Last Updated on February 27, 2024 by Suzy
I’ve been visiting Alton Towers for as long as I can remember and it’s been fascinating watching it change and develop. We find that with the size of the park and everything that there is to do there, we like to visit over the course of two days.
What is there to do at Alton Towers?
There’s plenty to do there for all ranges of ages. Little ones will love Cbeebies Land with a great range of rides from slow Tree-top adventure, Postman Pat and In the Night Garden-themed rides to faster Octonauts and Go Jetter rides. Plus more rides, daily shows and a Tree-fu Tom-themed playground. There have been some recent new additions including Andy’s Dinosaur Dig and more.
Slightly bigger kids and older kids will love the Runaway Mine train, Congo River rapids (we didn’t get too wet!), pirate-themed rides and a ghost ride where you get to shoot at the ghosts, ghouls and zombies. Plus a spooky Hex ride where you are given the sensation of going upside down. There’s a driving school for kids over 1 metre and 4 years. There are a couple of other younger rides near here as well. The Gangsta Granny ride is a new addition to the park plus Retro Squad and The Alton Towers Dungeon.
Older kids and adults will enjoy their great range of thrill rides including Spinball Whizzer, the Wicker Man and Galactica. Plus Nemesis, Oblivion, Rita, Th13teen, Smiler, Blade and Enterprise. Other attractions include a nice aquarium, with over 300 species of fish including sharks, seahorses and rays. Plus there are some beautiful gardens at Alton Towers. You can also visit parts of the castle and take a ride on the Skyride which is a cable car ride taking you from one end of the park to the other.
One thing to note is if you are staying on-site you get early access to selected rides from 9:30 am. Fast-track tickets can also be purchased for an additional cost. They also have a dungeon which again has an additional cost and is not suitable for children under 10 years old. In one of the hotels, there is a water park and adventure golf (additional costs).
A separate attraction, but also in the same area, is the Alton Towers Waterpark which you could visit if you stay overnight here or you can visit as a stand-alone day trip.
Important Information Alton Towers
Is there food and drink available?
There is a great choice of restaurants at Alton Towers from fast food to sit-down restaurants. There are also plenty of kiosks around the park.
What are the main things to do?
A great choice of rides for young to old including CBeebies Land, thrill rides and family rides. There are toilets and plenty of places to eat.
What are the ticket prices?
You can save a lot of money by purchasing online in advance with tickets priced from £36.00. Most short break packages include the tickets and you can also find many different offers such as buy 1 get 1 free.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.
Is there parking?
There is parking and charges apply.
When are they open?
Alton Towers is open from March until November every year. Although they still offer short breaks in December (Santa’s Sleepover) and February half term (limited opening in CBeebies land). For up-to-date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Only assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
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