Top 10 Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In England

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Right from teacups to thrilling roller coaster rides, there are many theme parks and amusement parks for people of all ages. These parks are especially popular during the summer when even English kids have their school holidays. Especially when keeping the kids busy when school is out is a herculean task, these parks will come to your rescue. Continue reading below to know more about the top theme parks and amusement parks in England, if you are planning to visit the county. The comprehensive list will help you decide which ones to pick for your family that is seeking a thrilling and adventurous time out.

1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Enjoy a thrilling day out at this theme park, which is known as one of England’s best. This theme park is located on the Fylde coast in Blackpool. This park is known as one of the most visited tourist attractions in the whole of the United Kingdom. There are many large roller coasters in the park. Some of the well-known ones are the Big Dipper, the Blue Flyer, Nickelodeon Streak and the Grand National. With over 125 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone of all ages.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Address: Ocean Boulevard, Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1EZ

Website: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Opening hours: Everyday, 11 am - 5 pm

Price: 30 USD onwards

2. Lightwater Valley Theme Park

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The Lightwater Valley Theme Park is a mid-sized one with more than 35 rides which appeal to people of all ages. The highlight of this park is the signature ride known as The Ultimate. Here, one goes through 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of speed and air time. This ride has the name of being the longest roller coaster in the whole of Europe. There are also many other fun rides suited for the family along with attractions. If you have kids under eight years of age, an ideal place to visit is the indoor soft play & cafe. Want some fun splashing around? Then, enjoy the Wild River Rapid.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Address: Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT, UK

Website: Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Opening hours: Everyday from 10 am - 6 pm

Price : Over 1 metre (3.2 feet): 31 USD; between 1 metre - 1.3 metres (3.3 - 4.2 feet): 20 USD; Under 1 metre (3.2 feet): 13 USD; Under 3’s: Free

3. Drayton Manor Theme Park

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Visit the Drayton Manor Theme Park and create fun-filled family memories. Known as the home of Thomas Land, this theme park offers people of all ages a day of thrills. Whether you are looking for a family ride or some adrenaline pumping activity, there are many other rides to suit your needs. Try rides like The Carousel, Bounty Pirate Ship and others like the Air Race and Shockwave. There is a zoo inside the premises for those seeking a slower paced activity. Wander around the 15-acre (6.1 hectares) zoo and meet many animals like meerkats and tigers. With more than 25 rides here, kids will especially love Thomas Land. Other favourites include Toby’s Tram Express, Cranky Crane and Harold Helicopter Tours. This theme park also has an onsite hotel which is home to 150 bedrooms.

Drayton Manor Theme Park

Address: Drayton Manor Dr, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3TW, UK

Website: Drayton Manor Theme Park

Opening hours : 10 am - 5 pm

Price : 10 USD onwards

4. Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World

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This is the world’s first Peppa Pig attraction which is located in Hampshire, England. Here, one can enjoy more than 70 awesome rides and attractions which are all included in the ticket price. The young ones will be spoilt for choice as they fully explore almost three acres of fully themed fun! Highlights in this park include the Queen’s Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club. There are also new Peppa friends that young ones can meet. Highly family friendly, parents will be delighted to know that they can use the dedicated baby care centre as well as a catering outlet. Do also visit Peppa’s Toy Shop, known as the largest Peppa Pig shop in the world.

Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World

Address: Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL, UK

Website: Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World

Opening hours: Monday & Friday: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Price : Children over 1 metre (3.2 feet) and adults (online & gate): 34 USD & 40 USD; children under 1 metre (3.2 feet): free

5. Crealy Theme Park & Resort

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Crealy Adventure park & resort has been voted as the best ‘Family Attraction of the year’ in Southwest England. This park is home to more than 60 rides and attractions, interactive and interesting live shows and a zoo. It is located outside of Exeter and consists of other facilities like a large lodge, camping plus glamping park and other leisure facilities. There is also a large indoor area which will allow endless hours of fun especially during a rainy day.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Address: Sidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR, UK

