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2 Days at Alton Towers

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A September 2012 trip to Alton by Joy S

Entrance to Alton Towers Photo, Staffordshire, England More Photos
Quote: We spent 2 days at the Alton Towers theme park, trying out the family friendly attractions and some of the thrill rides
Entrance to Alton Towers Photo, Staffordshire, England
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Alton Towers is probably the most well known and popular theme park in the UK. It attracts every age group and all types of people, from hardened thrill seekers, to those who prefer a gentler adventure to young children and families. There is something for everyone here.It is set deep in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, a lovely setting and beautiful surroundings. It took us about 1.5 hours to drive here from our home in north west England. We decided to take our son here as a birthday treat and opted to stay overnight so we would have 2 days to explore the park. This was a good decision, we got to see everything and did not feel rushed.A day ticket to Alton To...Read More

Tips and Hints

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* When buying tickets, check the on-line price first of all. They offer significant discounts if you buy in advance on-line, as opposed to buying at the gate. This is also true for the Merlin Annual Passes. As well as saving money though, you also save time because you don't have to stand in a long queue to buy the tickets (then join another queue to get into the park). I was amazed though at all the advertisements I saw throughout the park for annual passes and tickets. They did not include VAT in the prices, this is normally always included in the UK, and had the effect of making everything seem a lot cheaper. Watch out for this.* Arrive early at the park. On our first day we got ...Read More

Family Friendly Rides

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Storybook Land Photo, Staffordshire, England
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These are the rides and lands we enjoyed as a family, not for hardened thrill seekers but gentle and fun for all ages.We started in Storybook Land. This is a nice introduction to the park and has rides for very young children. Squirrel Nutty is a ride inside a giant acorn which takes you high above the "tree-tops." You get a good view over this whole area from the ride. It is all very nicely themed.Old McDonalds Farm is right next door. It is aimed at younger children, but our 9 year old also found plenty to keep him happy here. The Dungheap playgroud has lots of climbing frames, slides and a zip wire. There is a tractor ride around the farmyard and a carousel for very y...Read More

Thrill Rides

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Shark alert Photo, Alton, England
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Alton Towers is well known in the UK for its extreme and thrilling roller coasters. These are the ones we especially enjoyed during our day out there.In Forbidden Valley they have the newest ride at Alton Towers - new this year - Nemesis Sub Terra. We headed straight here when the park opened. The queues get really long, even at 9.45 before the ride opened, there was a long line, but we joined it and did not have a bad waiting time. They describe it as a psychological thrill. It is not a roller coaster and the ride part itself is not that scarey, but the build up, theming and pre-ride experience really seemed to shake up just about everybody. It takes place "deep underground" and invo...Read More

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The Manor Photo, Cheadle, Staffordshire
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We wanted to stay overnight close to Alton Towers and had quite a search to find suitable accommodation. We had stayed in the on-site hotel in the past, but fancied a change this time. Lots of the offerings close by are guest houses or B&B's - lots seemed to have very negative reviews, but then we found this one. It had excellent reviews.It is in Cheadle, a nice little market town in Staffordshire, about 20 minutes drive from the theme park. It was once an old rectory, built in 1758.They claim a 4 star rating and state that although they are not a hotel, they have the facilities and more.The building is lovely, a big, old, red-brick house in the middle of th...Read More

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom