North West Hot Air Balloon Rides

Must See Areas of Natural Beauty in the UK

Rugged peaks, glistening lakes, and rolling dales - the North West of England stuns with its diverse beauty. Embark on a hot air balloon ride and witness the Lake District's majesty unfold before you, or drift past the charming Yorkshire Dales or the Cheshire countryside. This wide reaching region offers a delightful feast for the eyes.

North West Hot Air Balloon Experiences

Why Choose A North West Hot Air Balloon Ride

Virgin Balloon Flights north west hot air balloon launch sites span across three distinct regions in this part of England, each offering unique scenic experiences:

Lake District: An extremely popular tourist destination, this simply stunning national park promises outstanding views of Cumbria's lakes, rivers and gorgeous countryside. You might soar over England's second-largest lake, Ullswater, or even catch a glimpse of the historic Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Views of Dalesmain Ullswater from a hot air balloon

Yorkshire Dales: This region offers a chance to drift over the stunning landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The nearby Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, might also be visible from your balloon.

Cheshire: Witness the Cheshire countryside unfurl beneath you. Depending on wind conditions, you could even be treated to panoramic views of the Peak District National Park, another jewel in England's crown. In a different direction, the modern cityscape of Manchester might peek through the horizon, offering a fascinating contrast to the rural landscape.

North West Hot Air Balloon Launch Sites

Whichever location you choose, Virgin Balloon Flights hot air balloon rides offer an unforgettable experience. Our seasoned and passionate pilots prioritise your safety every step of the way.

Join Virgin Balloon Flights and witness the magnificent lakes and vistas of the North West of England in all its glory from a completely unique perspective. Create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come, sharing this incredible experience with loved ones as you embark on a bucket list worthy trip of a lifetime.

Don't let this opportunity slip away. Book your hot air balloon adventure today and discover a side of England you never knew existed.

Ready to get started? Choose your nearest location from our wide selection, or explore North West launch sites below.

Cumbria Hot Air Balloon Rides


An unforgettable airborne adventure awaits when you take flight for a magnificent Cumbria hot air balloon ride. Take life higher across some of the most beautiful landscapes in the north…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Carlisle

Dalemain (Ullswater)

Go up, up and away on a stunning Lake District hot air balloon ride from the gorgeous Dalemain Estate. Take to the skies across the stunning North…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Dalemain, Penrith

Lake District Graythwaite Estate

Beautiful Graythwaite Hall is at the heart of our Lake District hot air balloon rides. Set in seven acres of stunning grounds, the gardens are open to the public from early April until…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Newby Bridge

Lancashire Hot Air Balloon Rides

Kirkby Lonsdale

Right on the edge of the Lake District is our stunning Yorkshire Dales hot air balloon ride from the beautiful town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Endless glorious views stretch in every direction as…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Kirkby Lonsdale


Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with a stunning Lancaster hot air balloon ride over beautiful countryside. Sitting alongside the River Lune, our gorgeous launch site at Crook O’ Lune is…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Crook O' Lune

Cheshire & Manchester Hot Air Balloon Rides

Greater Manchester (Macclesfield)

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on a Greater Manchester hot air balloon ride. Find the world at your feet as both beautiful rural views and, with the right wind, city skylines could…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Lower Withington, Macclesfield


Take to the skies for an unforgettable Cheshire hot air balloon ride and marvel at this beautiful county from on high. Experience the airborne adventure of a lifetime as you go up, up and…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Baddington, Nantwich

North West Hot Air Balloon Festivals

The Cheshire Balloon Festival lights up the Cheshire skies with vibrant hot air balloons. Enjoy spectacular aerial displays, tethered balloon rides, and a festive atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food, and family-friendly activities. The highlight is the Night Glow show, where balloons illuminate the night, creating a magical experience for all ages.

The next Cheshire Balloon Festival will take place in 2025.

Cheshire Balloon Fiesta

Cheshire Balloon Fiesta is a thrilling celebration that took flight for the first time in 2023, captivating audiences with its vibrant displays and exhilarating atmosphere.…

Learn more about a hot air balloon ride Tattenhall

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these flight vouchers only valid for the North West region?

No, Virgin Balloon Flights Vouchers are valid nationwide – simply purchase your balloon ride vouchers and you will be able to book at over 100 launch sites nationwide.

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