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Alton Towers

Key information

Location:
Alton, Staffordshire, England

Operator:
Merlin Entertainments Group

Official website:
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The UK's most popular theme park, Alton Towers is situated in the grounds of a semi-derelict gothic country house in Staffordshire. The park is huge, covering some 500 acres, although its attractions are concentrated in a few themed areas on different sides of the estate's famous gardens and woodland. As well as 6 major rollercoasters, the park includes several dark rides, an assortment of flat rides and an increasing number of attractions aimed at younger guests.

History: Few theme parks can trace their roots back 3000 years, but that's approximately when the first iron age fort was built close to the Alton Towers site. Following that, a number of different buildings stood there before being converted in the 19th century to the current Gothic style. 1980 saw the installation of the Corkscrew rollercoaster, and the start of the estate's evolution into a major theme park. Since then, major rides such as Nemesis (Europe first's inverted rollercoaster), Oblivion (the world's first vertical drop rollercoaster) and Thirteen (the world's first vertical free fall drop rollercoaster) have helped the park to continue to grow. Since 2007, it has been operated by Merlin Entertainments Group, the same company that runs Legoland and Madame Tussauds attractions around the world.

Top Rides and Shows:

Nemesis
Your rating: None (736 votes)
3 reviews
The Smiler
Your rating: None (524 votes)
5 reviews
Oblivion
Your rating: None (521 votes)
3 reviews
Congo River Rapids
Your rating: None (142 votes)
0 reviews
Rita
Your rating: None (299 votes)
1 review

Top Restaurants:

Explorers Pizza Pasta Buffet
Your rating: None (261 votes)
0 reviews
Eastern Express
Your rating: None (242 votes)
0 reviews
Coca Cola Refill Station
Your rating: None (233 votes)
0 reviews
Woodcutter's Bar and Grill
Your rating: None (219 votes)
0 reviews
Courtyard Tavern BBQ & Bar
Your rating: None (158 votes)
0 reviews

Top Hotels:

Alton Towers Hotel
Your rating: None (249 votes)
2 reviews
Splash Landings Hotel
Your rating: None (288 votes)
0 reviews
Enchanted Village
Your rating: None (238 votes)
0 reviews

More information:

New attraction opening dates
Find out the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new rides at Alton Towers.

Refurbishment schedule
Check for any scheduled temporary ride closures at Alton Towers.

Latest News:

Alton Towers has resubmitted its planning application to build a third on-site hotel, this time consisting of a number of small lodges. Here's a summary of what we know about the plans.

Alton Towers will remove the Submission ride from X-Sector for the 2014 season. We take a look at which rides could follow it out of the park over the next few years.

Alton Towers has revealed details of the attractions that will feature in its new CBeebies Land area, which is due to open on May 24, 2014.

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