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Launch Site Address

City Airport and Heliport, Liverpool Road
M30 7SA

Manchester Hot Air Balloon Ride

Fun & Interesting Facts

The famous Eccles cake was first made in this Greater Manchester town as far back as 1793, when they were sold in a shop owned by a baker called James Birch. The sweet, flaky pastry treat is now exported and sold all over the world.


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.

Passenger Flight Information Line

Please call 0115 822 4905 to confirm the status of your flight.

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Thomas Hook

Look forward to... floating on air exceptional views breath-taking heights going with the wind the world at your feet