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Alton Towers

Alton Towers, is a theme park, waterpark, and hotel complex in the county of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. It is the flagship attraction of Merlin Entertainments in the United Kingdom. The site opened in 1860[citation needed] with flower shows and garden tours until a theme park was built on the site in 1980. Alton Towers Theme Park opened on 4 April 1980. Major attractions include Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Runaway Mine Train, Congo River Rapids, Hex - The Legend of the Towers, Th13teen, and The Smiler. In May 2014, the resort opened a brand new family area in the form of CBeebies Land, featuring several ride and attraction re-themes from the previous Old MacDonald's Farmyard area, and heavy emphasis on additional live entertainment.

History Of The Park

The Alton Towers estate was a former seat of the Earls of Shrewsbury. Following its sale in 1924 a group of local business men formed Alton Towers Ltd. and began to restore the gardens as a tourist attraction. The park has developed progressively since the 1950s including the operation of a fairground prior to becoming a theme park in April 1980.

In 1990 the park was purchased by the Tussauds Group; owned by Pearson. In 2005, Alton Towers was acquired by the investment group Dubai International Capital (DIC) when it purchased the Tussauds Group for £800 million. The Tussauds Group was bought by Merlin Entertainments in March 2007 for over £1billion from DIC, placing Alton Towers under their control. In July 2007, the resort and park was sold to Nick Leslau and his investment firm Prestbury who now lease the park back to Merlin Entertainments to operate on a 35-year lease.

Park Information

  • Location: Alton, Staffordshire, England
  • Owner: Merlin Entertainments
  • Opened: 4 April 1980
  • Operating season: March - November
  • Rides Total: 36
  • Roller coasters: 8
  • Water rides: 3
  • Website:





  • 22nd of March until 9th of November.
  • First admission is at 9.00am, with rides opening at 10am. (Early Ride Time is 9am)
  • Closing times vary throughout the season, typically between 5pm and 7pm
  • Ticket Prices are below:
    • Adult Tickets - £49.20 (Online - £36.90)
    • Child Tickets - £40.80 (Online - £32.40)
    • Child Tickets (Under 4yrs) - Free
    • Senior Tickets - £25 (Online - £18.45)


Rollercoaster Main Rides Children's Rides
  • Galactica
  • Nemesis
  • Oblivion
  • Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure
  • Rita
  • Runaway Mine Train
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Th13teen
  • The Smiler
  • The Blade
  • Enterprise
  • Twirling Toadstool
Water/Dark Rides
  • Battle Galleons
  • Congo River Rapids
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
  • Duel
  • Hex
  • Nemesis: Sub-Terra
  • Charlie & Lola
  • Diving School
  • Frog Hopper
  • Galloper's Carousel
  • Get Set Go Tree Top
  • Go Jetters
  • Heave Ho
  • In The Night Garden Boat Ride
  • Justin's House
  • Marauder's Mayhem
  • Mr Bloom's Allotment
  • Numtums Number Go-Around
  • Nina's Science Lab
  • Postman Pat
  • Something Special Sensory Garden
  • Tree Fu Tom Training Camp
  • Wobble World
Other attractions
  • Alton Towers Spa
  • Extraodinary Golf
  • Haunted Hollow
  • Monorail
  • Sharkbait Reef
  • Sky Ride
  • The Gardens
  • Tree Top Quest
  • Waterpark


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