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You can stay overnight in a converted ex-military helicopter in Lancashire

Coolest Airbnb in the north?

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 11th April 2024

A former military helicopter has now been turned into an Airbnb, and it’s parked up an hour outside Manchester.

The specially converted Lynx helicopter once flew in the Gulf War and was used by the British Army in places like Kosovo too.

But now it’s found its resting place in the idyllic Lancashire countryside, where its previous military interior has been turned into cosy overnight accommodation.

Although it’s far from roomy inside, the 1982 Westland Lynx XZ676 comfortably has space for up to two adults and two children.

A specially-designed double bunk has been installed in the tail of the chopper, while the sofa bed pulls out into a bed for kids.


It may be small in stature but it’s also well-equipped, with a kettle, microwave, mini fridge and LED TV.

If you choose to stay overnight, you also have access to your own private decking area with outdoor seating, and can make use of the nearby toilet and shower block.


The glamping experience is located at the Ream Hills holiday park near Blackpool, which also has Geodesic Domes that sit on the lake, glamping pods, and luxury lodges.

The listing says: “If you fancy something completely unusual why not arrange to stay in our specially converted Lynx helicopter for the night – every child’s dream from six to sixty!”

One-night stays start from £110.


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Featured Image – Ream Hills