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Alton Towers, Staffordshire, England

Alton Towers is a theme park and resort located in Staffordshire, England. It attracts around 2.7 million visitors per year making it one of the most visited theme parks in the United Kingdom, after Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Alton Towers is also the 9th most visited theme park in Europe. It is based north of the village of Alton in Staffordshire (approximately 16 miles (26 km) east of Stoke-on-Trent), in the grounds of a semi-ruined Gothic revival country house of the same name, the former seat of the Earls of Shrewsbury. The resort also includes two hotels; The Alton Towers Hotel and Splash Landings Hotel, The Alton Towers Waterpark (Cariba Creek), Extraordinary Golf, Conference Centre and The Alton Towers Spa (Located in the Alton Towers Hotel). Alton Towers is the flagship attraction of Merlin Entertainments in the United Kingdom.

Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s number one Theme Park resort, home to record breaking roller-coasters, CBeebies Land, and a sensational host of family attractions and entertainment. With days and days of fun to enjoy, the Resort also has accommodation to suit every budget: the woodland retreat of Enchanted
Village, the eccentrically unique Alton Towers Hotel,the tropical frenzy of Splash Landings Hotel and  the only CBeebies Land Hotel in the world.

Official Website : www.altontowers.com

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The major attractions at Alton Towers include:

Nemesis – Europe’s first inverted roller coaster.

Oblivion – the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster

Air – the world’s first B&M flying roller coaster.

Rita – a launched roller coaster which accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately 2.2 seconds.

Th13teen – the world’s first vertical free fall drop roller coaster, in which the track and train suddenly fall.

Galactica – universe’s first rollercoaster with fully dedicated virtual reality


Galactica launched in 2016, and is the universe’s first roller-coaster with fully dedicated virtual reality. The exhilarating ride experience combines the physical sensation and adrenaline rush of Alton Towers Resort’s iconic flying roller-coaster, with the breath-taking emotive experience of travelling through space.
Cutting edge technology launches riders into a different world, complete with virtual space suits, stunning visuals and an exciting space adventure. The visuals have been perfectly synchronised to the thrilling twists, turns and loops of the roller-coaster to recreate the sensation of hurtling through space. Visitors ride in a prone position along the 840-metre long (2,760 ft) track, to recreate the feeling of flying.

Unlimited thrills

Alton Towers Resort is renowned for ground-breaking, world-first roller-coasters. Galactica is the world’s first roller-coaster with fully dedicated virtual reality and combines the adrenaline rush with the feeling of travelling through space. Galactica takes its place alongside the army of record-breaking


The Smiler is the world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster, the most of any ride in the world, with a speed of 85 km/hr.

TH13TEEN, the ultimate rollercoaster, includes the world’s first free fall drop on a coaster.

Nemesis remains a firm favourite, even with the most hardened thrillseekers: guests hang loose, below the track, as they experience a force of up to 4G on the park’s most intense ride experience.

Don’t Look Down, as you’re suspended from the 180ft drop of Oblivion. Pulling 4.5Gs as you hurtle down its vertical drop, this jaw-dropping and iconic ride was the first of its kind.

If eye-popping speed is more your style, Rita will catapult you from 0-100km/ph in just 2.5 seconds. The sheer acceleration will leave you with no time to catch your breath, as you’re hurtled through turns and drops

Wicker Man

Wicker Man is the first wooden roller-coaster to be built in the UK for 21 years, with the unique thrill of fire. The dramatic images reveal a spectacular six-story (57.7ft) structure, featuring an impressive human face on one side and ram’s head on the other, which bursts into flames as the train races through its chest.

Before boarding Wicker Man, riders will embark on a journey into the world of the Beornen, a secret community living in the woods around Alton. Lured in by chanting, rhythmic sounds and unseen eyes watching them, guests will ‘be chosen’ to take part in the cinematic ‘preshow’ before braving the ride itself.

