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City Airport & Heliport: Watch Planes and Play for Free!

by Claire (follow)
If you're stuck for activity ideas and looking for a fun, budget friendly day out, then Barton's City Airport could be the answer.

There are several options for watching planes taking off and landing in Manchester. One is The Airport Pub at Manchester Airport which has a well equipped play area, quirky stylish restaurant (you can sit in a booth that's a big model plane engine sipping craft ales and cocktails), and an outside bar where you can watch the big airliners landing and taking off. It can get very busy though and you have to pay for parking.


There is also the Runway Visitor Park at the other end of the runway at Manchester Airport. This classes itself as an education centre, offering tours of hangars, cockpits and Concorde. It has a large space to walk around, an onsite cafe, and a picnic area. The Runway Visitor Park also sometimes plays host to specialised events, so make sure to keep up to date via their website.



View of control tower
City Airport, Barton

But a great alternative option is the smaller City Airport at Barton, near Eccles. Here you can get up close and watch lots of helicopters and light aircrafts coming and going. You can even go to the top of the control tower - or as any Paw Patrol fans will think of it, the 'Lookout!'



View of control tower
City Airport's Play Area, Barton

It also has a lovely play area, which has recently been updated. Gone are the hay bales that people might remember from before, replaced by sturdy wooden equipment including swings, a slide, fireman's pole, rocking plane and.... a miniature lookout tower to climb up inside!



View of control tower
City Airport's Play Area, Barton

My three year old son and his friends spent a happy few hours here recently, while we adults actually managed to drink a cuppa sitting on one of the picnic benches - so everyone was happy!



View of control tower
A great, family-friendly day out.

The cherry on the cake? There's a cafe/ bar right next to it! Runway 26, serves up reasonably priced drinks, snacks, and light meals (including dishes for 'Junior Pilots').

Useful Info:
Where? City Airport & Heliport, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester M30 7SA
When? Summer opening hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am -7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am -7:00pm
How much? Entry is free of charge as well as having free on-site parking.

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Make sure to check out the City Airport website for further information.



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