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Drayton Manor

Key information

Location:
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England

Opening date: 
Oct 16, 1949

Operator:
The Bryan Family

Official website:
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Set in 280 acres of parkland in Tamworth, Staffordshire, Drayton Manor combines elements of a theme park and a zoo. The park is home to more than 35 rides and attractions, including the first stand-up roller coaster in Europe, Shockwave, and the 5-sided drop tower Apocalypse. In addition to thrill rides, it also caters for younger guests with the popular Thomas Land, the only themed area in the UK based on Thomas & Friends. The 15-acre Drayton Manor Zoo operates for 365 days a year and houses more than 100 animal species.

History: Drayton Manor’s history dates back to 1830, when construction of the original Drayton Manor house began. The house was demolished in the 1920s, with the estate subsequently being acquired by the Bryan family in 1949, when work began to convert it into an amusement park. The park threw open its gates later that year, offering a restaurant, dodgems, rowing boats and several hand-operated rides. The first animal exhibits were opened in 1954, and new attractions were gradually added over the proceeding two decades. While it is still overshadowed by nearby Alton Towers, Drayton Manor has sought to install unique attractions to differentiate itself in recent years. The park has also added its own hotel, which opened in summer 2011.

Top Rides and Shows:

Discover Thomas & Friends Exhibition
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Emily's Indoor Adventure Play
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Harold's Heli Tours & Engine Shed
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Jeremy's Flying Academy
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Lady's Carousel
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Top Restaurants:

Boardwalk Café
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Buccaneer Food Court
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AJ's Giant Ice Cream Cones
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Cartoon Network Café
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Rainforest Pizza
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Top Hotels:

Drayton Manor Hotel
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Latest News:

Drayton Manor has revealed that it will add a Zamperla Air Race attraction for the 2014 season - making it the only theme park in the UK to add a thrill ride for the new season.

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The new Winston's Whistle-Stop Tour monorail ride opened on Friday, July 19, 2013 in Drayton Manor's popular Thomas Land area.