10 Best Theme Parks in the UK

Last updated May 13, 2020

A theme park is where one gets to relive their childhood memories and simultaneously create new, one of a kind memories with their friends and family. Be it a child, a teenager, or an adult, theme parks always top the things-to-do list of everyone’s vacation itinerary while planning a holiday. Theme parks in the UK are world-renowned for providing a perfect blend of fun and entertainment. From thrilling roller coaster rides to interactive attractions, they have it all! Here’s a concise list of ten of the best theme parks in the UK.

Thorpe Park

Located in Surrey, Thorpe park is home to some of the most iconic rides the world has ever seen. Labelled as one of the most popular theme parks in the UK, Thorpe Park opened the world’s first horror movie- themed roller coaster in 2009 which is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It also has the UK’s first winged roller coaster, and Europe’s one of the fastest and tallest coasters called ’Stealth’.Not only this, a Black Mirror themed Labyrinth is set to open in Spring 2020, which will bring the hit TV Show to life. For the younger crowd, there are a number of thrilling rides such as the gravity-defying ‘Zodiac’ and the magic carpet ride ‘Quantum’.

How to get there- Take the shuttle Bus no. 950 from Staines Station

Features- It is a paradise for Angry Birds’ fans since they can enjoy a 4D experience of the Angry Birds Land.

Location- Staines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN, United Kingdom

Nearby places- Chertsey Museum 

Opening hours- 10 am to 6 pm

Phone number- +44 371 663 1673

Ticket Price- £55

Website- https://www.thorpepark.com/

Alton Towers Resort

Alton Towers is the biggest and most visited amusement park in the UK. It incorporates a spa, theme park, indoor water park and a mini golf as well. The Unique Selling Proposition of this amusement park is to make Britain Happy which it undoubtedly does. It is home to Europe’s first inverted, gravity-defying roller coaster ride called ‘Nemesis’ which opened in 1994 and has since then attracted innumerable visitors.‘Oblivion’, tagged as the world’s first roller coaster featuring a vertical drop is bound to cause an adrenaline rush. Along with these thrilling roller-coaster rides, Alton Towers also has several junior coasters designed especially for kids such as the ‘Frog Hopper’ which is a mini drop tower and a merry go round known as the Gallopers Carousel.

 How to get there- The nearest train station is Uttoxeter, from where a 40 minutes bus ride is available.

Features- Battle Galleons and Water River Rapid in the water park.

Location- Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB, United Kingdom

Nearby Places- Peak Wildlife Park and Dovedale

Opening Hours- 10 am to 6 pm

Phone number- +44 871 222 3330

Ticket Prices- £58 for adults and £48 for Children

Website- https://www.altontowers.com/

Harry Potter Theme Park

Located on the outskirts of North London, this Warner Brothers Studio Tour is a must-visit for all the Harry Potter fans (read: Muggles). The studio brings to life the journey of ‘the boy who lived’. Here you’ll find all the sets where the movies were shot, the costumes worn by the characters and the numerous props used in the movie- from Nimbus 2000 to the Sorting Hat. You can even get an insight on how the special effects for the movies were designed and used. The tour involves a visit to the set of 4 Privet Drive, the street address of the Dursleys, where the famous cupboard under the stairs is located, the Diagon Alley and Dumbledore’s office to name a few. One can also pretend to run into the wall at platform 9 ¾ or simply catch the Hogwarts Express.

How to get there- Nearest Railway Station is Watford Junction

Features- Visit the classrooms of Hogwarts and witness the potion jars stirring on their own.

Location- Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR, United Kingdom

Opening hours- 9:30 AM TO 8PM

Ticket prices- £47 for adults and £38 for children.

Phone number- +44 345 084 0900

Website- https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/contact-us/

Paultons Park

Paultons Park is an amusement park situated in New Forest National Park in Hampshire. Marketed as the number one Family amusement park in the UK, Paultons Park is split into four themed dimensions, namely- The Lost Kingdom, Critter creek, The world of Peppa Pig and the main park. They have eight exciting flat rides such as the ‘Sky Swinger’ which as the name suggests spins and lifts you high in the air or ‘Magma’ which is a volcanic theme spinning drop tower. Apart from roller coasters and flat rides, they also have water rides and go-karts. Peppa pig is a global phenomenon, and hence the Peppa Pig World attracts tourists from all over the world.

How to get there- Take a train to Southampton Central and the X7 bus.

Features- The junior Coaster and train Rides designed specifically for kids.

Location- Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL, United Kingdom

Nearby Places- Houdini Escape Room and Marwell Zoo

Opening Hours- 10am to 5pm (Tuesdays and Wednesdays Closed)

Ticket prices- £25.75

Phone number- +44 23 8081 4442

Website- https://paultonspark.co.uk/

Legoland

Legoland, located in Windsor, Berkshire is a children-oriented theme park in the UK which was opened in 1996. Legoland is the second most visited park in the UK and is a mix of lego themed rides and model building workshops. It is the second largest Legoland after the one in Denmark. It is divided into eleven themed parks consisting of rides, restaurants, shops and other attractions. A rockin tug ride called the ‘Destiny’s Bounty’ is kids’ favourite.

