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Alton Towers Features and Articles

Theme Park Tourist's range of in-depth articles covering rides, attractions and restaurants at Alton Towers are listed below. As well as previews and reviews of new rides, look out for "Top 10" lists and tips for saving time and money on your next visit.

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Alton Towers Village artwork
Friday, October 04, 2013 12:40

Back in 1989, Alton Towers drew up plans for an on-site hotel and chalet complex that would host some 1,200 guests. It was never built, but we can take a look at what might have been.

Alton Towers grounds
Monday, September 16, 2013 10:41

The sprawling Alton Towers estate hides a number of hidden secrets. Can you find them all?

Oblivion condoms
Friday, September 13, 2013 10:07

Over the years, Alton Towers has sold all kinds of bizarre merchandise related to its rides and attractions. Read all about some of the most unusual items that have been offered by the park.

Cross valley coaster plans
Monday, September 09, 2013 12:15

In 2003, Alton Towers submitted plans for a stunning new wooden roller coaster that would swoop between the Ug Land and Forbidden Valley areas. However, it faced fierce opposition from local residents.

Woburn Safari Park
Friday, September 06, 2013 11:44

In the late 1990s, Tussauds was emerging as a major player in the UK theme park market. Setting its sights on the number one spot, it planned to build a new theme park at Woburn Abbey to rival Alton Towers.

Battersea Power Station artwork
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 11:32

In the 1980s, John Broome planned to turn Battersea Power Station in London into a theme park. The project was a disaster, and resulted in the sale of Alton Towers to Tussauds.

Trentham Gardens Perseus and Medusa statue
Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:35

The story of John Broome's attempts to convert nearby Trentham Gardens into a "sister park" for Alton Towers in the early 1980s.

Corkscrew at Alton Towers
Monday, August 26, 2013 11:37

Learn how the iconic Corkscrew roller coaster helped propel Alton Towers to its current position as the UK's number one theme park.

Alton Towers mansion
Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:37

Learn about the incredible Grand Fetes that drew thousands to Alton Towers during the 19th century - and their 1970s equivalents run by The Mirror newspaper.

Thorpe Park games stall
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 08:11

The BBC exposed serious flaws in the way Thorpe Park's games stalls are run - and visitors have lost faith in the integrity of their operators.

Air at Alton Towers
Monday, June 24, 2013 09:00

A guide to the rides and attractions you cannot afford to miss during a visit to Alton Towers.

Alton Towers mansion
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:00

A selection of essential tips for saving money on your next trip to Alton Towers.

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