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Key Facts

Location:
Manchester Airport, Greater Manchester
SatNav: Region:
WA15 8XQ North West
Country:
United Kingdom
Admission:
Public
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.

Directions

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.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 08.00 am to dusk; Closed 25 December (Christmas Day).

Admission:

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.

Amenities:

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)

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92 Comments

  • By irene coutts, 3 May 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    i bring my disabled daughter to the veiwing area every two weeks we usually spend about 3-4 hours watching the planes eating in the restaraunt. The new charges which have been

  • By Peter Ogden, 7 May 2010 @ 10:25 am

    I think the prices increase is absolutly disgusting. It appears to me that this is the thin edge of the wedge to discourage the aviation spotters from visiting the park.What about the spotters who have got a ticket for entry, will this ticket be honoured or invalid because I for one will be demanding my money back if this is so.
    A disgusted spotter.

  • By SUSAN, 18 May 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    We were utterly disgusted at the new prices,It used to be £7.00,with no time limit,NOW its £3.00 per hour.We used to come once or twice a month as my liitle girl loved it.Now if we come we have to pay by the hour disgusting.If and when we visit again we will bring our own refreshments as the money we used to spend in the cafe now goes just to the admission.If the people in charge walk around they will here people moaning about it.Once again a simple and inexpensive day has turned into one that a few people really cannot afford.Greed again.Maybe when the cafe no longer makes a profit or the shop.notice will be taken.

  • By cliff /christina, 29 May 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    i was shocked at the high price off parking chargers at aero park on my visit 2 weeks ago from derby we used to enjoy the day out there we used to tell people how good it was for a resonable day out with the high price of car fuel and admission charge sadly we wont visit much now

  • By GAVIN C BERRY, 30 May 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    AFTER OVER 20 TRIPS TO MANCHESTER THE NEW PRICES WILL STOP US COMING TO MANCHESTER EVER AGAIN DOES THE GLAZIERS OWN MANCHESTER AIRPORT AS WELL SHAME ON U PUTTING GREED BEFORE THE PUBLIC

  • By John Preston, 10 June 2010 @ 3:33 pm

    I spent an enjoyable 3hrs 50mins watching and photographing the aircraft, after having parked my car on a muddy piece of ground. The amenities are adequate but a little pricey! However I nearly had a heart attack when I was asked to pay £12(twelve) for Parking. I shall NOT return because of this sheer extortion

  • By carla, 16 June 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    £3.00 an hour is discusting it should be one set price they wonder why there are getting less visitors.

  • By carla, 16 June 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    £3.00 an hour tut tut tut it should be one set price they wonder why there are getting less visitors.

  • By morgan bailey, 26 June 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    its a brill day out in the day time a bit anoying but still so good

  • By james buckley, 29 June 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    to avoid this stupid price increase and if you dont mind taking a packed lunch or picnic i can i suggest somewhere you and your family could go look up wood lane in mobberley you can park near the 2nd runway and walk around a purpose built path which takes you right down the second runway with brilliant views of the planes and under the runway near the river bollin and up towards the bottom of runway one where planes land and take off right over your head then its up to you which way you go back where you came from or walk back through the fields down the otherside of runway 2 (please note you dont see the runway and it can be muddy in the fields when there has been wet weather) when you do walk through the fields you meet a road after a while which takes you to the runway gates at the end look towards the hedge where there you meet the path which takes you back towards where your car is parked and under the flight path to runway 2 i hope this helps you to still enjoy watching aircraft with the added benefit of being in the countryside enjoy jim

  • By Andy, 29 June 2010 @ 7:22 pm

    Thw hike in admission will discourage visitor. I used to stay for 1/2 a day but you could park at the airport for less. They were obviously making it pay. The new hangar & restaurant can’t have been cheap!!

  • By mike, 2 July 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    the new charges are nothing short of stealing.If we do go again( and it is a big if) we shall make a point of spending nothing other than the entrance fee and leaving in under 3 hours.It is not so much the cost as the blantant money grabbing.mike

  • By DAVID, 9 July 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    WE LOVED OUR DAYS AT THE VIEWING AREA IT WAS A GOOD TO SPEND 3-4 HOURS WATCHING THE BIG PLANES GO .WE COME FROM PRESTON A 80 MILE ROUND TRIP THE NEW CHARGES MEAN WE WILL NOT COME AGAIN .GREEDY COUNCILS STRIKE AGAIN .

