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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 7 best rooftop terraces in Manchester

When it comes to living in a city and being immersed in the day-to-day hustle and bustle, you often find yourself wanting a different perspective or even a break from the endless energy.

It's important to take a moment, stop, and look up. No one knows this more than Manchester, a city known for its sprawling skyline and captivating views.

There are a number of rooftop terraces showing the best of Manchester's scenic cityscape, and offering up great drinks and nibbles. With that being said, here are our favourite rooftop terraces in Manchester.

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cloud 23 rooftop terrace manchester
cloud 23 rooftop terrace manchester

1. A sky-high rooftop terrace in Manchester: Cloud 23


Just around the corner from Deansgate station, you'll find Cloud 23.

The rooftop terrace is a sky-high sanctuary where you can enjoy a drink overlooking Manchester’s cityscape or tuck into some afternoon tea while you enjoy the contemporary interior.

Their very own Crafted in the Clouds menu celebrates Manchester's heritage over the last 100 years, so whether it’s the Haçienda cocktail or the Mission to Manchester cocktail, there's a drink for every taste.

Private hire is available for specific spaces in Cloud 23 or for the whole venue.

the ivy rooftop terrace manchester
the ivy rooftop terrace manchester

2. A glamorous rooftop terrace in Manchester: The Ivy, Garden Rooftop


The Ivy offers a glamorous rooftop terrace to enjoy the company of your friends and family in the heart of Manchester.

Just around the corner from Salford Central station is the Roof Garden. With panoramic views, decadent interiors, plants and chic decor, you can enjoy the atmosphere while you sip on delicious cocktails and tuck into food made by the resident chefs.

If you're looking for a private rooftop terrace to dine in, or even to host a drinks reception, The Ivy offers the Skylight Terrace. For up to 50 people, you can host any event, whether it be a corporate meeting or business drinks.

Ducie Street Warehouse Manchester summer party venue 1
Ducie Street Warehouse Manchester summer party venue 2

3. A Manchester roof terrace for those sunny days: Ducie Street Warehouse


Only a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly lies Ducie Street Warehouse. This social hub is home to everyone from daytime coffee drinkers to late-night cocktail enthusiasts.

Its Outdoor Terrace is a beautiful open space that is flexible for many occasions. Access to the restaurant and bar allows guests to enjoy their menu which includes Disco Brunch, Bar Bites and many classic cocktails.

Hire privately for 50 dining or 100 standing to enjoy the city views surrounded by greenery and stylish decor. With catering available, guests can relax whilst sunning themselves surrounded by views of the city.

20 stories rooftop terrace manchester
20 stories rooftop terrace manchester

4. A rooftop terrace with a view: 20 Stories


20 Stories is an exciting rooftop terrace overlooking the busy streets of Manchester.

With a contemporary and cosy aesthetic, complete with plants and a fireplace, you can enjoy great food and drink while looking at Manchester's skyline.

The terrace is available for private hire for 6 or more guests as is the whole venue (which fits up to 540 guests). So, whether it's a corporate event or a personal event, head on over to Salford Central station, as 20 Stories is just a short walk from there.

king street townhouse rooftop terrace manchester
king street townhouse rooftop terrace manchester

5. A stylish rooftop terrace: King Street Townhouse, South Terrace


After a 5-minute walk from Salford Central station, you'll find the 6th-floor South Terrace at King Street Townhouse.

This venue has great views of Manchester's skyline (and buildings, if you're an architecture buff). It's available for large and small events alike, as well as corporate and private events for up to 150 people. Choose from seasonal British dishes and refreshing drinks while you look over at the rest of the city.

You can find them on Booth Street.

yes rooftop terrace manchester
yes rooftop terrace manchester

6. A gorgeous rooftop terrace in Manchester: YES, Roof Terrace


Head over to Charles Street for a rooftop terrace with a great vibe. With plenty of outdoor seating and a buzzing atmosphere, the rooftop terrace at YES is a good choice for after-work or weekend drinks.

While private hire isn't available for this space, that shouldn’t matter, as YES offers more spaces to explore, like their underground nightclub and ground-floor dining area.

club brass rooftop terrace manchester
club brass rooftop terrace manchester

7. A luxurious rooftop terrace in Manchester: Hotel Gotham, Club Brass


For members and guests of Hotel Gotham in Manchester, head on up to the 7th floor to their terrace lounge.

This modern yet luxurious venue is just a short walk from Manchester Oxford Road station, where thoughtfully curated cocktails await, as well as dishes made to the highest standards.

This venue also offers private hire for both large and small events.

Enjoy sky-high views from the best rooftop terraces in Manchester

Who doesn't love a rooftop terrace? Views of Manchester's cityscape, a drink in hand, the setting sun... and we have the very best of Manchester's rooftop terrace offerings, ready for you to browse and book. Looking for a shaded and heated rooftop terrace or a view looking out over the clouds? If this sounds like the perfect backdrop to your next event, you're in the right place. We've scoured the skyline for the best rooftop terrace venues near you. Search, match, and book easily with HeadBox.

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How to hire a rooftop terrace in Manchester

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect rooftop terrace. Getting the venue-finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Manchester.

Frequently asked questions

For rooftop terraces in Manchester, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

The Ivy, Garden Rooftop – The Ivy offers up a luxury tropical paradise in the centre of Manchester.

20 Stories – You'll find this rooftop terrace away from the busy Manchester streets, complete with great views and even better drinks.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a rooftop terrace. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Manchester rooftop terrace. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best rooftop terraces in Manchester and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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