If you’re a thrill seeker then theme parks are an absolute must for any summer day out, but which ones are the best? If you only have time for a trip to one theme park, which should it be? What about if you have younger children? Here are some of the best theme parks the UK has to offer…
Let’s start with arguably the most obvious choice. Alton Towers is probably the most famous theme park in the UK, if not in Europe and it’s not difficult to see why. Over the years they have made it into a huge park with some of the biggest and fastest rollercoasters and rides in the country. It’s also incredibly picturesque and has something for practically the whole family. It’s pretty central in the country, not too far from Stoke, meaning it’s pretty easy for most people to get to. Check out their website to see what rides they have and their opening times.
Thorpe Park is probably Alton Towers’ biggest rival in the theme park world, and it’s another fantastic day out. Just outside Central London, it’s not too difficult to get to and they’re constantly adding new attractions and themed areas. The shark hotel is also amazing if you fancy making a weekend of it.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Whilst Blackpool Pleasure Beach is ideal for a day trip, it’s absolutely perfect if you’re after a weekend away as Blackpool has so much to offer outside of the theme park as well. It’s a real family theme park – it has huge rollercoasters such as The Big One but also has plenty for the smaller ones as well such as Nickelodeon Land and a host of shows to watch, too. Click here to book a trip away to Blackpool so you can enjoy the Pleasure Beach and the other attractions on offer.
Gulliver’s Theme Parks
If you want to visit a theme park that’s more geared towards the younger ones, then the Gulliver’s theme parks are excellent. There are three different parks across the country, in Warrington, Milton Keynes and Matlock Bath, meaning they’re accessible to pretty much anyone in the country, and they’re a great introduction to theme parks if the kids aren’t quite ready for something bigger. They also have Splash Zone areas, so it’s great if they enjoy a swim too. Their website has information about the three different parks.
Chessington World of Adventures
Like the other theme parks on the list, there are some fantastic rides at Chessington. However, one of the best things is the animals they have. Chessington was a zoo before it was a theme park and they still have over 1,000 animals there including lions, giraffes and gorillas.
Again perhaps one for the younger children, or maybe the adults who still love playing with Lego! Aside from the amazing Lego models on offer, there are plenty of rides and attractions, and also set in some incredibly picturesque surroundings. Head over to their website to see what else they have on offer.