Top 5 Theme Parks In The UK For Families

Traveling to England has its clear benefits, from exploring historical landmarks to visiting popular London attractions. Yet one thing many tourists miss is the plethora of theme parks available in the country. With just short of 30 destinations for you to choose from, you may want to plan several visits.

Take a look at this list of the best five theme parks in England to make your choice just a little easier.

1)    Alton Towers, Staffordshire

The biggest and most-visited theme park in England is Alton Towers. With 13 individually themed areas to choose from, it’s no wonder the daily capacity is set at 28,000 visitors. Built in 1980, the park has set many records in its time including having the first double-corkscrew rollercoaster in the UK and the world’s first horizontal-flying ride in ‘Air’.

Not only are there just over 30 rides to explore, Alton Towers regularly host many events and celebrations throughout the year. This summer, they will stage a music event featuring some of the biggest names in the UK music industry such as Olly Murs, Little Mix and UK X-Factor winner James Arthur.

One day admissions are around £40 but booking online will save you 20%.


2)    Thorpe Park, Surrey

One for the thrill-seekers, Thorpe Park is the place to be for fast rides and high drops. With 12 thrill rides at the park out of a possible 26, there is more than enough fun to be found for adults at Thorpe Park.

Their latest addition to their already packed rollercoaster list ‘The Swarm’ is said to be the scariest of rides as it features a 127ft drop and just to make things worse, the two last rows face backwards the whole time. Only go if you really dare.

Adults must pay £42 for admission but online prices are cheaper. Family discounts are available.

3)    Chessington: World of Adventures, London

Perfect for the family, Chessington provides a great day out for everyone with a mix of activities ranging from fun-filled children’s rides to exciting rollercoasters. What makes the theme park stand out from the rest is that there is a zoo alongside too.

Children will have a blast at younger-aimed attractions including Bubbleworks, a bubble factory which is a prominent fixture at the park. Adults may even join in at the laser Tomb Blaster and suspended rollercoaster ‘Vampire’. Seeing wild animals at the zoo only tops off a special family outing.

Tickets are priced at £39 for the day whilst there are family and senior discounts too.

4)    LEGOLAND Windsor

Whether you’re a child or an adult, LEGO will have always been a part of your life one way or another. A unique theme park built entirely on the concept of LEGO bricks, there are themed lands from Miniland; a miniature park in Lego form to LEGO city, a small LEGO town.

What’s interesting is how close these theme parks are to each other. Why not take a family day out and visit two attractions in a day. Grab a deal with National Car Hire and within twenty minutes, you can go from Thorpe Park to LEGOLAND.

The admission fee is £43 for a day but by booking on their website, you can save money.


5)    Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

A theme park, resort and zoo rolled into one, Drayton Manor offers 33 rides including seven rollercoasters and five water rides. It is also home to Europe’s first stand-up rollercoaster ‘Shockwave’, which reaches speeds of up to 85km.

With a 4D cinema as well as their very own hotel, this theme park has it all for the whole family to enjoy. Children can even look at the 15 acres of open-space for the zoo while adults indulge in scary rides such as the backwards water drop ride ‘Apocalypse’.

Admission charges start at only £36 per day, making it the cheapest option on the list.