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The Runway Visitor Park

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Address: Manchester Airport, Ringway WA15 8XQ, England
Phone Number:
+44 161 489 3932
This attraction is at Manchester Intl Airport
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Amazing For plane spotters.

I Visited on a cold Wednesday in December and was supprised how busy. It was it's amazing how close you actually are to the Runway. The only downside is the cost of food it was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yesterday I went to the runway park on a cold and wet day which was fine but we choose to sit in the car for a bit with the heaters on. I had the heating on with the engine running and then turned the engine off. I then discovered that my battery had died and as a young driver it... More 

Thank Ben C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a rainy day in Manchester I had some time to kill at Manchester airport before booking in at a hotel nearby for the night. This review covers a short notice visit to the centre on a wet day using public transport rather than a planned drive to the centre that most would do. Firstly the visitor centre is not... More 

Thank ThePlodder
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Runway Visitor Park situated just off Wilmslow Road, on Sunbank Lane, near the terminal areas of Manchester airport...  This area offers great views of the various aircraft taking off or landing, alongside several attractions for adults and kids to enjoy... There are several tours available at the Visitor Park, including excellent Concorde ones... The Concorde Classic &... More 

Thank Phil07Manchester
Sandton, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really great place for plane spotting. Just avoid going to the Concorde restaurant! After waiting for 5 minutes to even be acknowledged, we were then shouted at for walking around the restaurant?? They are obviously doing very well seeing that they don't want your business!

Thank PatchChaps
Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I Visited on a cold Wednesday in December and was supprised how busy. It was it's amazing how close you actually are to the Runway. The only downside is the cost of food it was about £7:00 for a panini and coffee which I thought was overpriced. But apart from that Faultless.

Thank Yorkshiretraveler123
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked for the festive package which included a two course Christmas Meal and a tour of Concorde. The package cost £24.99 and included the £5 parking fee. We arrived early and had plenty of time to look around the aircraft on display at the centre, and also watch a few planes taking off and landing. The tables for the... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a dull cold December day, so didn't take in the static exhibits or make use of the viewing points. The cafe offers a small range of sandwiches, panini, hot & cold drinks, the tables and furniture are in need of a makeover and the only outstanding feature was that it was nice & warm. Previously visited the August... More 

Thank MLW28
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not the greatest day out but pretty good. The cafe is fine and adequate. Good views of the airport. Aircraft on display are looking a bit dowdy...except for concorde... Concorde is looked after in its own building. Will return in summer and try the tours.

Thank Tim B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did this tour with Christmas lunch on December 18th. We arrived and were checked in by a very polite and competant gentleman who explained in detail the proceedings. We queued for a short time to enter the hanger and we were given a table number...ours was 13 (should have seen this as an omen) From this moment on it... More 

Thank nannieannieWigan
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We visit this visitor park a number of times per year. The facilities have improved over recent years hence the increase in parking prices but if you like plane spotting it's a good place to visit for a few hours. The restaurant is also very good and serves snacks as well as lunches.

Thank Debby H

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