Get the most out of our trip to Britain's second most popular theme park with these top tips. You can stay ahead of the crowds, beat the queues and enjoy effortless days out when you visit Alton Towers when you remember the following:
Buy your tickets for Alton Towers in advance of arriving to take advantage of special discounts and deals. For instance, booking five days in advance will offer you savings of up to £20. If you're visiting on multiple days, consider purchasing a season pass, which allows you to return for free on as many occasions as you like.
Alton Towers is well connected with public transport. The three closest railway stations are Stoke-On-Trent, Uttoxeter and Derby. Bus services will shuttle you from the train station to the park. The X52 bus departs daily from Nottingham and Derby. If arriving by car, use the postcode ST0 4DB.
Since much of the park is outside, weather appropriate clothing is key; suncream in summer and rain gear in winter. A spare phone charger is also a good idea. There are lockers throughout the park where you can leave items.
When visiting Alton Towers, you'll find yourself in the Peak District, where the dramatic landscapes are generally considered to be one of the UK's most picturesque. Enjoy scenic walks through the National Trust protected Ilam Park, or Dimmingsdale Nature Preserve, or stop in at any of the following attractions:
Experience riding through the spectacular British countryside on board a steam train. Themed events and special dinners on board the trains add extra dynamism to this thrilling experience.
Watch live demonstrations of traditional pottery spinning, and test your own skills at this interactive museum showcasing the local pottery industry.
One of the largest bouldering centres in England boasts nearly a thousand square metres of surfaces for you to navigate. Challenge yourself with overhangs or enjoy child-friendly walls.