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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.
Updated Apr 11, 2005
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.
Written Feb 24, 2013
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.
Written Mar 11, 2005
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.
Written Feb 24, 2013