Manchester Runway Visitor Park

Manchester airport sign

There’s nothing more exciting than an airport filled with colourful holiday shops, bustling restaurants and busy runways. But guess what? You don’t need to book a holiday in order to experience all of the excitement! If you are looking for a cheap family day out with heaps of free activities, then the Manchester Runway Visitor Park is a must-visit.

Find out everything you need to know about the Manchester Runway Visitor Park down below…

Why Should I Visit the Manchester Runway Visitor Park?

flight times board
Airport days out are more common than you think and it’s a cheap and cheerful day out with the kids. Airports also have everything you’d need on a day out like restaurants, shops, indoor space, outdoor space, toilets, and fun activities.

It’s also perfect for kids that love aircraft as they will get the chance to see real-life take-offs, and plane landings. Aviation enthusiasts will also get to browse through old and iconic aircraft models that have retired from the skies.

And finally, you can enjoy a broad range of exciting free activities alongside paid experiences like the aeroplane simulator experience…

Shape Location Get directions

Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15 8XQ

Opening Times

The park is open every day from 8am - 4pm. You can hear the live commentary on the weekends only.


The Park is FREE for visitors who get there by foot, bicycle or on public transport. People who travel by car will have to pay the car parking fees.

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Some Cool Facts About Manchester Airport…

glowing terminal at Manchester airport
  • Manchester is the UK’s third largest airport after London Heathrow and Gatwick with 29.4m annual passengers!
  • Manchester Airport currently serves over 110 destinations in 42 countries – Jheeze Louise!
  • The airport is served by more than a whopping 30 airlines!
  • The World Freight Terminal on-site handles over 50,000 tonnes of cargo each year.
  • AeroZone provides a free educational space for schools and youth groups, giving children the chance to learn about how the airport works and the careers available to them.
  • More than 1.5 million bottles of water and 40,000 bottles of champagne, 1.8 million books and over a million packs of cigarettes are bought by passengers every year in the Airport’s shops and restaurants…

Free Activities at Manchester Runway Visitor Park

crowd watch plane take off at Manchester Runway Visitor Park

Watch Take-off

Did you know you can watch planes take off at Manchester airport for free? If you’ve got some transport-loving kids with a passion for planes then they will love plane-spotting from the raised viewing platform at Manchester Airport.

See Retired Aeroplanes

You’ll even get to see retired aeroplanes too like the spectacular supersonic airliner, Concorde G-BOAC; a former RAF military spy plane, Nimrod, a DC-10, Avro RJX and a retro Trident airliner. And what’s more? You can listen to live airport commentary from the airport’s operations.

Chill out on picnic benches

And with picnic benches, a coffee house and an Aviation Shop, you’ll be well-catered for at this hidden gem attraction! This attraction is completely free but you will have to pay a £5 parking fee if you are driving to the airport.

kids dressed as pilots on an aeroplane

Junior Flyers Flight Academy

Kids will get the chance to sit in luxury seats where royalty and celebrities have sat in the Junior Flyers, Flight Academy activity! In this fun family activity, kids can also dress up and take part in role-play! Dress up in airport clobber and become a pilot or an air traffic controller, whilst learning about the different job roles that help ensure that Manchester Airport runs smoothly.
Opening Times

Tour time 1 hour 30 mins


£14 a ticket which included is one child and one adult only.

Your parking for the full day will only be £5.00.

Please take your car park token to Reception when you check in for your tour.

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dad and son inside flight simulator at Manchester Runway Visitor Park

Fly 360 Simulator

Yeah, being the passenger is great and all but have you ever wondered how it would feel getting behind the wheel of an aircraft?! Well now is your chance. The Fly360 puts you in control of a P-38 Lightning, with full 360-degree motion making you feel as if you are the captain of a mighty metal bird…

Price is £14.00 per flight

A maximum of 2 people can use the simulator at any one time.

Please note when booking this is for a session not a seat.

Minimum height restriction of 1.2 metres and must be aged 9 and over.

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memorabilia fair next to aircraft at the Manchester Runway Visitor Park

Concorde Classic Tour

Explore the history and beauty of Concorde on the Classic Tour by Manchester Runway Visitor Park for just £18! This tour will start with an introductory video, showing Concorde during its years of commercial service as a public transport vessel.

Once the video is over, you will then get to board the famous G-BOAC aircraft, sitting in the luxury leather seats as our Concorde tour guide tells the story of the aircraft’s years of history.

The tour includes a brief visit to the flight deck – so make sure to take a camera, it’s selfie time!!!

