may impact your experience of the site.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal information is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from Access Self Storage only

Functional

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal information is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from Access Self Storage only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is anonymous unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Photography in Manchester

The 8 best photo spots

Walking around Manchester you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking to take a great photo (or 10). Whether you’re into architecture, sweeping views or quirky art – there’s something for you! Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of the best spots for photography in Manchester. Happy shooting!

Manchester photographers have a wealth of shooting opportunities – here are eight of the best.

1. Withington pumping station

If you’re looking for a trendy photo spot, you should definitely consider Withington pumping station. The abandoned structure is one of the country’s legal graffiti walls, so no need to sneak around! You can even add some of your own art to the mix if you fancy.

2. Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens

For nature photography in Manchester, head over to the Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens. With small waterfalls running into ponds and a wide range of trees and shrubs, it’s a great place to take some nature shots. What’s more, entry is free.

3. Manchester Central Library

Looking to take a few photos of a beautiful old building? Then you should visit the Manchester Central Library. Constructed between 1930 and 1934, the building’s structure will remind you of the Pantheon in Rome. 

4. Northern Quarter

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is perfect for walking around and soaking up all the laid-back bohemian vibes. The red brick buildings with New York style architecture are regularly used in film sets and make for great photos. Also keep your eyes peeled for the quirky street art that is worth a snap. 

5. Victoria Baths

When it opened in 1906, Victoria Baths on Hathersage Road, Manchester, was described as "the most splendid municipal bathing institution in the country" and "a water palace of which every citizen of Manchester can be proud".  While the baths closed in 1993 awaiting restoration, the building is still open as a heritage and visitor site. So, if you’re looking for a good spot for photography in Manchester – swing by, the amazing architecture, stained glass windows, terracotta tiles and mosaic floors are sure to make for great photos.

6. Imperial War Museum North

For a great view of the city and the quays, make your way to the viewing deck at the Imperial War Museum North’s Air Shard. At 100 feet high, with some of the most spectacular views of the area, this is definitely a photo op worth the effort!

7. The Quays

After visiting the museum, why not explore The Quays? With interesting views of the Lowry building, the large Plaza, the terraced areas down to the canal and the Lifting Footbridge leading to Trafford Wharfside, it’s the perfect spot to get a great range of photographs!

8. Spinningfields

For a mix of the old and new, head on over to Spinningfields, located between Deansgate and the River Irwell. This area offers the chance to see, and photograph, some of Manchester’s newest architecture alongside more traditional buildings, like the John Rylands Library.

No matter where you go to practice photography in Manchester, you’re bound to get the shot you want! And remember, if you end up owning more photography equipment than you have room for at home, our self storage Manchester units can keep it safe for you until you need it again. 

Manchester photography courtesy of David Dixon (cc-by-sa/ 2.0)

Blog Sections