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Launch Site Address

City Airport and Heliport, Liverpool Road
M30 7SA

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Manchester Hot Air Balloon Ride


Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on a Manchester hot air balloon ride.

Find the world at your feet as both beautiful rural views and city skylines could come into view.

Go up, up and away for stunning, seemingly endless 360 views as you see landmarks you know and love from a whole new perspective.

Look out for the winding River Irwell and not one, but two golf courses just a stone’s throw from our launch site as you take off.

If the wind takes you to the East towards Manchester city centre and Salford, you could very well find yourself drifting over Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, or the famous Manchester Ship Canal.

The right wind could even bring the dramatic skyline of the city itself in the distance.

To the north and west lie miles of patchwork fields, while to the south lie the towns of Irlam and Altrincham.

Our balloons launch from City Airport and Heliport in Eccles, a small and friendly site with a pleasant restaurant and viewing facilities for those who come along to wave you off on your airborne adventure.

Whichever way the wind takes you, you can be sure of an unforgettable experience on our Manchester hot air balloon adventure.

Please Note: Morning flights, Monday to Friday only are available from Manchester, due to the availability of the launch site.


Exit the M60 at Junction 11 and follow the A57 Liverpool Road, signposted Irlam. City Airport is less than a mile down the road on the left hand side.

For morning flights, our flight crew will meet you at the main entrance. They will be there up to 15 minutes before the official meet time so please be patient if you arrive any earlier and wait for them by the entrance barrier.

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