  • By Mike P, 12 July 2010 @ 10:58 pm

    Have just spent an hour telling my workmates about a “great day out” at the airport viewing park take the kids and a picknick and spend the day. Then having been to the website to print details for them I seen the hike in prices, they should be ashamed, I used to love going each fortnight in the summer but at them prices they can forget it…They have just lost a load of new customers!

  • By gary allen, 18 July 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    greed hope you dont get many visitors as you have taken the piss out of people with the new charge am hopeing you will soon close down as i hope you only get 1 person day thats all you deserve wot isit all for the posh people who can wast the money on you very sad people . who ever thort of the new price scheme i think you are bit simple as i bet you did not think off loosing so many people

  • By Ken Whitfield, 23 July 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Last time I came here back in Feb 2010 I paid £5 for a full day parking. I decided to pay a visit last Monday and was shocked to see parking prices are by the hour. The guy in the hut on the barrier was obviously embarrassed too, asking me for the money. Perhaps £5 was a bit too cheap but £12 is way over the top. The owners of the park need to review this, soon, as I am missing my Emirates triple 7.
    Ken

  • By Stuart Kirk, 29 July 2010 @ 9:31 pm

    I remenber going when it was £5.00 for a car with no time limit. Had just been talking to my son about going for the day to watch the planes until I saw the messages on here and checked the prices. Can’t believe it, definitely won’t be going again until the prices have been reduced dirty robbing gets !!!!!! Surely it is illegal to charge those prices ?

  • By steve atkinson, 1 August 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    Well, here goes rip off britain again. I have had so many enjoyable days at the park, and was going to come down his afternoon, you can now kiss my a@s! Money money money, im sick of it. I was also going to purchase a new scanner from the shop as my last one as stolen.
    Congratulations! very well done

  • By stephen hulme, 1 August 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    Just read all the info about price was going to take my grand children i will not go now shame,and shame on you

  • By Simon, 5 August 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    What has been the official line on this one? Was going to visit tomorrow, not now!

  • By Sarah Marquis, 7 August 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    We’ve been a few times with our daughter i honestly don’t see why people are moaning if they have children its a cheap day out!! take a packed lunch so you don’t have to visit the cafe, buy kiddies binoculars from poundland!
    To pay a paltry 12 quid on parking is nominal compared to going Blackpool/Southport or even the local park!! ice creams or a bag of chips for everyone certainly costs near the 12quid mark we enjoy going watching the planes having a picnic etc

  • By Paul Kettle, 7 August 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    Another semi regular visitor who will not be going again due to the new pricing structure.

  • By David Roughley, 12 August 2010 @ 12:29 am

    We recently went to the visitor centre with our children as i had gone as a child with my father, the carpark is £3 an hour or £12 for over 3hrs there is no charge for admission. The centre is well laid out with plenty of picnic benches if you take your own food, although we did visit the takeaway cafe and the costs were very reasonable for trays of chips, tea and coffee etc. There were 3 planes the children could go into and have a look (free) and if you wanted a 20min tour of the concorde it was £5 per person which was well worth it. Overall we spent around 5hours there with the children and they absolutely loved it, it was clean, well laid out and thoughful to disabled people we didn’t personally think it was an expensive day out for an average family as the only charge was carparking and over the school holidays we have certainly spent well more than that on other days out.

  • By Mandy, 30 August 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    I didnt at all think that the price disgusting, because at the end of the day its a day out for you and your family, to be honest it was well worth it.

  • By Juliet Conboy, 1 September 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    I must be alone in thinking its not that bad really. I don’t think £3 an hour (up to £12) is that bad for a day out with the kids. I can see that it allows more of a turnaround so that more people can visit each day and probably works better for the restaurant business.
    We take a picnic and have a good time.

  • By kim, 2 September 2010 @ 9:07 am

    Was going to go tomorrow but after reading all this i dont think il bother! lost more custom!

