Alton Towers holiday
Alton Towers overview
Alton Towers is the largest theme park in the UK and boasts a hair-raising range of roller-coasters, designed to get hearts jumping and the adrenaline pumping. Nemesis and Oblivion are white knuckle rides on a global level, rivalling anything US theme parks have to offer.
However, the UK attraction also has a range of tamer rides and shows, ensuring that the park caters for a range of tastes and tolerances.
Alton Towers is built in a number of zones, inculding Tower Street, Mutiny Bay, Katanga Canyon, Gloomy Wood, X-Sector, Forbidden Valley, Ug Land, Cloud Cuckoo Land, Adventure Land and Storybook Land.
The park is located on the site of an eighth century stately home - its two towers can still be seen to this day and parts of the historic building are incorporated in some ghostly rides. The theme park is used to visitors travelling from far and wide to experience its thrill-inducing rides and therefore has two hotels onsite - one of which has an adjoining water park.
Alton Towers Location
Motorists driving to Alton Towers are not permitted to drive through Alton village and should therefore, if approaching from Stoke on Trent, they should turn off onto the A52, follow directions to Cheadle and then pick up signs to the resort.
Those approaching from Derby should follow directions to Ashbourne on the A52 and turn off at the signs for Cauldon Low for Alton Towers.
Driving to Alton Towers is the easiest option and there is ample parking onsite. However, some bus companies such as National Express do run services to the attraction.
Why Visit Alton Towers?
From thrill rides to light fun and magical moments for young children, Alton Towers has something to offer all members of a family or group of friends looking for an entertaining day out. Its Congo River Rapids give visitors the chance to envisage themselves being catapulted down an African white-water river, while the Runaway Mine Train takes thrill-seekers through the tree tops in a carriage which seems to be unsure of where it should be going.
There are other more sedate rides, such as the Skyride, which gives guests the chance to enjoy a smooth aerial view of the park from a jaw-dropping height, while the Haunted Hollow is a chance for guests to get scared on foot, as they embark on a series of spooky walks.