Barton Heritage Centre

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

City Airport, Greater Manchester
SatNav: Region:
M30 7SA North West
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 0 Open

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What’s Here

The former Barton Aerodrome is now called City Airport Manchester. Built in 1928, the aerodrome was Britain’s first municipal airport. It remains a largely unspoilt example of the airfields of the 1930s.

A small museum section at the front of the Visitor Centre features many interesting documents and displays which tell the history of the original Manchester Airport. The Bomber Command Association also has a display here. The Centre gives good views of movements on the active airfield. Visitors can also go onto the first landing of the Control Tower to view the aerodrome and watch various aircraft land and take off. (Please take note of the warning signs). Next to the Centre is the Police helicopter section. This location was formerly known as the Barton Aerodrome Visitor Centre.


City Airport Manchester is located close to the A57, south of the M62/M63 junction at Eccles, in western Greater Manchester.

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Opening Hours:

Open Saturdays and Sundays 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.


Admission is free.


A small souvenir and coffee shop are at the front of the Centre, overlooking the airfield. Car park (not free).

Barton Control Tower (photo, Phillip Evans) Inside the Visitor Centre (photo, Phillip Evans)
Items on display (photo, Phillip Evans) Wartime memorabilia (photo, Phillip Evans)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
None at present

More Information

Barton Aerodrome Heritage Society, City Airport Manchester, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester, M30 7SA. Website: Heritage Society.

The Cyril Barton display (photo, Phillip Evans) RAF memorabilia (photo, Phillip Evans)

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4 thoughts on “Barton Heritage Centre

  1. My father was undergoiny pilot training with No.5 FTS at RAF Sealand in 1930. Barton was used as a stopping off point during ‘Air Pilotage’ tests. The students, in their D.H. Moths, accompanied by their instructors, would fist fly to Shrewsbury and then set course to land at Barton. The second leg would,of course, be a flight from Barton back to Sealand.


    Nigel Rumble

  2. Good afternoon.It is a LONG time since I last visited Barton.Could you tell me the current car parking arrangemnts please.Thank you

  3. Hi, other than the museum, is there live aviation landing and taking off throughout the day as I am hoping to get some pictures in 🙂

  4. i am working on a project to reinstate the the control tower at greenham common as a museum/visitor centre. we have been asked about visitor numbers and i wanted to see if you had data on visitor numbers to the museum that i could use.
    i look forward to hearing back from you,


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