Runway Visitor Park Manchester Airport

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Manchester Airport, Greater Manchester
SatNav: Region:
WA15 8XQ North West
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Viewing Area Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 5 Open

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What’s Here

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.

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Opening Hours:

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-IRJX Avro RJX-100 G-IRJX 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.

More Information

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)

102 thoughts on “Runway Visitor Park Manchester Airport

  1. I can understand that the money is going to be made from the parking fees, I don’t mind that as I’m there for a few hours with the kids. However, the kids get a little bored after a few planes and want to do something else. The kid’s playground is woeful, seems to be no more than a few logs sticking out the muddy ground. If the playground was better we would be inclined to go more often and for longer. We’ve been twice with the kids and so the novelty of watching planes land and take off has worn off for a good while and I’m not prepared to drive there for the kids to get bored after 30 mins.

  2. i use to go to the AVP from 2014 to 2016 use to love doing this however in the end i was getting fed up of some serious plane spotters who would get in the way of you taking photos etc standing on the fence and even picnic tables which was annonying i had some good days down there apart from that would i go again i do not think so

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