Visiting Legoland, Windsor should definitely be on the bucket list of lego fans.

How to get there– Take a train from Waterloo followed by a bus ride to Legoland

Features- One can visit the Castle Hill, Pirate shores and the Land of Adventure

Location- Windsor Resort, Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY, United Kingdom

Nearby Places- Visit the glorious Windsor Castle

Opening Hours- 10am to 5pm

Ticket prices- $95.99 for adults 

Phone number- 0371 222 2001

Website- https://www.legoland.co.uk/

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the UK. It is a host to countless awards and accolades including the ‘best brand for tourism and leisure’. Spread over 42 acres of land, it has a total of 125 rides and attractions. The mega-coaster called ‘Big One’ is a sensation among the younger generation and is described as the scariest ride on the premises. In addition to the thrilling roller-coaster rides, they also have family rides which are meant to be enjoyed by the whole family, including kids.

How to get there- One can take a direct train to Blackpool 

Features- ‘Valhalla’ is a combination of water-themed Rida and dark ride. 

Location- 525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool FY4 1EZ, United Kingdom

Nearby Places- Enjoy the UK’s favourite dish i.e Fish and Chips at Taylor’s Fish n Chips

Opening Hours- 11am to 11pm

Ticket prices- £23 for adults and £21 for children

Phone number- +44 871 222 1234

Website- https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures is located in Chessington,Greater England. In addition to a theme park the resort has a zoo, sea life and a hotel as well.The theme park is loosely styled on a range of world cultures. Major attractions include ‘Dragon’s Fury’ which is a 540m tall spinning coaster and ‘Vampire’, a type of suspended roller coaster. An elating flume water ride features two vertical drops, one into a tunnel and through a tiger mouth. In the zoo, there are more than a thousand animals for the visitors’ view. Kids can enjoy ‘Room on the Broom’ which is a magical journey with renowned illustrators showcasing their best tricks.

How to get there- The closest train station is Chessington South which is at a 10-minute walk from the park.

Features- Canopy Capers and Dragon’s Playhouse are a treat for the kids.

Location- Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE, United Kingdom

Nearby places- Go on a Skywalk Adventure or put all your brain muscles to use in ‘escape the room’

Opening hours- 10am to 6pm on most days

Ticket prices- £50 for adults and £46 for children

Phone number- +44 871 663 4477

Website- https://www.chessington.com/

Gulliver’s World, Warrington

If you are looking to visit a theme park with your kids, Gulliver’s world is the best theme park that comes to mind. It is specifically designed to attract kids aged between 2 and 13. Splash Zone, an indoor attraction situated next to the main theme park, consists of a wide range of accelerating water-based rides and slides which are just right for the kids. Blast Arena is another major indoor attraction which has become a hub of children’s birthday parties and gatherings. The Blast Arena provides the participants, a chance to take part in target ranging sessions making this Arena a must-visit for all the fortnite fans out there. For safety purposes, target vests and helmets are provided to the kids for each session.

How to get there- Take a train to Warrington Central and then take the line 17 bus to the park.

Features- The Jeep Safari and Maze of Cards offer an enjoyable experience for kids.

Location- Shackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9YZ, United Kingdom

Nearby places- All the art lovers can visit the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.

Opening Hours- 10:30am to 5pm

Ticket prices- £24

Phone number- +44 1925 444888

Website- https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/

M&Ds, Scotland theme park

M&D’s is the biggest theme park in Scotland which boasts the Giant Condor, a ride that rises up to 30m and provides amazing views of the rest of the park. This park is home to a range of roller coasters, thrill rides, water rides, Junior rides and other attractions including ‘Amazonia’ which is an indoor rainforest and contains exotic animals such as the tarantula and the poison dart frog. There are several eateries family restaurants serving mouth watering dishes.If you are tired, just go to the ‘Guiseppi’s’ and devour the delicious Italian ice creams and you will instantly feel re-energised.

How to get there- Take a train to Motherwell and line 241 bus from there.

Features- ‘White water’ is a long flume featuring two drops which are sure to give you an unforgettable adrenaline rush.

Location- Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell ML1 3RT, United Kingdom

Opening Hours- 10am to 10pm

Phone number- +44 1698 333777

Website- https://scotlandsthemepark.com/

Drayton Manor

A list of the best theme parks in the UK can never be complete without mentioning Drayton Manor. Located in Staffordshire, the park covers 281 acres of land which hosts approximately 1.5 million visitors every year. A major attraction here is the ‘shockwave’ that reaches a speed of 85km/h with four inversions: a loop, a zero gravity-roll and a double corkscrew.

How to get there- Catch the Arriva 110 bus and exit at ‘The Square’

Features- The park has its very own Thomas Land where the visitors can relive their childhood.

Location- Drayton Manor Dr, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3TW, United Kingdom

Opening hours- 10:30am to 5pm

Phone Number- +44 1827 287979

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