  • By paul milius, 6 September 2010 @ 10:49 am

    how much is the admission price for a motorcycle at the viewing park.
    regards
    paul milius

  • By karen ryan, 8 September 2010 @ 11:27 am

    we were regulars at the aviation centre l used to relax and watch the planes taking off my husband went and played his bag pipes in the field at the back we used to come once a week and stay all day but the charge increase was too much so we watch the small birds by the canal its free a the moment.so sad it excludes a lot of people on low incomes social exclusion

  • By graham drew, 12 September 2010 @ 6:47 am

    Well strugling what to do today with the kids!!! and then i remembered the viewing park at manchester airport,clicked on this page!! and guess what I to will not pay their stupid prices neither!!!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!

  • By Tom, 14 September 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    With the arrival of the new A380 super jumbo into Manchester most aviation enthusiasts would welcome the chance to watch this plane land then take off again, which for a plane this size the turn around time is i think 1.5 hours. The people who set the car parking prices know this hence the increase. This is disgraceful profiteering that has now spoilt what used to be a very enjoyable day out for families and indeed the regular plane spotter. One further point i would like to mention, always check the time on your car parking ticket when you enter the site, as mine said it was 13:08 when the correct time was in fact 13:04. which meant had i gone by the time on my watch and car clock then i would have been 4 minutes over the hour, which would have meant another £3:00 to pay. Anyway i will not have to worry anymore because at those disgraceful prices i for one will not be returning.

  • By mark, 15 September 2010 @ 8:52 am

    We have visited the park in cheaper times and found it to be a brilliant place, especially for children. Our only gripe would be that it is sometimes difficult to access the viewing mounds with small children, because of all the BIG kids with their expensive cameras and scanners giving us disapproving looks for disturbing them. Perhaps they could be given a pen of their own right next to the runway, where they can all happily go deaf together-for a cut price, away from regular people. Three hours for normal people is quite enough and £3 an hour for as many people you can cram into a car, is cheap by comparison to, say the sealife centre, which is £15 per person for an hour or 2. We are are a low income and would still pay £12 for the family, as it is a very memorable and unique trip for children.

  • By Mike, 18 September 2010 @ 8:35 am

    as I will arrive by plane to Manchester Airport, I would like to know how I can get to the visitor park?
    is it possible to walk there or do I have to take a bus or taxi?

    if anyone can give me some informations please send it to my e-mail adress: airbus49@hotmail.com

    many thanks
    mike

  • By Dave, 30 September 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    Ops, it would seem that greed could cost here. We visit the park two or three times a year and I was looking to find the airbus 380 times when I found out about the price rises. So we won’t be coming now or recommending the aviation station to my friends anymore. From the mass of negative comments it looks like the price rise could cost the aviation station more in the long run as lost customers are always difficult to win back and a reputation for profiteering never goes away

  • By John Caulfield, 6 October 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    Was going to take visitors from South Africa to view the aircraft but after reading the comments about the parking prices I have changed my mind.Can get a one way overseas flight for less than their parking charges.

  • By Anne, 12 October 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    Went today with my sons school and wow what a good day out our tour guide was brilliant, now reguarding these comments about prices 12 for over three hours of fun for a family of five is an ok price yes its alot to pay if your in a small group but why not double up if able and go halfs on price, I look forward to bringing all my boys and husband for a visit with a packed lunch.

  • By Martin, 19 October 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    Me and my partner visited here a couple of years ago and was planning another visit. Thank you to everyone who has posted as I was unaware that you pay per hour. We was also going to make a day of it as we were coming along way. Yet again, the directors manger to spoil it for everyone!

  • By rod, 19 October 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    Some people do not go in big groups, in fact many people go on there own then £12 is alot.

  • By phil, 21 November 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    I use to love manchester airport viewing area. You could go and park up fou 3hours or so and have a nice afternoon watching the planes take off. When i visited the other month i was SHOCKED and DISGUSTED at the prices that they are now charging. It would be cheaper for me to take an actual plane flight.. They are now hitting the genuine plane enthusiasts in the pocket and it’s wrong. For the sake of the public who love going to the aviation park PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE lower your prices because one day you will regret ever rising them……………Regards – a very very disgusted viewing park user

  • By John Preston, 8 December 2010 @ 11:17 am

    I posted a comment on this site, on 10th Jun 10, about the exhorbitant car parking prices. What is the point of doing so if the authorities don’t read these comments and/or bother to consider the publics feelings?

  • By Nicholas Lawley, 8 December 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    Anyone thought of using public transport? There is a shuttle bus that runs between the Airport interchange and the viewing park, 7 days a week. Come by bus and admission to the park is free.

