Are you a fan of roller coasters and thrills? Hang on tight because this article is for you, it brings together the best amusement parks in the UK.
LEGOLAND – BERKSHIRE
Here you will find the Lego Nexo Knights which is one of the best attractions in the park. The immersive 4D animated adventure that uses wind, water and smoke to bring the battle around you to life. You will also find the Death Star in Lego of 500,000 copies which is one of the most impressive representations.
Many of the rides are not limited in height which will give you the opportunity to try as many as possible at any age.
Prices: From £32, under 3s are free.
Transport: Direct from London from Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside.
BLACKPOOL PLEASURE BEACH – LANCASHIRE
This park is made up of 125 rides and attractions at the end of the Blackpool Promenade, you will find the steel mega roller coaster Big One, Nickelodeon Land, the Wallace & Gromit ride, Thrill-O-Matic and ICON which is a roller coaster that runs through the Big One.
Prices: Wristbands for adults from £19.50, children under 2 are free. You can also get a Pleasure Beach Pass for £6, which will give you access to the park and several other attractions plus a show.
Transport: You can take the London train from Euston Station to Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s station, which takes about 3 hours.
WARWICK CASTLE – WARWICKSHIRE
While not officially an amusement park, this medieval castle offers history, magic, myths and adventures for all ages. It is home to the UK’s first multi-sensory, interactive maze of horrific stories that will allow you to experience something out of the ordinary by getting lost in time. The aim is to reorganize the mess that Rattus Rattus has made of time. You will also be able to sleep on site and access other activities.
Prices: From £31, under 3s are free.
Transport: Accessible from Marylebone to Warwick station.
CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES – SURREY
You can find the Gruffalo Riverboat as well as the Pandamonium and more than 40 rides and attractions. You can also try the “Trail of the Kings” which is an adventure in which you search for treasures while walking among the giants of the jungle.
Prices: From £29, children under 3 years old are free.
Transport: 35 minutes by train from London from Waterloo station.
DRAYTON MANOR – STAFFORDSHIRE
Travel through beautiful gardens with all kinds of animals. In this park, you will find the only Thomas Land in Europe that has been enlarged with new rides. Russian Mountains, 54-metre high tower, Apocalypse, enough to put you to the test.
Prices: Adults from £15, children from £10, children under 2 free.
Transport: You can take the underground and overground to Tamworth station.
ALTON TOWERS – STAFFORDSHIRE
You will find Nemesis, Rita & Oblivion and also Galactica a roller coaster with integrated virtual reality. But also Wicker Man is a 57-meter high rollercoaster and you can eat in the first rollercoaster restaurant in the UK.
Prices: Adults from £33.00; children from 3 to 11 years from £27.50; under 3 years free.
Transport: You can take the train from London to Euston in the direction of Uttoxeter.
GULLIVER’S WORLD – WARRINGTON
Family theme park designed especially for children aged 2 to 13 years old with more than 80 rides. Attractions such as the Ghost House, the Pirate Playground and the Amazon.
Prices: Adults and children from £17.95, reduced rates £14.95; under 90cm free.
Transport: You can take a London train from Euston Station to Warrington, which takes about 2 hours.
PAULTONS PARK – HAMPSHIRE
It is an immersive theme park on dinosaurs. It is located in a Jurassic landscape park and includes two family rides, rides on the Jurassic theme and an adventure playground on dinosaurs as well as a Jurassic Jeep expedition. You will also find the Peppa Pig World for children and Little Africa.
Prices: From £29.25 for people over 1 metre tall, those under 1 metre tall are free.
Transport: You can take a train from London Waterloo station to Central Southampton.
M&D’S – LANARKSHIRE
It is Scotland’s largest amusement park, with the Giant Condor, a 30-metre-high merry-go-round offering stunning views over the rest of the park, Strathclyde Park and Lanarkshire. There are also attractions such as Tsunami, Scotland’s only inverted roller coaster, Tornado, Big Apple and the Runaway Mine roller coaster.
Prices: From £10, under 3s are free.
Transport: You will need to fly from London to Scotland.
NEW FOREST WATER PARK – HAMPSHIRE
The UK’s first open-air water park with several attractions including hedges, wobble bridges, water, lifeguards and more. The best known is the Total Wipeout. The park also offers camping facilities, a clubhouse and activities such as kayaking.
Prices: From £15 for a one-hour session.
Transport: You can take a London train from Waterloo station, which takes about 2 hours 30 minutes.
THORPE PARK – SURREY
Here you will find some of the highest and fastest routes in Europe, the best known of which is Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, a 15-minute journey with action, 4D special effects and large-scale illusion.
Prices: Adults from £33, children from £23.99.
Transport: You can take a train from Waterloo station and stop at Staines station.
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Written by: Lisa Lambert; Staff Writer