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UK City Helicopter Tour

30 minute edinburgh helicopter sightseeing tour
helicopter sightseeing tour

UK City Helicopter Tour

For 1

£99
Per Person

For 2

£195
For 2 People

For 3

£289
For 3 People

For 4

£385
For 4 People
Subtotal: £

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30 Day Refund

Valid for 12 Months

The Highlights

  • Approx 12-15 minutes flying
  • Available for up to 4 people
  • Multiple UK venues
  • Minimum age 6 yrs old
  • Includes pre-flight safety briefing
  • Exchangeable Experience Gift

27 Locations To Choose From

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  • Bishopton - Glasgow
  • Bromyard, Hungry Hill Farm
  • Cambridge - Bottisham Airfield
  • Cheltenham - Gloucestershire
  • Coventry
  • Glasgow - Cumbernauld Airport
  • Glasgow - Heatheryknowe
  • Kirkliston - Edinburgh
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Newport
  • Oxford
  • Penzance - Land's End
  • Perth
  • Saint Agnes - Perranporth
  • Saint Ives
  • Shepton Mallet - Bath & West Showground
  • Shoreham-by-Sea - Brighton
  • Skegness
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Stirling
  • Stourbridge - Wolverhampton
  • Wells - Glastonbury
  • Widmerpool - Nottingham
  • Woking - Fairoaks Airport
  • York - Elvington Airfield

The Main Event

Elevate the ordinary with this UK Wide City Helicopter Tour, an amazing gift for both the adventurous and the nostalgic. 

Imagine the thrill of soaring through the skies in a powerful Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter (or an equivalent model), viewing the world below through an extraordinary lens. This approx 30-minute adventure includes 12-15 minutes of flying time, providing a spectacular aerial perspective of the UK's most cherished cities.

From the historic spires of Edinburgh to the bustling docks of Liverpool, our pilot will guide you over iconic landmarks and hidden gems, some of which have stood the test of time for hundreds of years. It's an exhilarating way to reconnect with your hometown or to explore a new city's heritage from an incredible vantage point.

This scenic helicopter ride package offers a selection of tours across England, Scotland, and Wales. Choose from cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Perth, Stirling, Gloucester, Penzance, and Glasgow. Each city has its unique history and culture, seen like never before from the heights of your helicopter seat.

Perfect for anyone who has a deep connection to these places, whether they grew up there or spent significant time working in the area. This experience isn’t just a ride; it's a journey back through personal history and a fresh glimpse into the soul of the city.

Give the gift of flight and the joy of rediscovery with this popular scenic helicopter ride package, and let the landscapes unfold beneath you. It's an unforgettable experience that will be cherished forever.

*This isn’t a private flight. If you book for 3 people for example, the one spare space to make up 4 passengers could be filled by someone from another booking.*

Important Bits

Important to Note

This experience lasts approximately 30 minutes with 12-15 minutes of flying.

Please note that locations are subject to change and can be removed and added by the experience provider.

When

This is an incredibly popular experience, so the provider advises booking around 3-6 months in advance for most locations. As we are a gift experience provider, we advise giving the voucher for the occasion ( i.e birthday/ anniversary ) and allowing the recipient to choose a location, time and date that suits them.

The main flying season is April-October for most of the locations, however there are a handful of venues that run year round.

The year round locations are: Newcastle, Gloucestershire, Fairoaks, Blackbushe, Cumbernauld, Nottingham & Waterford.

Validity

Your voucher is valid for 12 Months from the date of issue.

Please note you must have booked and taken your experience before the expiry date.

Who Can Go

  • For shared flights such as this one, ages 6 years to 13 need to be accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. There is no maximum age limit.
  • Maximum height is 6’6”
  • Maximum weight is 12-15 stone (depending on location and party size - see FAQ).
  • The above are only guidelines and may differ by location please check at the time of booking.
  • You should not take part if you suffer from epilepsy or vertigo. You should be in reasonable health, if you have any disability or illness that may prevent you from taking part then you must discuss this with the centre before booking.
  • You will share your flight with up to five other fare-paying passengers.
  • On the day, you will need to bring 2 forms of identification: Photo ID (passport or driving licence) and Proof of Address (utility bill), along with your experience voucher and boarding pass (email confirmation).

What about Insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it Works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.

FAQs

Is this experience weather dependant? 

Yes, all flights are subject to weather, operational factors and are subject to the possibility of short notice cancellation.

