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Review: the British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

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This is our review of the British Airways business class lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3.

Reader John (who spent £1,052 on LEGO last year) kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the British Airways Terraces business class Lounge at Manchester Airport T3. For comparison, here is what he thought of the Aspire Lounge next door.

EDIT: This lounge was permanently closed in 2021.  British Airways no longer has a dedicated lounge at Manchester Airport.

Here is his review:

“I’d imagine that more than a few HfP readers have passed through Manchester Airport Terminal 3 as it is used for all British Airways flights departing from Manchester.

When compared to the departure halls in T1 and T2, Terminal 3 is very lacking in terms of, well, everything really. Shops, bars, restaurants, even the layout of security is lacking as you have to pass through a tiny corridor and climb some steps before you enter the main hall.

The good news is that if you’re flying in Club World, Club Europe, First or – until 1st April – Business UK with British Airways, you won’t have to walk far to get to the departure lounge.  There’s a set of steps on your left as you enter the main hall where you will find the Escape Lounge and the separate British Airways Terraces lounge. I’ve managed to get from the curb to a cozy chair in less than 15 minutes.

On the last occasions I visited the lounge last year, it was a very pleasant experience. I was warmly greeted by the BA member of staff at reception (not something I can say for the staff at the Concorde Room at Heathrow) who politely checked my details and told me she’d alert me and my wife when our flight would be ready for boarding.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The lounge is actually very large but doughnut shaped.  The centre is taken up by a cupola that provides a natural light both to the Terraces lounge and the main departure hall on the floor below. A wide variety of seating and workspaces are available around the periphery.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The views from the window are nothing special but you can watch the (mostly Ryanair) planes coming and going.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

Food and drink in the British Airways lounge at Manchester

While I’ve only ever visited the lounge for breakfast, the selection is absolutely fine.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

There is a very well-stocked bar with a good selection of spirits (not that I was sampling them at 10am) and a couple of choices of wine.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The breakfast choices are the standard selection of cereals and pastries but everything is well-presented, clean and pretty fresh.  If you want a hot bacon roll you need to use your Priority Pass to pop into the Escape Lounge next door.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The coffee was served from a bean-to-cup machine and I enjoyed my two lattes very much.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The ‘business’ section is pretty small – although tablets and ultra light laptops mean the demand for using third party PCs has dropped a lot in recent years – but there is good WiFi throughout the lounge so you only really need it for printing.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The lounge has a reasonable amount of seating and feels massive due to the cupola in the centre of the room.  I can’t imagine it ever getting that busy unless British Airways does, as rumoured, begin long haul flights from the airport.

The only other oneworld airlines that fly out of Manchester Terminal 3, and so also use the lounge, are American and Iberia.  Finnair and Aer Lingus use Terminal 1.  As there are only a handful of flights each day, you should expect the lounge to be pretty quiet whenever you visit.

Review British Airways Terraces Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3


All-in-all, I find the British Airways lounge in Manchester Terminal 3 a fine place to start your trip. It is nothing special but certainly very comfortable and accommodating.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (12)

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  • Alan WAn says:

    I’ve used this lounge a few times. Worth noting champagne is available on request.

  • rossmacd says:

    I’m not sure you can get better views than the BA lounge has at MAN, considering the type of traffic that comes and goes.

    Good lounge that I called home for almost 4 years.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:


      To paraphrase Basil, are you expecting herds of wildebeests to sweep majestically across the plains?

  • Anna says:

    I go in the lounge once or twice a year and the staff have always been friendly; I don’t know if it’s because it’s Northern or because it rarely seems busy! They are always quick to clear used crockery and glasses away, which keeps the lounge looking clean and tidy, unlike at Heathrow where we’ve often had to clear our own table and not seen a member of staff for the entire visit! It’s just a shame about the lack of bacon rolls, as they’ve usually gone by the time we get to T5 🙁

  • Afasam says:

    *kerb, *cosy

  • Harry says:

    I think this lounge is exactly what a lounge should be – an oasis of quiet to relax in before a flight. I have been there only a couple of times but the food offerings were fresh, the drink selection wide for hot drinks, liquor and soft drinks and the staff amongst the best BA people anywhere to be found, but most importantly, the lounge was quiet and relaxing. I don’t know how big it is in square metres but the shape give is a great feeling of space.

  • Jea says:

    I used it last Sunday afternoon for the first time. Nice surroundings, polite and cheerful staff who kept it very clean and tidy. Only downside for me was I fancied something sweet to have with a cup of tea. There were sandwiches, cheese and biscuits, soup but no cake or anything for those of us with a sweet tooth.

    • Trickster says:

      There are usually some cookies available, and sometimes wrapped cakes.

      I’ve always enjoyed visiting this lounge. First time I used it was for the then direct BA flight to JFK. At that time BA had the whole lounge area where the Escape lounge is and a bit to the left as you look at the airfield that’s closed off now.

  • LondonLad says:

    The worst thing about T3 is security ALWAYS a farce!! Apparently BA refuse to pay Manchester Airport for Fast Track as they think it’s so poor!

    What annoys me in the lounge are the staff talking to each other in languages other than English.

    • John says:

      Maybe you should stay out of lounges altogether then

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Surely the ability to speak multiple languages is a great skill for a lounge agent?

      While I always try to speak English in public places out and about in the UK I’d have no issue speaking my second language in an airport, it’s full of international travellers after all.

    • AndyGWP says:

      I’ve used fast track a few times there… just show your boarding pass or relevant Oneworld status 🙂

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