Jo and I just love this place! It is the UK’s first purpose-built municipal airport, dating back to the 1930s, and operates now as one of the country’s busiest general aviation airports. It’s literally on our doorstep and the fact that it welcomes little visitors, as well as those with wings, makes City Airport a perfect place to touch down…!
The airfield is located just off the M60 not far from The Trafford Centre. The Airfield Lodge is the on-site bar and restaurant (which is open to the public) overlooking the take off and landing area. There are plenty of tables and a menu serving food all day including: full English, bacon rolls, and Sunday roasts, plus a children’s menu with fish fingers and mini pizzas.
We took Ellie and Ted, who are both four years old, on a weekday morning and there was just one other family in, but I understand that the whole place is popular on summer weekends. At the front of the restaurant outside, with great views over the airfield, there’s a securely fenced-off play area, with Little Tikes cars, swings and a brilliant climbing frame. On the day we visited there were plenty of light aircraft zipping around to watch.
The kids had a good time playing and we took a short walk to the control tower where you can climb up to a balcony with views across the runway. We also had a peek inside the tiny museum situated in a portakabin across the car park. It’s filled with aviation memorabilia and a couple of RAF uniforms for the children to try on. There’s no cost to visit City Airport so it’s great to drop in for a flying visit – we’ve landed there so often, we’re now frequent flyers!
Daily 27 Oct 2013 – 29 March 2014 9am-sunset, 30 March – 25 Oct 2014 8.15am-8pm. Light aircraft may not fly in heavy winds, snow etc. Admission and car parking is free
The Airfield Lodge: Daily from breakfast till late.
City Airport & Heliport, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester M30 7SA
Tel: 0161 789 1362