Rollercoaster Restaurant

For guests seeking a dining experience with a twist, Alton Towers Resort is home to the UK’s first Roller-coaster Restaurant. The restaurant is set below a vast roller-coaster track where diners can watch as their order tackles two gravity defying loop-the-loops before dropping 8 metres down the tornado spiral to their table. From a standing start, every dish will compete to reach its final destination, racing along 400m of spiralling steel track.

Alton Towers Waterpark

Soak up some watery fun at the Caribbean-themed Waterpark: be blasted up and away by the fantastic Master Blaster watercoaster, explore the Wacky Waterworks Treehouse, before relaxing in the Lazy River or Bubbly Wubbly pool! There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping water thrills for the whole family, including Little Leak – a shallow area full of interactive play features and slides for tiny tots.

Family Fun

Explore the hidden shipwreck of underwater fun: Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE located in the swashbuckling Mutiny Bay, and come face to face with creatures from the deepest depths.

Cloud Cuckoo Land is an area full of fantabulous fun, especially for the younger guests: hop like a frog, saddle up on the quirkiest carousel, or test out your motoring skills at Cuckoo Cars Driving School with new zany features around every turn.

Intrepid adventurers can ride the waves on Congo River Rapids, get into a spin on Spinball Whizzer, before uncovering the dark history of the legendary ancestral home, in Hex: The Legend Of The Towers.

Plus, family fun is made easy with a fantastic scheme for parents: The Parent Q-Share Pass. This allows one adult to the queue for a bigger ride, freeing the other to explore with their little ones. Once one adult has ridden, they swap parent care duties, hand over the Pass, and the other can ride without having to queue

Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest

Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest is a challenging high ropes experience, featuring two courses: High Ropes for those with a head for heights, and Low Ropes for those who want to stay a bit closer to the ground!

The High Ropes sees guests traverse the treetops a dizzying eight metres up in the air as they attempt to complete 19 incredible challenges including transverse nets, swing tyres, stepping stones, barrel crawls and boulder walls. Best of all is a thrilling 85-metre zipwire that sends daredevils hurtling back down to earth at the end of the course.


CBeebies Land Hotel

Step inside the rainbow and straight into the colourful world of the CBeebies Land Hotel. All uniquely designed for young families, the CBeebies Land Hotel is bursting with music, stories and adventures for little ones to enjoy. Home to unrivalled family entertainment featuring meet and greets with some of your
favourite CBeebies characters, live shows, story time and CBeebies games to play, the fun is endless at the CBeebies Land Hotel. The hotel features bedrooms themed to firm favourites, such as In the Night Garden, Octonauts, Postman Pat, as well as Swashbuckle and Something Special.

CBeebies Land 

This year, CBeebies Land is bigger and better than ever, with the launch of Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride and Furchester Hotel Live. Join Kyan, Xuli, Lars and Foz on a Go Jetters global adventure as little thrill seekers fly around the world in a Vroomster. With their very own controls, youngsters can guide their Vroomster up and down as they launch from the Jetpad to help to find Grandmaster Glitch.

Alton Towers Spa

After a busy day, take a break and unwind in Alton Towers Spa. Nestled in the beautiful grounds of Alton Towers Hotel, experience the Spa’s new outdoor traditional log sauna and enjoy luxury treatments from Germaine De Capuccini. The award-winning Spa is a blissful oasis of luxurious tranquillity and offers the
perfect place to relax and unwind. The lower level is home to the tranquil Aqua Relaxation Rooms, while the 9 beautifully designed treatment rooms on the upper level offer the perfect setting for a range of personalised treatments to spoil yourself. From relaxing to revitalizing, the spa has something for everyone – try a revitalizing facial, a heavenly massage, or let our expert therapists leave you feeling pampered with one of our beauty essentials, including finishing touches: Shellac Nails, Fake Bake and i.d. bareMinerals make-up. The Spa provides a unique mix of environments to relax and awaken your senses; all within the confines of the UK’s number one family short break destination

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