Chertsey Journals

2 Days in Thorpe Park

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A July 2013 trip to Chertsey by Joy S

Mercure London Staines-upon-Thames Hotel Photo, Surrey, England More Photos
Quote: We spent a couple of days at the Thorpe Park theme park.

Mercure London Staines-upon-Thames Hotel

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Hotel | "Mercure London Staines Hotel"

Mercure London Staines-upon-Thames Hotel Photo, Surrey, England
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We chose this hotel based on its proximity to Thorpe Park. We had planned to spend 2 days at the theme park, the hotel is only 3 miles away so it seemed like a great location.The hotel is in Staines, a little town on the outskirts of London. As well as being convenient for Thorpe Park, it is also only a short drive to Legoland, Chessington World of Adventures and Twickenham. You can walk easily to the town centre from the hotel as well. If you don't want to drive to Thorpe Park there is a shuttle bus which leaves from outside the hotel.On our first evening at the hotel, we got the last space in the car park. The next evening we were not so lucky - we got back around 6pm an...Read More

Mercure London Staines-upon-Thames Hotel
Thames Street
Staines TW18 4SJ
01784 334800

Riverside Restaurant and Bar

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Riverside walkway Photo, Chertsey, England
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We were staying in the Mercure London Staines hotel, after checking in and finding it was located right on the banks of the River Thames, we left our suitcases and headed out to explore straightaway. We were on a bit of a dual mission - explore the riverside path and get our bearings, plus look for somewhere in Staines to have a meal that evening and the next. The hotel has an idyllic location - it is right on the banks of the Thames and the rooms at the back look over the river. You can leave via the bar and terrace and then walk along the path by the river. We turned right as we left the hotel and just wandered. It was peaceful, serene and calm. The river flowed gently on our left ...Read More

Thorpe Park

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Thorpe Park Photo, Windsor, England
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We had annual Merlin passes, Thorpe Park is one of their attractions, so we scheduled a trip to this theme park in the summer for that reason. We spent two days at the park, this was more than enough time to do everything we wanted (at least once), not feel rushed or under pressure and have an enjoyable time.We arrived early, just when the park opened and had no trouble with a parking spot close to the gates. It was very easy to get into (and out of) the car park and there were no queues at the turnstiles. In fact on a Wednesday and Thursday in August when we visited, there were no big queues at all for any rides.Once inside I could hardly believe my eyes - in front of me we...Read More

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Thorpe Park
Staines, Chertsey, Surrey
Windsor

Thorpe Park Tips and Hints

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* The park is open every day between March and November, however opening and closing times vary depending on the time of year, so you need to check their website before you set off. Whatever time they open at, I recommend getting there early. We arrived just before opening and it made a great difference and we felt like we had made the most of the day. It can get busy on the roads around the park so you can avoid being in a traffic jam. Also if you are an early bird, you get a parking space near the entrance and beat any queues for tickets.* The big roller coasters and the water rides get far busier after lunchtime. So use your first hour to do these main rides before the queues start...Read More

Thorpe Park - The Rides

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Depth Charge Photo, Chertsey, England
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There are 6 themed areas in Thorpe Park, we carefully studied the map when we went in and then planned our time with military precision. Some of the areas are themed better than others, but in all of them there is a thrill ride.We decided to head first to Swarm - the newest ride and the one with the biggest lines. We arrived first thing in the morning, the queue was half an hour, so not too bad at all. It is what they call a "winged" rollercoaster. This refers to the seat construction and basically means you have nothing to hold onto while the ride is going. It is sheer and utter terror. It moves at 95 miles per hour, there are a number of near misses, an inverted drop and if you are ...Read More

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom