Alton Towers is one of the top tourist attractions in the UK and a popular destination for a fun-filled family day out. Best known for its exciting thrill rides, Alton Towers is also full of fun rides and attractions that are suitable for the whole family.
Family Attractions at Alton Towers
Being a theme park, Alton Towers is full of interesting themed ‘lands’. Although thrill seekers will be more interested in X-Sector and the Forbidden Valley, where many of the fast-speed roller coasters are situated, families will find there are a number of great ‘lands’ designed just for you too!
The park has five themed areas that have been designed for kids and families, all with something different and unique to offer…
Mutiny Bay is Alton Towers’ popular pirate themed land where kids and adults can get wet enjoying a Splash Battle on Battle Galleons, or how about the rocking boat ride, Heave Ho?! The newest addition for 2009 is Sharkbait Reef where you can touch sea creatures in the touch pools and watch them swimming from the Ocean Tunnel. After enjoying the attractions here stay on to see the live Pirate of Sharkbait Reef show!
Old MacDonald’s Farmyard
Popular with kids and adults of all ages is Old MacDonald’s Farmyard where you can pet animals in the petting zoo and enjoy several kid sized rides such as the Riverbank Eye Spy boat ride. The adventure playground, amusingly called There’s Something in the Dungheap, has ziplines and climbing frames.
Though there’s only one attraction in Storybook Land it’s great fun for both adults and children! The Squirrel Nutty Ride takes riders on a journey in a giant acorn through the trees!
Aimed at older kids (aged 5 to 11) Adventure Land has lots to see and do. Space Adventures Playground has even more climbing frames, slides and swings as if those in Old MacDonald’s Farmyard weren’t enough! There are two fun rides here too – the roller coaster with a difference, Spinball Whizzer, and the oldest remaining roller coaster at Alton Towers, The Beastie!
Cloud Cuckoo Land
New for 2009 is Cloud Cuckoo Land, the last of Alton Towers’ lands that are aimed at children and families. The fun continues in this wacky land where you can enjoy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride, the bouncing Frog Hopper, Galloper’s Carousel, the Peugeot 207 Driving School and Twirling Toadstool. Stick around to see a performance at the Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre before heading off!
Visiting Alton Towers
Situated between the M1 and the M6 motorways, Alton Towers is easy to get to by car or public transport and is situated just north of the village of Alton. The park is well signed on major and minor roads or if you’re coming by train make use of the bus service from three stations to the theme park.
Families are well catered for when it comes to tickets, with reductions for larger families or buy individual adult and child entrances. Buy two days of fun for not much more than the first! Visit the Alton Towers websitefor more information and to buy discounted tickets.
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