    And £12 for all day isn’t that bad really, especially as parking in many city centres is the same. It works out at £3 for a typical 2 adult 2 child family. Plus you don’t need to spend anything else, unless you choose too.

    Crikey, if a the same 2 adult 2 child family went to, say, the Beatles Story in Liverpool, it would cost £32. And for what, a couple of hours? Add about £10 for a full day’s parking, that comes to £42 – £30 more than a day at the Airport.

  • By David Ralphs, 14 December 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Do as I have done and hope to do again tomorrow, go by bus.
    PS Thanks for the over 60s bus pass.

  • By ray smith, 10 January 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    I am pleased I have read the comments on the aviation viewing park cark charges,as this was a day out for my grandsons I will now not be traveling a 300 mile round trip from cumbria due to the high costs.

  • By l hannam, 3 February 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    I visited the viewing park on 3 feb 2011 on leaving i was asked to pay £9 pounds with a blue badge.
    I have in the past paid £6 pounds and told i could stay all day if i wanted.Can you please tell me what is the correct price.I think people are being ripped of.
    from one last visitor.
    BYE BYE

  • By JTW, 5 February 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    I was going to take my family. After hearing about the fee’s I’m not going to go out of principle. Until us Britons stop allowing corporations and the govorment to rip us all off; by making a stance and not using services, then it’s going to continue. I hope the airport pays attention to these comments.

  • By terence, 9 February 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    i think u should all stop going on about the price for parking if you pay for 1 of your kids to have a tour of concord you getting the parking cheaper and your kids have enjoyed there self and to save a bit more money take a pack lunch

  • By D Sheldon, 12 February 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    I no longer take my car. L catch the bus from the airport interchange (Service 200 hourly) straight to the viewing park). The new charges, the residual disgusting portacabin toilets and the relocated yet familiar greasy spoon takeaway, give an insight into the quality of the management.

  • By kw8, 26 February 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    Can’t wait to visit people have told me
    Its a fantastic day out. Just trying to find
    Out how much it is to do the concord tour

  • By Ray, 26 February 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    These outrageous charges are all about corporate greed. Since they acquired Concorde and built a hangar for it the cost has to be recouped. So take the easy option and fleece the aircraft enthusiast!

    I used to visit the AVP each summer and I paid around £3 for car parking and could stay as long as I wanted. But to charge £12 irrespective of how many people are in the car is outrageous.

    As it’s free to pedestrians you could park near Heald Green station and get the train to the Airport. A bus service runs regularly to the Park. That’s the cheapest way to get admission.

    Alternatively, have your lunch at the Romper, leave your car there and walk down to the park.

    The idiots who have imposed these new charges must be shown that greed won’t pay!! Shame on them.

  • By isobel, 28 February 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    an easy way to see planes without having to do the leg work of driving around to find somewhere. I needed some footage for a project i am working on and an hour was more than enough to do so.

    Wouldnt be a place i would go if i was looking for a day out though. Not sure i can view that many planes and still enjoy it!

  • By Paul Ingham, 28 February 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Hi In 1951 i flew out of ring way on a twin winged rapid aircraft I was also fortunate enough to be one of the first passenegers to fly in to ring on a fully automatic landing also I have suported manchetser air aiport for many years as a frequent flyer. On my retirement i used to enjoy a day out at the viewing park for approximatley £5 per visit. As a pensioner i am unable to meet your excissive fees for the park, finally you have enoyed my support for 60 years and perhpas therefore you could consider a concession for people of my age I would appreciate a reply, keep flying on flying bye

  • By Warren Home, 21 March 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    I’m glad that I have read all of these comments, as I was just accessing info on opening hours etc in lieu of visiting with my wife and father-in-law who is visiting from Kent this week.
    I have now decided not to visit as I will never support extortionism and greed out of principle and I strongly suggest that anyone else who feels the same to do likewise. As long as people will pay it, they will continue to charge it and it is woeful and/or arrogant management that doesn’t reverse the ridiculous decision and allows greed to generate so much disgust from people who have been stalwart supporters of the aviation park for so long.
    I have to say, that I have never seen such a passionate outcry, where virtually all of the comments which have been left, are united in their disagreement of a ridiculous decision, which clearly has greed at its roots above all other reasons.
    Greed is fast becoming a way of life in this country, what a shame that whoever manages the aviation park cannot think for themselves and feel the urge to follow rather than lead the way.