As the weather is ever changing, the pilot will not make a decision until 6pm the evening before your flight. Please do follow the weather check process on your boarding pass

It is important to note that things can change at the last minute and whilst we try our best to predict the weather, reports are not always accurate.

Is this experience private? 

All helicopters can seat at least 4 people, but there are a few helicopters that have 6 spaces, so exclusivity is not guaranteed. 

What is the maximum participant weight?

Flying activities have maximum weights (per seat) to ensure health and safety along with the comfort of fellow passengers.

You must enter passenger/participant weight at the time of booking an experience. If weight varies between the time of initial booking and date of flight experience it remains the responsibility of the customer to update their individual weight via their online account prior to flight.

All passengers will be weighed before flight and if disparity exists between weight disclosed and actual weight (within reason), the passenger may be ineligible to fly.

The following weight restrictions cover multiple flying experiences:

Aeroplane Flying Lessons (2 Seater Aircraft) – Max 15 Stone (95kg)

Aeroplane Flying Lessons (4 Seater Aircraft) – Max 18 Stone (114kg)

Helicopter Flying Lesson - Max 15 Stone (95KG)

Pleasure Flights (Helicopter)
Group size of One – Max 15 Stone (95kg)
Group size of Two – Max 30 Stone (190kg)
Group size of Three – Max 43 Stone (273kg)
Group size of Four – Max 56 Stone (355kg)
Group size of Five – Max 66 Stone (420kg)
Group size of Six - Max 76 Stone (485kg)

Please note that the maximum weight limit for the Co Pilot Seat on a helicopter pleasure flight varies depending on aircraft and other operational considerations but will not exceed 95kg.

If as a party of one you weigh in excess of 15 stone, you may still be able to fly however you will need to purchase an additional seat. This seat will either have to remain unoccupied or can be occupied by an individual as long as the combined total as listed above is not exceeded. However, a total individual weight of 20 stone cannot be exceeded.

Is there an age limit? 

Shared Helicopter Flights – 6 years to 13 years (accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket). There is no maximum age limit.

Private Helicopter Flights - 2 years (accompanied). There is no maximum age limit.

Is there a maximum height?

The maximum height is 6ft 6 for helicopter rides.

Can I fly whilst pregnant? 

We are happy to fly pregnant passengers however we cannot give medical advice, please consult your doctor if you have any concerns at all before taking your flight.

Photos

A photographer is present at every flight and customers can have their photos taken outside and inside of the helicopter. The framed photos will be available to purchase after the flight for £10.

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Glasgow

Glasgow

Flying over Glasgow in a helicopter is an exhilarating experience that offers a unique perspective on Scotland's largest city, blending its rich industrial heritage with modern vibrancy. The views from the air are indeed amazing, providing a panorama that captures the city's iconic architecture, winding river, and surrounding landscapes.

As you take off and ascend over Glasgow, one of the first landmarks to catch your eye is likely to be the Glasgow Science Centre and the adjacent Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as "The Armadillo" due to its unique shape. These modern structures stand out along the banks of the River Clyde, highlighting Glasgow's ongoing evolution and innovation.

The river itself is a central feature, winding its way through the city. From the air, the importance of the Clyde to Glasgow's development as a major port during the Industrial Revolution is evident. You can see the bridges that cross the river, each with its own design and history, connecting different parts of the city.

Glasgow's historic architecture also comes into view, with the magnificent Glasgow Cathedral and the nearby Necropolis, a Victorian garden cemetery, offering a glimpse into the city's past. The intricate layouts of these sites, set against the modern cityscape, create a striking contrast.

The expansive green spaces of Glasgow are particularly striking from above. The sprawling Pollok Country Park, with its woodlands and the historic Pollok House, provides a green oasis that seems almost incongruous with the urban environment surrounding it. Similarly, Glasgow Green, the city's oldest park, and the nearby People's Palace and Winter Gardens, stand out as vibrant community hubs.

The West End of Glasgow, with its bohemian atmosphere, is another highlight. The area's leafy streets, the University of Glasgow with its impressive Gothic architecture, and the nearby Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, are all more captivating from an aerial view, showcasing the cultural richness of the city.

For sports fans, the sight of iconic stadiums like Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium from the air is thrilling. Their massive structures and the surrounding areas, often bustling with activity on match days, are emblematic of Glasgow's passion for football.

Liverpool

Liverpool

Flying over Liverpool in a helicopter offers a unique and exhilarating experience, providing unparalleled views of this historic city's blend of architectural grandeur, iconic waterfront, and vibrant cultural landscapes. From the air, the city unfolds like a living tapestry, rich in history and modern dynamism, making it a truly distinctive adventure.

