In this week's poll, we ask which of the UK's two leading theme parks is your favourite - Alton Towers or Thorpe Park?
Alton Towers has long been established as the UK's most popular theme park, pulling in million of visitors every year and boasting an impressive line-up of groundbreaking attractions. In recent years, though, sister park Thorpe Park has been playing catch-up, installing mega-budget rides such as Stealth, SAW - The Ride and (in March 2012) The Swarm.
This week's Big Debate, therefore, asks a simple question of our UK-based readers. Which is the better theme park? Does Alton Towers still offer the best day out around, or has Thorpe Park's growing list of thrill rides lifted it to the top of the pile?
My own view on this is pretty straightforward: Alton Towers wins hands down. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, the park's setting is hard to beat - Thorpe Park's former gravel pit can hardly compete with the grounds of a spooky gothic mansion. Secondly, I think that owner Merlin has gone too far in stripping out almost every child-friendly ride at Thorpe Park. Yes, they are aiming at teen and young adult market - but sometimes, it's actually nice to have a change of pace, rather than riding coaster after coaster.
Theme Park Tourist's recent recruit Sebastian also rated Alton Towers as slightly better than Thorpe Park, in his article comparing the two. I know there are a few Thorpe Park fans out there who disagree, though - make your views known!
If you were short on cash and could only visit one of these two awesome theme parks, which would it be? Let us know by voting below.
Which is the better UK theme park - Alton Towers or Thorpe Park?
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