Website: Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Opening hours: Friday 11 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10.30 am - 5 pm; Monday - Thursday 11 am - 4.30 pm

Price : About 9 USD

6. Flamingo Land Resort

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Flamingo Land Resort is a zoo, theme park and a resort, all combined into one. Some of the major attractions here include Hero, which is a suspended flying roller coaster. Another highlight in this theme park is the Pterodactyl, a vertical swing which is built in the new Dino-Stone Park. There is also a zoo within the resort and is home to more than 1000 animals like the Brazilian tapirs, hippos and baboons. There are more than 50 rides and attractions in the park and cater to all ages. The young ones will especially enjoy spending time at Children’s Planet, an interactive play area for them to run about and climb.

Flamingo Land Resort

Address: Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX, UK

Website: Flamingo Land Resort

Opening hours: 10 am - 4 pm

Price: 36 USD onwards

7. Gulliver's World Theme Park

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Gulliver’s World Theme Park is specially designed for families to have a great time out with lots of thrills and laughter. With several rides in store for kids aged two to 13, people of all ages will have a great time. If you book your tickets at least two days prior to visiting the park, you can enjoy special discounts. Come in for an enchanting time and step into fantasy worlds like Alice’s Wonderland. With your kids, take a spin in the Mad Hatter’s Teacups or sit on a mini caterpillar roller coaster ride. Enjoy value for money day out at Gulliver’s World Theme Park.

Gulliver's World Theme Park


Website: Gulliver’s World Theme Park

Opening hours: 10:30 am - 4 pm

Price: Adult (online): 19.70 USD; adult (gate): 28 USD; child (online): 19.70 USD; child (gate): 28 USD; senior (online): 18 USD; senior (gate): 26 USD; concession (online & gate): 14 USD; Under 90 cm: free

8. Thorpe Park Resort

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Thorpe Park is a theme park that is situated between Chertsey and Staines-upon-Thames. This theme park is regarded as one of the most major parks in the country. There are many major attractions in the theme park, including a range of roller coasters like Colossus and Nemesis Inferno. There is also a relaxing water ride known as the Tidal Wave. Run free at this theme without worrying about having to get back. There are also many resorts outside the theme park complex.

Thorpe Park Resort

Address: Staines Road, Chertsey KT16 8PN, England

Website: Thorpe Park Resort

Opening hours: April onwards 10 am - 6 pm/ 10 am - 5 pm (check website for timings)

Price : 43 USD onwards

9. Alton Towers (from USD 49.0)

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Alton Towers is an ideal theme park that is set to entertain people of all ages. Even families with toddlers will find something in here that will entertain the tots. Bold adults and teenagers may want to try out extremely thrilling rides like Rita and Oblivion. Escape from your real lives and come into this fantasy world where it is said the fun never stops. The whole family can enjoy rides like X-Sector, Forbidden Valley and the Katanga Canyon. For the little tots, CBeebies Land is the area to be in. They will get the chance to see Furchester Hotel live, something they will absolutely adore. At the end of a long day out exploring the park. relax by taking the ‘In the Night Garden’ magical boat ride.

Alton Towers Resort 2 Day Admission

10. Legoland Windsor Resort (from USD 44.0)

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Legoland Windsor Resort is a children’s paradise and is a theme park which is best suited for kids aged 3 to 12. Enter the world of adventure and also experience the chance to stay at the new Legoland Windsor Resort. There are more than 55 interactive rides and attractions, with opportunities to enjoy live shows and many more. In this fascinating world of adventure and flying through the treetops to riding the rapids which provide many thrills. With so much to see and do for kids and adults, Legoland Windsor Resort is the place to be.

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort 2 Day Admission Ticket

Get some thrill

While in England, take a day off sightseeing to have some pure fun and thrilling adventures. Book any of the adventure theme parks above for a fantastic vacation with your family.

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