One of the most striking sights from a helicopter is Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront. The River Mersey flows gracefully, flanked by the historic Albert Dock, the modern Museum of Liverpool, the Tate Liverpool, and the iconic Liver Building with its legendary liver birds watching over the city. This juxtaposition of the old and the new epitomizes Liverpool's spirit, a city deeply proud of its heritage yet always looking forward.

As you hover above, the panoramic views of the city reveal its famous landmarks in a new light. Anfield, the hallowed ground of Liverpool Football Club, and Goodison Park, home to Everton FC, stand as temples of football, their importance to the city's identity even more apparent from above. The sight of these stadiums from the air, especially on match days, can be awe-inspiring as you grasp the scale and passion of Liverpool's football culture.

Liverpool's architectural diversity is another highlight of the helicopter tour. The city skyline is a mix of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, such as the West Tower and the upcoming developments on the waterfront. The intricate layout of the city streets, squares, and public spaces, including the majestic St. George's Hall and the Liverpool Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Britain, showcase the city's architectural richness and innovation.

The helicopter flight also offers a unique perspective on Liverpool's cultural landscape. The city, known as the birthplace of The Beatles, boasts areas like the Cavern Quarter, where the famous Cavern Club can be seen from a different angle, highlighting Liverpool's enduring influence on global music history.

Flying over Liverpool in a helicopter is unique because it encapsulates the essence of the city in a way that ground-based tours cannot match. It's the combination of sweeping views, the thrill of flight, and the ability to see the city's historical and cultural landmarks from a bird's eye view that makes it an unforgettable experience. The perspective from above allows for a new appreciation of Liverpool's geography, its place along the Mersey, and its role as a cultural and historical beacon in the UK. This aerial journey is a celebration of Liverpool's past, present, and future, making it a truly unique adventure for residents and visitors alike.

Manchester

Manchester

A helicopter experience over Manchester offers a thrilling aerial perspective of one of the UK's most dynamic and culturally rich cities. As the helicopter lifts off and Manchester spreads out below, passengers are treated to a bird's eye view of the city's striking blend of historic architecture, modern skyscrapers, and green spaces, all woven together by the intricate patterns of streets and waterways.

From the air, one of the first landmarks that commands attention is Old Trafford, the iconic home of Manchester United Football Club. This stadium, with its vast seating capacity and unique structure, stands as a testament to the city's deep-rooted love for football. Similarly, the Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City, showcases the modern architectural prowess and the sporting rivalry that fuels the city's passion.

The helicopter tour provides a unique vantage point to appreciate Manchester's architectural diversity. The city centre, with its historic buildings like the Manchester Town Hall, a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture, contrasts sharply with the sleek, modern lines of the Beetham Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the UK. The juxtaposition of the old and new reflects Manchester's ability to evolve while honouring its past.

As the journey continues, passengers can gaze upon the Salford Quays area, where the transformation from industrial docklands to a vibrant cultural and residential hub is most evident. The striking structures of the Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry, along with the MediaCityUK complex, home to major BBC and ITV studios, highlight Manchester's role as a leading centre for media and the arts.

The helicopter ride also offers views of the sprawling university campuses, emphasizing Manchester's status as a major centre for education and research. The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, with their mix of historic and contemporary buildings, stand out against the urban landscape, surrounded by the greenery of parks and squares.

Flying over Manchester, one can't help but notice the extensive network of canals that once powered the city's industrial revolution. These waterways, now repurposed for leisure and living spaces, add a unique character to the city, with the Rochdale and Bridgewater Canals providing serene counterpoints to the urban bustle.

Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne

A helicopter experience over Newcastle upon Tyne is a thrilling journey that offers a blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes from an aerial perspective. As the helicopter lifts off and Newcastle unfolds below, the first striking feature is the iconic River Tyne, with its famous series of bridges that link Newcastle to Gateshead. These engineering marvels, including the Tyne Bridge, the Swing Bridge, and the modern Gateshead Millennium Bridge, form a striking visual narrative of connectivity and innovation.

The view of the city reveals a fascinating tapestry of old and new. The medieval Newcastle Castle, from which the city derives its name, provides a glimpse into the past, standing proudly amid the urban sprawl. Close by, the spire of St. Nicholas Cathedral punctuates the skyline, offering a reminder of the city's historical depth.

As the helicopter moves across the city, the modern architecture of the Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on the south bank of the river showcase Newcastle's vibrant cultural scene. These contemporary structures, with their distinctive designs, reflect the city's ongoing commitment to arts and innovation.