  • By Jay86, 8 April 2011 @ 9:28 am

    I was just looking for information on opening times etc to bring my family but after finding about the new rediculous parking charges that have been introduced I will not be visiting today ir any other day. The facilities do not match the prices being charged and it is just another way to prevent lower income families being able to visit. I will happily spend £12 or more for a family day out but it will not be to park on a bit of waste grounnd with poor facilities. Corporate greed strikes again.

  • By desmond donovan, 15 April 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    people are right,in what they are saying,about the charge,£3 for an hour,its a joke.

  • By Alan WIlson, 17 April 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    I came here a lot up to about a year ago and was contemplating another visit. Shocked to see the increase in parking prices which will certainly deter me coming as frequently as I did. But put into context, £ 12 for a day out and what’s on offer is pretty good by todays standards, and I can think of many other attractions that would swallow £ 12 in a fraction of the time. I think the old parking prices were an abosolute gift. The new prices are, in all fairness, still good value. But I understand it being a kick in the teeth to regulars.

  • By chuck, 23 April 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    i also will not be visiting again.

    its ok some of you saying £12 all day isnt too bad but I disagree, £12 for just parking on shingle is extortion.

    Another example of rip off britain.

  • By david, 24 April 2011 @ 6:35 am

    I have to say I’m not happy to read about having to pay more today when we take our little boy but let’s be honest when they spent all that money on the place it was only ever going to be us that paid for it!! So when I hear someone say they were prepared to pay for fuel to do a 300mile round trip but not 12quid to park it makes me laugh, my little boy is 2 and a half years old and loves aircraft so am I going to tell him daddy won’t pay so you can’t go??? No hope to see you there!

  • By Connor, 2 May 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Well i am going today i cant wait really i said i would go with ma mum and ma dad but no i am going my self im taking a picnic might by a new! model plane. p.s I am a plane collecter i have 29 planes in my room naigbours think i am a loon but they can flip right off i hope to see you there bye and enjoy the holidays.

  • By Mike Alton, 5 May 2011 @ 4:00 am

    No way i shall be coming again, for a good day out and its FREE. R.A.F Cosford Museum, Shifnal Shropshire easy to get there cafe is reasonable priced. Kids would love it loads to seen and do. Post code TF11 8UP for sat nav directions or simply Google it.

  • By Den Parker, 10 May 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    mmm, couldn’t agree more with greed. £3 an hour or £12 all day to park, when it used to be £5 to park all day is disgusting. But compare it with the alternatives:-
    A day at Alton Towers = £31.68 for adult..£24.48 for children, and you spend most of the day stood in a queue.
    A trip to the cinema = around £11 each, plus popcorn, drinks etc, to see an over hyped movie that turns out to be rubbish.
    For a full day out, £12 still takes some beating!

  • By andrea and bernard, 13 May 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Going back about 14 years..this aviation park was a piece of forgotten ground ..where avid spotters would meet through their love of planes..totally free of charge!! then the council found out and decided to ‘make’ a proper aviation park..where they now charge you an arm and a leg!! its all about money money money…nothing is free anymore even though the spotters made the park what it is today..

  • By cliff & christina, 7 June 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    re visit last friday 3/6/11 had a great day good to see the emirates A380 arrive as not seen it before
    it is still the best viewing place and for photography
    despite the £12 cost
    cliff&christina derby

  • By boeingmad, 27 June 2011 @ 11:42 am

    with regards to the price increase we normaly park i the romper the pub at the end of the road and then walk up to the park it takes about 5 to 10 mins walk but its wel worth it as u dont get charged to get in if u walk
    regards boeing mad

  • By diane mccarthy, 8 August 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    after reading about the prices ,me and my family wont be going , what a rip off

  • By paul cowlishaw, 14 August 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    what can you buy for £12 nowadays?not a lot we shall still be going tomorrow see ya there

  • By Rick, 17 August 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Ah well more kids on the streets now with nothing to do only more mischief. Governments can can complain about the youth of today and how they are always always up to no good. Shame that low income families will be stopped from what was a cheap family day out. Nothing is this country is for free whenever a plot of land becomes popular with an activity councils will see pound signs.

