The best UK theme parks
Thorpe Park is one of the UK’s biggest theme parks, they’ve got five of the fastest roller coasters on our shores, more than 30 rides and attractions in total, and live events including a ‘Fight Night’ on Halloween and adults-only party nights from Ministry of Sound. Plus, you can get a train straight out of Waterloo, making for a hair-raising day out not too far from London.
Slightly further from London, Alton Towers is another mainstay of the UK theme park scene. With more than 35 onsite attractions and rides, there’s something for every adrenal appetite – from the tummy-twisting ‘Oblivion’ rollercoaster (clocking up a cool 110kph) to rides of a more family-friendly bent, such as the ‘Battle Galleons’ a swashbuckling, water drenching experience.
More than 40 rides and attractions, as well as an onsite zoo and SeaLife Centre with hundreds of exotic animals and fish, Chessington World of Adventures is well and truly a family-friendly day out. There are some pretty sizable rollercoasters too, with rides like ‘Rameses Revenge’ and the ‘Gruffalo River Ride’, as well as options to ‘glamp’ over the summer if you fancy some posh camping.
Famously suitable for anyone between the ages of 4 and 99+, Legoland Windsor is as fun as the blocks themselves. The park consists of millions of Lego bricks, a smattering of child-friendly rides and a Fiat driving school, for when driving on the M25 just isn’t exciting enough. You can also spend the night in the Legoland Hotel right in the centre of the park. Bet you’re bricking it with excitement now?