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This Alton Towers short guide is an excerpt from Cheap Attraction Breaks And Short Stays At Theme Parks: The Ultimate Guide.
With many of the UK’s big park attractions found in the south of England, Alton Towers is more-easily accessible to the rest of the island’s thrill-seekers. Perhaps that’s why it’s the UK’s most visited theme park.
It has a fair reputation for white-knuckle rides with some of the world’s best rollercoasters including Air, Nemesis and Oblivion. However, there is loads to do for kids of all ages, and with recent additions like CBeebies Land younger children will not miss out.
The huge resort has grown its accommodation options recently with the opening of the Enchanted Village with its lodges and treehouses.
- Thrill rides including Rita, Nemesis, TH13TEEN, Oblivion
- Runaway Mine Train
- Ice Age 4D Experience
- Twirling Toadstool
- Mr. Bloom’s Allotment
- In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride
- Postman Pat Parcel Post
- Tree Fu Tom Training Camp
- Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure
- CBeebies Land
- Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest
- Extraordinary Golf
- Alton Towers Spa
Where is it?
Alton Towers Resort is between the M1 and the M6, about 15 miles east of Stoke-on-Trent. It costs an additional £6 to park – or £16 if you choose ‘express parking’ outside the park gates. There is no train station nearby, so visitors arriving by public transport come by bus either from Stoke or Uttoxeter, though services are limited.
Best age for kids?
Of 40 different rides available at Alton Towers, seven require the rider to be at least 1.4 metres high and a further six require them to be over 1 metre. The park attracts a lot of families with over 8s but there is still plenty that under 8s will enjoy – though perhaps not as much as at Legoland.
Top ride The Smiler reopens in June 2016 after a crash that has now been confirmed was due to human error. In the meantime, Air is the standout attraction – it’s described as the closest thing to flying, with riders gliding through the skies in a ‘Superman’ position.
CBeebies Land is barely a year old and it’s latest addition is a junior Octonauts rollercoaster. Visit after 13 May and you’ll be able to check out its newly-launched theme restaurant where food is delivered by mini rollercoaster.
Need to know!
Alton Towers often runs special events during school or seasonal holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Check their events page to see what’s coming up. Note that the theme park is closed from November to mid-March each year.
A one-day park entry ticket bought at least seven days in advance costs £32.85 per person, if for a family of four or more. Tickets for the water park – which is a separate entity – can be bought for £12 each online.
2 For 1 Tickets
Alton Towers has an ongoing promotion offering a second day entry to the park for the price of one ticket – but the deal is only for those booking a hotel stay. Alton Towers says: “2nd Day FREE is a Theme Park entry day and must be taken on consecutive stay dates with a hotel stay in the middle. 2nd Day FREE does not apply to themed weekends held at the Alton Towers Resort Hotels. ” Book a 2 for 1 stay.
There are also occassional 2 for 1 ticket only offers – check our vouchers above.
- Alton Towers has several on-site accommodation options. We checked prices for a one night midweek stay in March for a family of four.At the top end are its exclusive new Enchanted Village treehouses. These quirky self-catering luxury apartments come with free WiFi, a private hot tub and a 30″ plasma TV in every bedroom. One night with theme park tickets included cost a whopping £1078.00.Less pricey are the Enchanted Village woodland lodges which come with full English breakfast at the Crooked Spoon restaurant and cost £293.75 with park tickets included.A third option is the longer-established resort hotel and its Explorer rooms. They all have a 26″ flat screen LCD TV, tea and coffee making facilities and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. When we checked prices started at £290.51. There is also Caribbean themed Splash Landings hotel on site which has rooms from £270.51.
- Off site, using Alton Towers’ own short breaks booking site, we found a night at Holiday Inn Stoke on Trent (15 miles from the park) for £216 for a family of four. There were some slightly cheaper options in further-away locations like Nottingham. Check out Play And Stay for similar deals but with bonus days at the park offered.
- You could save a few pounds using Superbreak’s search engine to find a package. We found a double room at Holiday Inn East Midlands Airport (26 miles away) for £173.66 with park tickets.
- Also compare prices if you book your accommodation independently. Use Booking.com or one of the other sites in our Cheap Hotels guide.
Ellie from the West Midlands says:
The park is quite spread out so wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be doing a lot of walking. That said, we also used the SkyRide cable car to travel between different areas and save our legs! Ask for a wristband that you can attach to your kids with your name and mobile number on, just in case they wander off in the crowds. It’s also wise to buy your car park ticket as soon as you arrive rather than waiting till the end of the day, because the queues then are often huge.
What other families have said
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If you’re also looking for a hotel, right now we like trivago for the best deals. It’s the biggest hotel search site in the world and has good coverage of the UK (as well as hotels abroad). For a family friendly budget stay, don’t forget to check Premier Inn and Travelodge. As a general rule with hotels, book early for the cheapest price. If you’ve left it late, try LateRooms.
Need to buy train tickets?
Our top choice for UK train tickets is Virgin Trains – they search the whole rail network, not just Virgin routes. What’s more, they don’t add booking fees or charge you for using your credit card. Also worth a look is Trainline. They buy up seat allocations in bulk, meaning they can sometimes pass on better discounts than rivals.
Need to buy coach or bus tickets?
If you’re travelling by bus, these days National Express really makes an effort to be family friendly. With booster seats, wifi, air con and power sockets for tablets – as well as bargain prices when compared to train – they’re worth a look. With their £8 Family Coachcard kids go free.
Don’t forget to read our full expert guide to saving money on UK theme park breaks: Cheap Attraction Breaks And Short Stays At Theme Parks: The Ultimate Guide