We visited on a sunny April afternoon which was great for watching the planes from the specially-designed viewing mounds. There are over 600 planes on the move every day, so you definitely won’t miss out on the thrill of a massive jet whooshing past you.
The whole park is easy for prams with a great play park and climbing frames. My kids aren’t at the age where we can all cycle, but there is a family-friendly Airport Orbital Cycleway that looks well worth checking out.
The star attractions are Nimrod and that most noble of aircraft, Concorde – it simply screams speed, glamour and elegance. Set in a palatial glass-fronted hangar, the flagship of the supersonic era is visited via a pre-booked tour (£13.50 per person). If you’ve ever flown or wanted to fly this work of art then it is an absolute must. Our guide spoke passionately and knowledgably and the fact Concorde will never fly again actually brought a tear to my eye! The Nimrod tour (£13) is available too but you must be at least 1.3m tall.
If you’re happy without a tour, there’ll be at least one plane (DC-10, Trident or Avro RJX) you can hop on and view free of charge (weekends only).
For lunch, the Ringways Restaurant is large with a well-priced children’s selection. Not only that, but it offers a brilliant view of Concorde. There’s also a more casual take-out café with coffee, hot and cold snacks and ice cream. We took advantage of the weather and had a picnic at one of the many tables scattered around the park. Finally, don’t forget to check out the gift shop. It has more aeroplane-related items than you would ever imagine possible!
Parking £3 per hour.
The Runway Visitor Park, Sunbank Lane,
Altrincham WA15 8XQ
Tel: 0161 489 3932 manchesterairport.co.uk