With thrilling rollercoasters and vertical drops, England has some decent theme parks to choose from but what are the best theme parks in England? Today, we share the top theme parks, their best rides and tips for visiting; so that you can plan your next fun-filled day out with ease.
Thorpe Park, Surrey
Arguable the best theme park in England for those that love rollercoasters, Thorpe park is a great option for teens and thrill-seekers. Saw – The Ride has a beyond vertical 100 degree drop whilst Stealth goes from 0 to 130kph in 1.9 seconds. Plus, you can experience The Walking Dead or Derren Brown’s Ghost Train ride if you’re looking for something spooky.
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
This popular theme park has a wide range of rides for all visitors; perfect for those looking for the best theme park on their adrenaline junkie bucket list. The height restriction in the area, has led to the park’s rides being creatively built into the landscape whilst new rides such as The Wicker Man and Galactica are excellently themed. Younger children can enjoy the CBeebies land, full of rides and attractions aimed at pre-school age.
Wanting to stop for a bite to eat? Why not head to the Rollercoaster Restaurant and watch your food arrive after a ride on a mini coaster.
You may also enjoy the different accommodation options here. The Enchanted Village is home to whimsical wooden houses or tree houses whilst the two resort hotels offer themed rooms decorated with ice or games.
Tickets start at £34 but discounts are available online.
Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey
Chessington is the perfect theme park for those with young children. With The Gruffalo Riverboat, Pandamonium and over 40 rides and attractions, there is plenty of activities to keep your family busy. One of the best aspects of Chessington is the zoo – with a wide range of exotic animals and underwater creatures.
Book your tickets in advance from £25.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
Home to the UK’s first double-launch coaster ‘ICON’, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the perfect place for those looking for something a little bit different. The tallest structure in the UK can be found here; The Big One whilst The Big Dipper and the Grand National are wooden coasters that have been around since the 1930s.
Children can head to Nickelodeon Land to enjoy the Fairy World Taxi Spain and SpongeBob’s Splash Bash.
Wristbands start at £32 for adults but you can save money if you book tickets in advance online.
If you are younger children, this is the park for you. This theme park has involved over the years, to more than just lego looking coasters – with toys, movies and video game themed rides and attractions, there is a lot going on here. The park is split into twelve lands and there are plenty affordable restaurants too.
Even if you are a little too old for the rides, you ca still enjoy the Lego created Miniland. The park has recreated famous monuments of the world, using over 40 million lego blocks to do so. The monuments include the Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Loch Ness, the Crown Jewels and even a Boeing 747.
The Legoland Resort Hotel is a great option for those looking to stay the night. The themed accommodation is a cheerful and fun hotel, with themed rooms including Pirate and Adventure rooms, plus a supply of lego blocks to play with during your trip. Alternatively, your family may enjoy a stay at the Legoland Castle Hotel, with rooms inspired by Knights, wizards and magical kingdoms from distant lands.
Tickets start at £26 but discounted vouchers can be found online.
Paultons Park, Hampshire
Known as the home of Peppa Pig, Paultons Park is a family favourite in the UK. Not far from Southampton, this park has more than just the pink pig – it also has four acres of Jurassic landscape, two-family rollercoasters, a play park and a jeep exhibition; making up the Lost Kingdom.
Tickets cost around £35.75 whilst children under 1m tall go free.
Drayton Manor, Straffordshire
Home to Europes only stand up coaster ‘The Shockwave’, Drayton Manor is often overlooked . It is smaller than others in the UK but is home to Thomas the Tank Engine and many family-friendly attractions.
Book your tickets in advance from £28.50.
Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire
With over 129 creatures here (of course, including flamingos), this park has a natural feel to it. Don’t let that fool you know – there are some extreme rides such as Pteodactyl and Mumbo Jump alongside tamer attractions such as Splash Battle and Twistosaurus.
Tickets start at £33, you can book tickets in advance online.
Warner Bros Studio Tour, London
Not technically a theme park (there are no actual rides) but The Making of Harry Potter tour is a fun, interesting and exciting way to spend a day with the family. Here, you can expect authentic props, incredible sets and original costumes from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Make sure you climb aboard the Hogwarts Express, watch the dragon being released at Gringotts and brace the Forbidden Forest.
A massive plus to this park is that it is open all year, with hours ranging from 10 to 13 hours a day.
Depending on your tour, prices vary but generally start at £47 per adult and £38 for per child. Pre-book your tickets in advance because this studio tour gets super busy.
Home to the oldest rollercoaster in the UK, Dreamland Margate is known as a vintage theme park. Head to this park if you want to ride the classics – the Big Wheel. Chair-o-plane and Austin Cars are some favourites!
Children can also enjoy the Octopus Garden – an indoor children’s play zone complete with beach huts, grassy hills, circus tent, climbing frames, sand pits and even an arts & crafts shed.
Couples and friends can enjoy the Roller Room; a retro roller disco complete with pumping music and Roller Diner for some nibbles.
Dreamland is free to enter with unlimited ride wristbands costing just £8.25 when you book online. Or you can opt for the Pay As You Go card from £5.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London
This festive theme park is perhaps one of my favourite thee parks in England but unfortunately, it only runs for 6 weeks. On the lead up to Christmas, London’s Hyde Park transforms into Winter Wonderland; a place full of icy attractions and sparkling lights.
You can expect to find a range rides here, from coasters to haunted rides, fun houses to carousels. The Wonderland also houses a Christmas market full of decorations, toys, cards and gifts. You can even enjoy ice skating and a whole host of festive food – the baileys hot chocolate is a must!
Winter Wonderland Typically runs from mid-November through to the first week of January. It will return to Hyde Park in November 2021.
Entrance to the park is free with rides and attractions being paid separately.
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
Again, not technically a theme park but still worth a place on this list. This medieval castle is full of history and new attractions make it an adventure for all ages. The castle has introduced the UK’s first fully-interactive multi-sensory maze. The maze is inspired by Horrible Histories, bring the castles past to life in a fascinating and exciting way.
Tickets start at £31 and include tours of the castle itself.
New Forest Water Park, Hampshire
This park is the UK’s first outdoor aqua park complete with monkey bars, hurdles and a lifeguard tower. Based on Total Wipeout, you can fight your way through this assault course on water – try to fall off!
Tickets cost £15 for a one-hour.
Gulliver’s World, Warrington
This family-run theme park is decided for children under the age of 13, with play areas and attractions catered to this younger age group. The park also hosts themed sleepovers which re great fun for the whole family whilst the park is a magical place to visit at Christmas time.
Adults and children tickets both start at £17.95.
We hope you have a great time no matter which park you visit – let us know your favourite park in the comments below.