Long holding the title of the UK's most popular theme park, Alton Towers has been the go-to destination for thrill-seekers since it opened its gates back in 1980. Today, the enormous park is most famous for its white-knuckle roller coasters, including the Nemesis, TH13TEEN, The Smiler and the brand-new virtual reality ride, Galactica. It' not just for daredevils, though—the 10 themed zones include plenty of family friendly rides including favorites like the Runaway Train and the River Rapids, plus a SkyRide cable car, a 4D Ice Age experience and the CBeebies Land, with rides aimed at preschoolers.
The Alton Towers resort is also home to two hotels; an 'enchanted village' with luxury treehouses and woodland lodges; a luxurious spa and a range of cafés and restaurants, including the recently opened Rollercoaster Restaurant, where the food is delivered via a 2-loop roller-coaster track. That’s not all: there’s also the Alton Towers Waterpark; the Treetop Quest high ropes park; an Extraordinary Golf course and several themed gift shops.
Alton Towers is located in central England, 45 miles (72km) north of Birmingham and is open from March to November. Entrance times vary, but the park typically opens at 10am and closes between 4 and 6pm. Tickets are £51.60 for adults, £45.60 for children.