  • By patrick, 19 August 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    I agree with Paul with his comment above, £12 isnt that much for a good 4 hour session and the truth is, what else would you spend the £12 on? not alot really. I remember going when you just paid the one fee for entering which was good and i do agree that the hourly thing is a bit preasurizing and annoying but £12 isnt that much considering your right at the forefront of the airport with all eyes access on the aircraft. If your a keen plane spotter you will love the viewing park

  • By Phil Goodwin, 19 August 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    I took my 5 year old grandson to the viewing park on Wednesday (17th August 2011) for his first and only visit. The car park charges are an absolute rip off (£3 per hour to park on waste ground). When leaving, because of the tiered charges, payment is on exit and we queued for almost half an hour to get out adding an extra £3 to our fee. Won’t be going back but obviously this has been going on for over a year so don’t expect anything to be done about it. Thanks for ruining what used to be a great day out

  • By planemad, 21 August 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    if your a real plane enthusiast you would pay the £3 a hour but if u dont want to pay you can always go to the pub at the end of the runway its up to you dont blame people for not paying but dont also blame people for going

  • By anon, 25 August 2011 @ 9:17 am

    can you bring your dogs here?

  • By SteveB, 25 August 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    I got stung with the new prices after to telling my 4 year old we were going for the day as we’d always done. We stayed less than an hour due to this incredible price increase! I have never been back since. I used to go when it was just a couple of grass mounds and you could spend long summer days there, now through greedy corporate idiots they have ruined it all! They will probably ignore these comments as the corporate tours will line their coffers and I will now have to stand on the fence at the end of the runway!! What a shame as this viewing park used to be great the way it was!

  • By Katie, 28 August 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    A great day out the views of the aircraft are amazing,I had a lovely day out and thoroughly enjoyed it until I exited the car park that is,£3 per hour is just extortion and to add insult to injury the car park is just waste ground!.
    My advice would be to park outside and walk in that way the rip off car park charges can be avoided,that is what I intend to do on my next visit.

  • By Tupolev the great!!, 28 August 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    A truely amazing day out for any aircraft enthusiast,the parking charges however are an absolute rip off, the person or people responsible for charging just a little less than the national minimum wage for the privalage of parking on waste ground should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves as their corporate greed has denied many low income families of an amazing day out.

  • By kai, 11 September 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    please sort the car park charge out

  • By Little cake fairy, 24 September 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I was going to visit but on reading the reviews about parking, I wont be bothering. In case the owners hadn’t heard, there is a recession on – it begs the question, do they actually want people to visit? I will be finding my own plane spotting experience somewhere else.

  • By Andy, 26 September 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Used to go fairly regularly, but won’t be going now thanks to the exorbitant charges. Probably encourage people to go and park on other perimeter roads (or go to the pub instead).

  • By Janice, 19 October 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    My friend and I are regular visitors. We arrive at 9am and don’t leave till 4pm – that’s £6 each for 7 hours of pure, unadulterated pleasure! I don’t think that’s bad at all and we will continue to visit when we can.

  • By andy m, 27 October 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    Have taken the kids here about 3 times over the summer hols and once this half term,£12 is the max you will pay for parking even if you stay all day (£3 per hour upto 4 hours)and with a playpark for them and aircraft to walk round ,plus the shop who always manages to get some of my money, cafe is good and not expencive though we have taken our own food too, bit of a bargain if you make a day of it.
    If youre only going for a couple of hours it does seem a lot for parking (i go on my own now and again)but not a lot compared to other attractions.

  • By KEN OF CREWE, 3 December 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    For myself–disabled legs badly and hav e to drive in the charge is extortion. Two or more in a car makes the charge reasonab le. For one person its extortion. I think its illegal as it discriminates -the charge should be per person. O ne single driver should not have to pay more than another person.

  • By Duncan, 11 February 2012 @ 3:00 am

    Fantastic range of views here. I wonder if the council, or whoever really is in charge, has done their sums properly; and I wonder if they did any market research before increasing their prices?

    You can see that a lot of genuine plane spotters have been alienated and driven away from coming here and that’s a shame.

    I use MAN a lot but have never been spotting there yet.

    I am currently enjoying being in an hotel that is on the flight path of a big and busy international airport: A380 and all!!

    By the way, ladies and gents, please use your spell checkers before posting!

