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|Continent: Europe||Country: United Kingdom||Region: England|
|Overview map||[maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=53.354138,-2.279320&spn=0.029493,0.076484&t=h&hl=en Google Maps]|
|Tower||118.625 (24R/06L)119.40 (24L/06R)|
|ATIS||128.175 (Arrivals) 121.975 (Departures)|
Official Spotting Locations
Multi storey car park
13th Floor of Multi storey car park - Terminal 1.
A.V.P. - Aviation viewing park
Signposted from main terminal areas and railway station. This area also contains Concorde,Avro 146,DC 10 nose section and Trident(not yet re-assembled)aircraft.
The shown location of the AVP on the linked Google map, is wrong. It is, in fact, at the end of "Wilmslow Old Road". Find your way to the roundabout near the M56 and follow road signs for "Wilmslow" - the AVP is signposted as "Concorde" which involves turning down a road to the left shortly after the traffic lights.
You can also go here by taking busline 200/201 (weekends/holidays) or busline 19 (workdays). The 200/201 take you there directly. Busline 19 requires a walk.
Other Spotting Locations
At the food court between terminal 1 and 2 there are a lot of large windows overlooking a few gates. Pictures can be had here from planes taxiing in the distance, as well as parked nearby.
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A disadvantage of the official Aviation Viewing Park (AVP) is that it faces the sun all day. This is a problem that can be avoided by going to the other side of the airport. Going there is easy by car. By public transport is possible too, but a bit of a handful.
To get there by bus you should first go to the AVP. Once there walk away towards the local pub, go to the left into the road in front of the pub (Pinsfold Lane). Follow the street to the end. On your left you will see a bus stop. At this stop get onto the 288 to the Moat House Hotel (2 stops). If the bus driver is unfamiliar with the hotel tell him you want to go the the Holiday Inn. The bus leaves every hour at 30 past the hour.
The hotel has a shuttle bus, but I do not know if they will accept people that do not stay in the hotel.
Of course you can get here by car as well. Leave the M62 at junction 25. Take the Brighouse Spur Road (A644). Park at the Holiday Inn and walk the rest.
At the hotel you got two options. The Mounds and a spot near the new fire station.
When you stand in front of the hotel, walk to the left back into the direction you came from. Walk into the road on your right, and walk over the small stone bridge. Walk through the gate (remember to close it again!). Follow this footpath uphill and you will find yourself at the spot. Here there are a few mounds overlooking the runway and the airport with no fences to block the view.
Near the new fire station
The second option when standing in front of the hotel is to walk back into the direction the bus came from. On the far side of the road as seen from the hotel there are steep stairs upwards. Follow this path for roughly 15 minutes. You will pass a load of gates, as long as you close them you should be fine. The path will lead you through a load of mud, behind the fire station, through some more mud, past a little river, through yet more mud and back uphill to the spot. This is probably the best spot there is as the planes rotate right in front of you for take-off.
Please note that this spot is useless between 1200 and 1500 hours because the runway will be closed. All flights are done from the other runway, but from this spot the planes are too far away. You will be fine though at the 1st spot.
Locations to Avoid
Facilities and Transportation
Railway Station at Airport between Terminals 1 & 2. Services from most of the UK mainline stations. Bus Station adjacent to railway station.