Advantages Some fantastic rides, friendly staff
Disadvantages Bit pricey
|Is it worth visiting?|
-----TRAVEL BY CAR-----
Alton Towers is clearly signposted from the following motorways:
Travelling North M1 - Junction 23a or M6 - Junction 15
Travelling South M1 - Junction 28 or M6 - Junction 16
-----TRAVEL BY RAIL-----
In order to get to the Towers by rail, you simply have to get to Stoke-on-Trent train station. There is then a bus that leaves around 10am to go to the park.
** From the North - best way is to get a direct train to Stoke from Manchester Piccadilly. There are also trains that go from Crewe etc.
** From the South - Virgin Trains have a direct train that goes through Stoke to get to Manchester Piccadilly, this leaves from London Euston.
** Adults (12 or over): £28
** Childen (4-11yrs): £21
** Children (under 4): FREE
** Disabled Visitors: £14
** Seniors: £14
You can also get saver tickets that include travel. You just have to have a look around for these deals if they are around...I know for a fact that there have been several that involve travel to and from London.-----OPENING TIMES-----
The theme park opens from 9.30am daily. Rides open from 10am. Closing times vary from 5pm onwards depending on the time of year.-----SPECIAL EVENTS-----
** Daily Carnival - 12th march - 30th October 2005
Different themed carinivals...
** Scooby Doo Magical mystery Tour - 18th July - 31st August 2005
Scooby and Shaggy visit Alton Towers! Help solve the mystery of the haunted 3d cinema or take the mystery tour around the towers hearing ghostly tales as you go!
** Fireworks Spectacular - ??
There's usually a huge, rather impressive fireworks display around the beginning of November, but this hasn't been announced yet as far as I can see
-----RIDES (for the adrennaline rush...)-----
Here we go, the reason you are going to the towers, the rides! Here's the lowdown on whats hot at Alton Towers.
Ever wanted to fly? This is the closest you'll get to it! Strapped very tightly into your seat (you get to try the seat out at the entrance to the ride just in case you don't fancy it...) you are then tilted onto your front, so you are face down. Air then flys you around the track, throws you around so all you can see is the sky then the ground (as well as the feet of the person in front of you!) Fly away.... RANK: 2nd
Don't...look...down. This one is legendary, the vertical rollercoaster. A large carriage with two long rows of seats, takes you to the top of a a 200-foot drop, tips you over the edge....pauses....the throws you down into a dark hole full of smoke at 4.5G. Not one for the faint hearted, although it is over quite quickly and you safely emerge on the other end of the tunnel. RANK: 4th
** The Flume
A basic log flume, with boats in the shape of bathtubs (sponsered by Imperial Leather, go figure) Has two or three drops, the large one being at the end. You will get soaked on this one, no doubt about it... RANK: 13th
-----RIDES (a brief glance at the rest...)-----** Hex
A rollercoaster which spins as it goes along. Don't do this one straight after lunch!
As for the rest...go find out for yourself! NOTE: The Black Hole has been closed. Noooooo!-----QUEUE TIMES-----
There are many places to eat across the park, with most Fast Food places operating (McD's, KFC, Pizza Hut etc) and other places selling a variety of foods, snack shacks, sweet shops, even asian cuisine! What I would say though, is that if you're not made of money, take a packed lunch. Prices in the park for food are ridiculous.
Ride photos are available. I think for something like £4.99 for a photo. You can get a package for 5 ride photos that will end up being a bit cheaper overall if you want momentos of your time at the Towers.
Alton Towers hosts two hotels, one being the Alton Towers Hotel, the other being Splash Landings hotel ("a relaxed Caribbean village, on the shores of one of Europe's top indoor waterparks")
See the Alton Towers webpage for more details. You may get somewhere cheaper around Stoke-on-Trent though! If travelling via Stoke-on-Trent station, the nearest hotel to the station is 'North Staffs Hotel', which is actually directly opposite the station.
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