    Duncan

  • By jeffers, 4 March 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    I was browsing the airport website and thought I would enquire about the veiwing area. I visited many years ago which then I think was £3.00 ALLDAY.I live on the Wirral which is a 40 minute drive which means I would not come for just an hour at a cost that used to let you stay allday.If the extra increase is to cover the cost of the static aircraft then shouldnt there be a seperate charge for those who want to veiw those aircraft?.I do feel very sad about the increase because reading all the comments makes me feel that people just want to see real life aeroplanes close up for a reasonable price. Its bad enough paying over the odds for parking at the local shops. No matter what people say this type of increase wil stay in place unfortunately for us its just another day at the office and nothing will change.

  • By david, 7 March 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    anyone know the price for viewing at the park i have no car email me thanks

  • By walt, 15 April 2012 @ 9:12 am

    should have voted labour… theres a pub nearby could leave your car there

  • By Vicky and Family, 29 April 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    We have had a great day here today, yes the car park is overpriced, but you can’t do many things for £6.00 with a family. We have had 2 hours of fun in the pouring rain, took a picnic and even got a wave off a Ryan air pilot, will definitely be going again!! Well done to Manchester Airport for making it child friendly and fun.

  • By phil hunter, 20 May 2012 @ 9:12 am

    i love this place because of all the plans and were goin ibiza 15 days on a jet ow ya c ya later guys

  • By michael haydon, 23 May 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Im a disabled person who Lives in Blackpool, But Its actually cheaper to go by train straight to Man Airport from Blackpool North Station. and get an airport taxi to the viewing area For a fiver, as a pedestrian, using my fold up scooter. My disabled rail card gets me to Manchester Airport for £11. I just have to pay the taxi to and from park. Dinner at restaurant is tasty & reasonable. Only the cafe at other end has no facilities for the likes of me, to try and stand 10-20 mins waiting for a take away chip or bacon butty, The lack of seating in there makes it look very cheap and tacky, & I certainly dont patronise it, and would rather see it go, and replaced by something bigger and better access for disabled people, waiting to be served in a huge queue, especially at weekends.

    It is dear for vehicles for the whole day, I agree somewhat, but have you ever tried to watch planes this close at Gatwick & Heathrow? There viewing areas have been in lockdown many years because of terrorists IRA back in eighties. Be thankful This unique Viewing park is one of the last true Aircraft viewing parks left.

  • By sharonbird, 26 May 2012 @ 10:47 am

    i havnt been here for 6 years but will be going very soon £3 an hour to park is brill price an its a fantastic place everyone needs to go there more, spend what you have to spend i think its good value for what you see and do there !!

  • By sharonbird, 26 May 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    WELL I JUST GOT BACK FROM HERE WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE SO MUCH FOR KIDS TO SEE AND DO MY BOYS LOVED IT ONLY COST £3 AN HOUR NOTHING TO MOAN ABOUT IT WAS FANTASIC IT CAN BE AS EXPENSIVE AS YOU WANT IT TO BE, I SUGGEST EVERYONE TAKE YOUR KIDS THERE AND WATCH THERE FACES THEY’LL LOVE IT X

  • By Andrew Ledson, 25 November 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I have just read the comments whilst looking for an afternoon out. I have used the viewing platform many times. But not at that price! I would suggest people try Manchester Air Museum, which is free.

  • By Robert Kinder, 15 September 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    I used to go to the airport in the 70′s as a school boy aircraft spotting and loved the original viewing terrace.but closing it down because of all the rubbish about security risks. if the airport improved security at the original Turnstiles people would be willing to pay to use the terraces. I am looking to start a partion to get the terraces back open if anyone agrees with me I would be happy with your response

  • By RICHARD, 2 June 2014 @ 9:16 am

    Any one know the price for a motorcycle please ????? and would the owners like to make a comment on why the price is so high !

  • By Steve Innes, 21 June 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    Does anyone know if a motorbike is charged per hour, the same as a car ????? as usually any parking for motorbikes is free ! any pay and display is free because people knick your unsecured ticket.

  • By Allan Cooper, 4 August 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    Attempted to re-visit Concord after 6 years . Used my GPS to get there , the signage off the main road is pathetic, Aviation Navigation Standards would have it grounded, found the entrance to the Concord exhibit, only to be told the last tour had departed and it was closed for the day, At
    4.10PM ( Well before dusk as advertised ) on a beautiful summer afternoon!
    Together with the parking fees it was a Jumbo Disappointment

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