Theme Parks in England

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Enjoy thrills and spills at a terrific variety of fun and exhilarating theme parks across England. The below list is only a selection of some of the largest theme parks across the country.  There are numerous smaller fun fairs, water parks, farm parks and similar throughout almost every country, so, no matter where you are based, you are sure to find something fun regardless of your age!  Most larger attractions offer discounts for online bookings or groups, as well as concessions for children and senior citizens.  For some rides, height and / or weight may restrictions apply.

Lightwater Valley

To the North of Ripon in Yorkshire, Lightwater Valley has 40 attractions for all the family.  Highlights include one of Europe’s longest roller coasters, The Ultimate, a fast and thrilling jaw-dropping experience.  Whirlwind shoots riders high in the air to dizzying heights.   River Rapids hurl you along raging waters, and the mighty Black Pearl ensures laughter and giggles.  There are lovely landscaped gardens and shimmering lakes.

Flamingo Land

Set in North Yorkshire, Flamingo Land combines a theme park, zoo and holiday village, all in stunning parkland.  Extreme rides include Kumali, which races around the track, goes through four inversions and suspends riders 75 feet in the air over the lake, Velocity, which, as the name suggests is a high speed ride, and the soaring stone age themed Pterodactyl.  Suitable for all the family, wind along on the Lost River Ride, be amazed in the 4D cinema, and battle it out on the Dodgems.  Enjoy views from the cable cars and monorail.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Near Blackpool’s waterfront and a short walk from the iconic Blackpool Tower, the Pleasure Beach has the option to buy an unlimited ride option, or pay per ride.  Featuring Europe’s tallest roller coaster, The Pepsi Max Big One climbs up slowly, and comes to a heart-wrenching top before thundering down the tracks.  Enjoy a wet and thrilling Viking experience in Valhalla, and be shaken around on the Wild Mouse before losing your mind on Revolution.  Ride the Big Dipper, a traditional wooden roller coaster, and sample the Grand National, which has been in operation since 1935.  For a less wild, but no less fun, time, try rides such as the River Caves, the Ghost Train and the Flying Machines.  Nickelodeon Land is great for kids.   

Gulliver’s World

In the North West’s town of Warrington, Gulliver’s World is great for younger kids.  Gully and Gilly Mouse wander the park to entertain little ones.  There are over 90 rides, shows and attractions set within different themed zones.  Wander Alice’s Wonderland and giggle at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  Transport to another time in Western World, and ride the mighty Pirate Ship in Smugglers Wharf.  Feel tiny in Lilliput Land and get wet on Water World’s log flume.  Gully Town has some slower rides, and Gully’s Cartoon Studios provide quality rest time.  Ride the Wild Mine Ride, Jeep Safari, Tomb Raiders and others in Adventure World.  Take in giant dinosaurs in The Lost World, and enjoy rides such as Dino Safari Tours and the Carousel of Evolution.  Various play areas around the park are great for kids to let off steam and release energy.  Enchanting shows captivate viewers at different times of the day.

Alton Towers

One of England’s most popular theme parks, Alton Towers can be found near Stoke on Trent.  It is a true dream for adrenalin junkies.  Not for the faint hearted, Nemesis, Air, Rita, Thirteen and the newest ride, Smiler, guarantee heart-racing moments.  Oblivion drops riders into dark depths.  Hex provides a more thoughtful experience, and Haunted Hollow ensures a few nervous laughs.  There are beautiful gardens to explore and tamer rides for younger visitors.  There are themes hotels, a water park and a spa within the complex.

Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island in Lincolnshire has a great choice of rides for all the family.  There are 5 shows to take in, including a bird show and a sea lion show, and 7 white knuckle rides.  

Fantasy Island

On the coast near Skegness, Fantasy Island is an indoor theme park, so perfect for all weathers.  A mixture of great rides and experiences guarantee magical fun for all the family.  All the latest video games can be found in The Arcade, and Europe’s largest 7 day market contains bargains galore.

Wheelgate

Wheelgate is a family focused park near Mansfield and the stunning Sherwood Forest.  Large indoor areas make it good for different weather conditions and a petting zoo will delight children.

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Geared towards younger children between 2 and 13, Gulliver’s Kingdom is in Matlock Bath.  Run by the same company as Gulliver’s World and Gulliver’s Land, there are different zones for kids to enjoy.  These include the Party House, Western World, Smugglers Wharf, Adventure Land, Lilliput Land, Lilliput Woods, Dinosaur Kingdom, Toyland, and Bourbon Street.

Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor is England’s largest family owned theme park.  It is near Tamworth in Staffordshire.  There are white knuckle rides, tamer rides for kids and those who want a little less excitement, and a large zoo spread over 15 acres and with over 100 different species from all over the world.  Thrilling rides include legends such as Shockwave and Apocalypse.  Drayton Manor is amongst the most popular theme parks in England.  

Twinlakes

Twinlakes is in Leicester.  It is an all weather attraction.  It has England’s largest indoor venture centre, and rides and attractions are spread out across different themed zones.

Pleasurewood Hills

Providing adventure and action for all, Pleasurewood Hills is in Suffolk.  There are wonderful shows with lions, parrots, sea lions, clowns and acrobats.

Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park is set in parkland in Northamptonshire.  Boat on the lake, ride the rides and wander in the countryside.

Gulliver’s Land

Part of the Gulliver’s chain, Gulliver’s Land is in Milton Keynes.  There are many rides, attractions and shows to keep all children entertained.

Legoland Windsor

One of England’s most unique theme parts, Legoland Windsor is an incredibly popular day out.  Mainly aimed at younger visitors, there are over 55 rides, shows building workshops and other attractions,  And, of course, lego! Over 50 million lego bricks have been used to create fascinating and intriguing structures all over the park.

Thorpe Park

Surrey’s popular Thorpe Park has over 25 thrill rides and attractions, making it one of England’s most exciting theme parks.  There are also smaller, slower rides, and those suitable for younger children.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures is also in Surrey.  Adventures await all, with great rides, water attractions, safari rides, shows and a zoo.  It is a popular theme park.

Others – South and West Country

There are several theme parks along the south coast, southern areas, and the areas around Devon and Cornwall. These include Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea, Harbour Park in Sussex, Paulton’s Park, with its delightful world of Peppa Pig and numerous rides in Hampshire, Adventure Wonderland in Dorset, Brean Leisure Park in Somerset, Crealy Devon, Woodlands and Milky Way, both in Devon, Crealy Cornwall, and Flambards in Cornwall.