If you are looking for an upgraded tour you should check out the Concorde Platinum Tour. You’ll get to walk under the wings of the flagship G-BOAC Concorde, whilst you enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne or Orange Juice. This costs £40.

Opening Times

Tour Length 1 hour


Concorde Classic Tour £18 per person

Car Parking is included in this tour.

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Manchester airport sign

Concorde Supersonic Short Tour

If you’ve got some easily-agitated kids with a short attention span then the Concorde Supersonic Short Tour may be a better fit for them – it’s cheaper too!

For just £6, kiddies can explore the history of Concorde in a bite-size tour and get up close to the aircraft. This 20-minute tour offers the chance to go onboard the famous flagship, G-BOAC Concorde.

Relax in the luxurious leather seats whilst listening to one of our Concorde guides and enjoy the Concorde experience.

Opening Times

20-minute tour

This tour does NOT Include time on the Flight Deck.


Priced at £6pp. Under 2's go free.

Normal car parking charges apply.

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Nimrod plane

Nimrod Classic Tour

This one really is for aeroplane fanatics! This tour offers a fascinating insight into the operation of this special RAF aircraft, including a unique visual demonstration of some of the equipment used during Nimrod’s peacetime search and rescue operations in the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Nimrod Aircraft is situated outside for all to see! This tour is also available in a short version which is a lot cheaper too. For £6 you will get an introduction to some of the equipment used during Nimrod’s operations.


Nimrod short tour: £6

Nimrod Classic Tour: £18

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inside the cockpit of a plane

Technical Tours

Concorde Technical Tour

Enjoy extended time on the flight deck and marvel in awe at the fantastic Brtish Engineering involved in the Concorde’s creation. This tour is perfect for kids and parents with problem-solving minds who can appreciate design and engineering. You’ll also get to explore underneath the aircraft using groundbreaking technology! This experience costs £28 per person.

The Nimrod & Concorde Technical Tour is a combined tour which allows you to experience both of the unique aircrafts in one sitting! This experience costs £38 per person. 


Concorde Technical Tour £28 per person.

Nimrod & Concorde Technical Tour £38 per person

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Manchester Airport Shops & Restaurants

So now you’ve spent time outside the airport, what about the inside?  Enjoy a wide range of restaurants, bars & shops spread across three terminals at Manchester Airport.

kids eating at restaurant

Best Restaurants

  • Cafe Balzar
  • Barrburito
  • Burger King
  • Giraffe
  • Archie’s
  • Pizza Luxe
  • Pork & Pickle
  • Wagamama
  • WrapChic
  • Upper Crust
  • San Carlo
  • Trattoria Milano
  • Hangar
  • KFC
  • The Lion And The Antelope
  • The Grain Loft

Best Bars & Pubs

  • Amber Alehouse
  • Bar MCR
  • Apiary
  • Bridgewater
  • The Nook
pret sandwich and smoothies on a table inside manchester airport

Best Coffee Shops

  • Flat White
  • Pret
  • Cafe Nero
  • Costa
  • Pot Kettle Black
  • VIT
family shopping

Airport Shops

For a full list of shops available at each of Manchester Airport’s terminals, check out the airport guides below:


How far is Manchester Runway Visitor Park from Manchester's city centre?

The airport is a 42-minute drive from the city centre.

Do you have to pay for Runway Visitor Park?

The Park is FREE for visitors who get there by foot, bicycle or on public transport. People who travel by car will have to pay the car parking fees. 

Parking charges:

The Runway Visitor Park only accepts payment by debit/credit card (except American Express) we also accept apple and android pay

No cash payment accepted

Car and Motorbike parking charges are as follows

£5 up to 2 hour

£10 from 2 hours up to 4 hours

£12 for all stays over 4 hours

Coach Parking is charged at a flat rate of £12

Is there a cafe onsite?

Yes! You won’t need to trek to the terminals to get a hot drink or meal as there is an onsite cafe that serves up lots of tasty treats.

You can dine at the RVP Cafe every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for our weekend menu, available 9am-3pm.

When is the Manchester Runway Visitor Park open?

The park is open every day from 8am – 4pm. You can hear the live commentary on the weekends only.

Is this experience wheelchair accessible?

The main Viewing Mound, Concorde Hangar, Conference Centre and Ringways Restaurant are all accessible by wheelchair. Visitors with visual or hearing impairments wishing to book a public guided tour are encouraged to contact the park in advance so they can meet your requirements.

Have you found something cool to do at the Manchester Runway Visitor Experience? From exploring the most iconic aircraft in history to chilling out at the picnic tables by the take-off zone and heading into Manchester’s airport for a meal, there’s lots to do!

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