Alton towers is going to 'launch' a new coaster in May 2013. It was initially known as 'sw 7' which stood for 'secret weapon', but has now recieved its proper name of 'The Smiler'. It stands on the site of 'The black hole' which was basically a fairly average coaster contained in a blacked-out tent. I thought it worked really well..but time move...more
It would be fair to say that what are generally known as 'dark rides' in the terminology of theme parks is not Alton Towers strongest suit. Disney are clearly the masters in this department, and anybody else a fairly distant second.These are Alton's main offerings :Duel : a glorified 'Ghost train' where you shoot lasers at targets. There's some...more
Alton towers has developed quite slowly over the years. I can remember when they used to have the log flume as the main advertised 'thrill ride'. Nowadays it barely rates above a childrens roundabout.The designers have had a special challenge at Alton towers as local planning laws limit the height of rides to not much above the level of the tallest...more
I want to hear some appreciation on this tip as they don't come much better than this! :-)So if you are visiting Alton Towers, be prepaired to pay over £30 per Adult ticket if not more, it's very very expensive! If you are visiting as a family entrance would be well over £100 before you have even entered the gates. Here are 3 ways to save money the...more
I went to Alton Towers after a gap of 8 years. Things have changed. New white-knuckle rides like Oblivion and Air are fantastic. Oblivion takes you the edge of a vertical drop, leaves you hanging over the edge for a couple of seconds and then plunges you into a foogy hole in the ground. Air is an experience like flying. (or so the kids tell me, I...more
This long winded 'story of the towers' attraction is only worth it for the freaky illusion at the end of the ride. Apart from that I found Hex boring and drab. Also, if you were claustrophobic it would be an absolute nightmare. We queued for ages, and slowly walked through the very dark building housing the attraction, looking at the various...more
I think there was meant to be some sort of theme with this one, but I certainly didn't follow it, seemed very vague. That doesn't detract that this was a fantastic ride however! It was fast, intimidating and great fun. It is the roller coaster that Alton Towers originally marketed with, and it certainly holds it's own when compared to other top...more
Meet 'Air', Alton Towers newest thrill ride. I was really looking forward to this one upon my second visit to the park, and it certainly did not dissapoint. This rollercoaster has a unique style, which gives you an immense feeling, and will have you believe that your actually flying! The track is overhead, and once you have sat in your hanging...more
Don't get me wrong, the Cork Screw still goes inverted for a large portion of the ride, and is pretty fast, but this is a slightly milder option, for if looking at the likes of 'nemesis' and 'air' get the better of your stomach! Found in the Ug Land area of Alton Towers, the coaster typically follows the theme of the area, and is shaped like a...more
Ug Land is a themed area of the Alton Towers theme park, where all the attractions are based around cavemen and dinosaurs. The area has a very cartoony, fun atmosphere, and is a neutral venue for kids and adults alike, with rides that reflect this. Even if none of the rides interest you, then it is a pleasant area to walk around and view, with some...more
I have now visited Alton Towers on two occasions. Being a big fan of theme parks I can safely assure you that this is Britain's leading park for atmosphere, value and quality of rides. There is something to suit evryone here. There is beautifully crafted scenery, tranquil areas to relax, like on the Swan boats, pleanty for the children, and rides...more
I recommend a cable car ride above the famous gardens created by the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury who owned the land here then. He was quite an excentric man and in the garden you can find all sorts of things like classical temples, Stonehenge and similar things. When I was there, the cable cars blared out "In an English Country Garden". Maybe someone...more
Cheadle Road, Alton, ST10 4DH, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
I haven't stayed in either but they seem like fun. Alton Towers apart from ordinary rooms also has...more
AltonTowers, Alton, ST10 4DB, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Getting around the various lands of Alton Towers couldn't be easier than by using the sky trams. The overhead trams are also great fun to go in, and there's always something to see. They run very regularly, and stop at each of the main areas of the park. Might not be the best idea if you're afraid of heights!more
Best is if you have your own car (although you pay £3 for the parking and £10 if you want the best location!). It is well signposted from the hub of motorways around Stoke-on-Trent. Don't despair if you haven't got a car. Virgin, Central and Midland Mainline trains all have package deals including bus transfer from London and other cities.more
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A mini paradise for chocolate lovers! You can't help but miss it as you stroll in to the confines of Alton Towers theme park, it resembles a windmill, and when you go inside the small building is packed to the rafters with different confectionary items. There all the Cadburys products that you would expect there to be, plus a few extra novelty items as well, specific to the towers!
What to buy: Chocolate of course!
What to pay: Unfortunately, the items here are no cheaper than you'd pay on the high street, in fact if anything they are more expensive. But even if you don not buy anything, it's worth taking a look around anyway.
Alton towers has quite obviously tried to copy Walt Disney theme parks in terms how guests are processed in arriving at the park. Disney, however, did not have to deal with the vagaries of local planning committees. Not for Alton towers a swift expressway branching off the local autoroute or interstate...rather an exasperating trudge through local villages on B-roads. On busy days the kids will become frustrated at the snail's pace progress made towards the entrance. Once there guests are directed towards a monorail that cluncks towards the ticket booths, and finally the entrance to the park itself. Expect delays and queues at all points..
The lesson here is a) arrive early or b) book the previous night in a local B & B or the Theme parks own hotel (thus gaining early entry) or c) make the alton towers trip a 2 dayer so your not rushing to pack everything in one day.
Luggage and bags:
No need for any sort of luggage really. If you are staying overnight either at a b&b or an Alton Towers Hotel then just a change of clothes which can be left at the hotel will be needed. You will be on your feet most of the day when around the park, and as such will want to be travelling light.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Obviously this will depend on whether. However, you will probably be doing a lot of walking so wear something that breathes easily, and sensible shoes. On, or even nearby certain rides you WILL get wet, and as such may need a spare jumper or something. However, in the warmer months your clothing should dry off by the sun in not time at all!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you feel safer bringing your own medicines that is fine, but there are plenty of first aid spots and trained helpers available should the unfortunate need arise.
Photo Equipment: There is plenty to snap away at here, but due to the nature of some of the rides, you may not want to take your favourite one! If you want to buy a disposable one, then they are readily available in the shops around the park.
The most obvious 'off the beaten path' point of interesr is the local village itself. I guess 99.9% of visitors ignore the charming little village in their haste to get into the theme park or get home again. I must admit I'm guilty as charged and have never stopped in the village either.
Back in the theme park itself the delightful gardens are missed by most. They are maintained to a high standard and are concentrated in the 'valley' between the Nemesis coaster and the 'Towers' ruin. Most see a little of them from the cable car that spans the valley. If you can spare the time (especially if you are on a 2-day ticket) then taking the scenic route and walking through the gardens makes for a nice respite from the adrenalline junkies off to get their fix on the next ride.
One of the newest features of Alton Towers is the Queue jumping facility. This has become quite a popular format with the majority of theme parks around the world, and if you've visited one recently then you should be familiar with the concept. Basically, you reserve a ticket so that you can come back to one of the more popular attractions at a...more
One of the new features at Alton Towers is the Queue Jumper pass. This has become a very popular idea at the majority of theme parks over the last few years, and so if you've been to any others then you should be familiar with the concept. Basically to save time queuing on the more popular attractions you can reserve a certain time to come back to...more