The theme park has a large number of adrenaline fuelled thrill rides to get the pulse of even the biggest child going.
Located in the heart of Staffordshire, Alton Towers has been a venue for fun and entertainment since 1839 when the then owner, the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury opened the gardens up to the public at various times of the year. Famous in the late 1800’s for its festivals featuring balloon rides, clowns and acrobats the grounds of Alton Towers continued to draw crowds until its requisition by the Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.
After years of neglect it was finally returned to the public domain and once refurbished took on its current incarnation as a theme park. When the restyled manor house reopened it was enhanced with the building of the famous Corkscrew ride in 1980. Along with the Pirate Ship and a bobsleigh run and then a couple of years later the Black Hole roller coaster ride. Since then the park has changed out of all proportions and along with the massive theme park section, there is also a water park, conference centre, crazy golf section, health spa and two hotels.
A look at Alton Towers latest ride, Galactica
The awesome collection of roller coasters today includes Th13teen which is located on the old site of the Corkscrew, which features the first vertical free fall drop through to unexplored, dark woodland. Other, now famous excitement rides are the Nemesis, the main attraction in the Forbidden Valley section is the world’s first inverted ride, while Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop ride, is the star pull in the X-Sector a sinister futuristic government facility. Rita, a ride that accelerates its occupants to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds forms part of the Dark Forest area along with the thrilling Th13teen ride.
The two hotels on site are the classically decorated and eccentric Alton Towers Hotel which was opened in 1996 and along with the Secret Garden Restaurant has two bars that surround the ship centrepiece, which is used as a stage for entertainment events. The Splash Landings Hotel, opened in 2003 has an exotic Caribbean theme and is attached to the water park. There is a buffet restaurant and bar here that over look the water parks entertainments.
The water world area is partly indoors and part outside and is comprised of tropical water themed rides and entertainments. Along with several speedy water slides, there is the lazy river ride and the tipping buckets. For those wishing some time away from the rides there is still a large array of beautifully maintained mature gardens around which you can wander, as visitors have for nearly 200 years.