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Manchester Viewing Park

Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:03 am

Looking for directions please...! I'm arriving in MAN terminal 1 from DUB on friday morning and want to spend a couple of hours in the viewing park. Can somebody please tell me how I can get from terminal 1 to the viewing park and then back to the terminal so I can get the train into the city centre?
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RE: Manchester Viewing Park

Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:43 pm

You will find all the information that you need on this web site

Unfortunately the direct bus service to AVP only operates at weekends and Bank Holidays. You will need to take an Arriva North West bus (bus 19. 19A, 19B, 19C) from the airport bus station and alight at the rear of World Freight Terminal. AVP is then about a 10-minute walk on a restricted footpath. Alteratively, take a taxi and arrange for it to return and pick you up at a pre-arranged time. The taxi fare is about GBP 8 each way.
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RE: Manchester Viewing Park

Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:53 pm

That page isn't great for directions on foot once you've reached the freight terminal. I'm surprised RingwayReports doesn't give better on-foot directions as well.

However, the walk from the freight terminal to the AVP is easy. There are a couple of bus stops around the freight area, the one you want to get off at is at the end of (I think) Viscount Lane (Viscount Drive? It's about two years since I went there on public transport) - the bus will come to a corner at the end of the freight terminal and head round to the left, where there is a bus stop. Just as it goes round that corner, you'll see a set of shallow-ish steps to your right. It's best to get off at that bus stop and head up those steps. At the top of the steps, you'll see an access barrier and security hut to the apron on your left; you should turn right here and head down the road. Go past LSG SkyChefs, keep going straight ahead and you'll come to the end of the road and a short pedestrian-only through passage. Once through that, you'll find yourself on a small lane called Wilmslow Old Road, with a road in front of you called Sunbank Lane. You need to turn left up Wilmslow Old Road; follow that all the way to the end (you'll see the Monarch hangar on your left as you go up there) and the Viewing Park is at the end.

There is no pavement along that road and it can get quite busy if it's a nice day and at weekends, so take care.

One other thing to bear in mind is that the Arriva route 19 is a circular route, so obviously you want to get the one that'll give you a short journey between the freight terminal and Terminal 1 rather than going all round Hale and Altrincham. Timetables can be found on


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