|Manchester Airport, Greater Manchester|
|WA15 8XQ||North West|
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The purpose-built Visitor Park has a Visitor Centre and a growing collection of aircraft exhibits. Particularly useful here are the three raised viewing platforms, which offer good views of the active runways and taxying aircraft. Note that Concorde is now displayed in a dedicated glass-fronted hangar, and guided tours can be booked for an additional fee.
This attraction was formerly known as the Manchester Airport Aviation Viewing Park. The original Aviation Viewing Park that opened in May 1992 was moved to the present location in May 1997 to allow space for the second runway.
From Junction 6 on the M56, take the A538 towards Wilmslow. After about half a mile appears ‘The Romper’ public house on the left. Turn left here down Sunbank Lane, then right onto Wilmslow Old Road at the bottom, and follow the road to the gate entrance.
Open daily 08.00 am to dusk; Closed 25 December (Christmas Day).
See official website for details. Tours of Concorde are charged in addition to the entry fee to the Visitor Park. If you are interested in a tour please phone 08715 22 11 00 (calls are charged) as tour places are limited.
Parking, Cafe, Toilets, Souvenir shop, Picnic area, Access for disabled visitors.
|Vampire T.11 XD624 (photo, Phillip Evans)||Avro RJX-100 G-IRJX (photo, Phillip Evans)|
List of Aircraft Exhibits
|Displayed I.D.||Aircraft Type||Real Identity||Condition||Status|
|G-BOAC||Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde 102||G-BOAC||Complete||Displayed|
|G-AWZK||Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B-101||G-AWZK||Complete||Displayed|
|XV231||Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR.2||XV231||Complete||Displayed|
|G-DMCA||McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30||G-DMCA||Nose||Displayed|
Notes: Vampire T.11 XD624 is now with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ. Tel: 0161 489 3932. website: Official Viewing Park Website.
|Concorde G-BOAC (photo, Phillip Evans)||Concorde front view (photo, Phillip Evans)|
|DC-10-30 nose (photo, Phillip Evans)||Display board (photo, Phillip Evans)|