Flying over the city provides a unique perspective on Newcastle's green spaces, such as the sprawling Town Moor, which contrasts with the urban environment and offers a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. The view extends to the suburbs and beyond, where the patchwork of residential areas, parks, and further afield, the rolling countryside of Northumberland, can be appreciated in all its natural beauty.

The experience of flying over Newcastle upon Tyne in a helicopter is marked by the exhilarating sense of freedom that comes from viewing the city from above. It's a journey that captures the essence of Newcastle, highlighting its historical landmarks, cultural institutions, and the natural beauty of its surroundings. The unique perspective from the air offers a new appreciation for the city's architecture, its relationship with the River Tyne, and the vibrant life that flows through its streets and open spaces.

Newport

Newport

A helicopter ride over Newport, Wales, presents an exhilarating blend of natural beauty, industrial heritage, and modern development, all from the unique vantage point of the skies. As the helicopter ascends, Newport unfolds beneath you, offering a panorama that stitches together the past and present of this dynamic city.

Starting with the River Usk, which slices through the city, its winding path is a guide to Newport's heart, leading eyes towards the city centre where historical and contemporary architectures merge. The Newport Transporter Bridge, one of the few operational transporter bridges worldwide, is a highlight, standing as a testament to the city's industrial past and ingenuity. From above, this engineering marvel, along with the city's other bridges, showcases the importance of the river to Newport's development.

The helicopter's path allows for views of Newport's varied landscapes, from the bustling city centre with its shopping districts and urban parks to the serene and expansive wetlands of the Newport Wetlands Reserve to the south. This contrast offers a reminder of the balance between urban growth and nature conservation efforts in the area.

Flying over, you can also glimpse the Celtic Manor Resort, renowned for its world-class golf courses and as a venue for international events, including the 2010 Ryder Cup. Its sprawling greens and luxurious facilities nestled in the Usk Valley are a testament to Newport's modern allure and capacity to host global gatherings.

The journey through the air brings into perspective the surrounding hills and valleys that frame Newport, marking the transition from urban to rural Wales. The vistas extend to the horizon, where the Brecon Beacons National Park might be visible on a clear day, offering a reminder of the stunning natural beauty that Wales is celebrated for.

A helicopter experience over Newport is not just a visual treat; it's an opportunity to witness the layers of history, the strides in modern development, and the natural splendours that define this part of Wales. It's a journey that offers both the thrill of flight and a newfound appreciation for Newport's unique character, seen from the unparalleled perspective of the skies.

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Oxford

Oxford

Experiencing Oxford from the unique vantage point of a helicopter is an unforgettable journey that combines the thrill of flight with the awe of witnessing centuries of history and academic excellence unfold beneath you. As the helicopter ascends, Oxford reveals itself not just as a city but as a tapestry of architectural beauty, lush landscapes, and intellectual heritage.

The flight offers a panoramic view of the city's dreaming spires, a term coined to describe the harmonious ensemble of Oxford's university buildings, which seem to pierce the skyline with their gothic elegance. The University of Oxford, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world, is made up of a collection of colleges, each with its own distinct character and history. From above, these colleges are seen nestled amidst the city's streets, their courtyards and gardens hidden jewels within the urban landscape.

Oxford's historical significance extends beyond its university. Flying over, you can appreciate the strategic importance of the River Thames (locally known as the Isis) and the River Cherwell, which flank the city, offering natural beauty and a serene contrast to the academic hustle and bustle. The meandering rivers, with punts gliding gently along, provide a picturesque scene that adds to the city's charm.

The helicopter ride also presents an opportunity to see Oxford's blend of old and new from a different perspective. Historic sites like the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, with its striking neo-Gothic architecture, are seen alongside modern research buildings and vibrant public spaces, showcasing the city's ongoing growth and its role as a centre for learning and innovation.

Beyond the immediate cityscape, the helicopter experience extends to the surrounding countryside, where the lush greenery of Oxfordshire stretches out, dotted with quaint villages, ancient woodlands, and rolling hills. This scenic backdrop provides a stark contrast to the dense historical urban centre, highlighting the diversity of landscapes that can be found within a short distance of Oxford's heart.

A helicopter tour over Oxford is not just about what you see but how you see it. It's an experience that elevates the senses, offering a fresh perspective on a city known for its academic achievements and architectural beauty. The bird's eye view allows for a comprehensive appreciation of Oxford's layout, its landmarks, and the natural beauty that surrounds it, making it a truly unique and memorable adventure.

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