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Every day out should have fun, laughter, and excitement, and where better to get it than at the UK’s biggest theme park? Alton Towers is packed full of rides and activities that people of all ages can enjoy, from the infamous Nemesis Inferno and Oblivion to the family-friendly Gansta Granny: The Ride.

Luckily, it’s easy to catch a train to Alton Towers and experience all the thrills and spills it has to offer. Here’s everything you can expect to find when you’re there. 

People screaming on Rita roller coaster at Alton Towers

Alton Towers Rides

Ask any thrill seeker what the best rides are in the UK, and Nemesis and Oblivion will likely be high on the list. They’re two of the most iconic roller coasters in the country, having served park-goers with white-knuckle thrills for the better part of two decades. With Nemesis, you’ll experience G-Forces of up to 3.5 and speeds of 50mph as its 250 tonnes of tangled steel spin and loop you into roller coaster heaven. Oblivion was the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster, taking you on a vertical 180-foot drop.

People riding on Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers

For even more thrills and spills, head over to Wicker Man to experience the UK’s first wooden roller coaster built in over 20 years, blending old-school technology with modern special effects for the first time. The Smiler might sound like a bag of fun, but the world’s first 14-loop rollercoaster will leave you with much more than a smirk on your face. Travel at speeds of 85km/h with a G-Force of 4.5 – if you dare.

No theme park is complete without a water ride, and Alton Towers has just what you need to cool off from the thrills of Nemesis, Oblivion, and the like. Congo River Rapids takes you on an adventure through the Katanga Canyon, with whirls and swirls around every corner. Suitable for all ages, make sure everyone has on their poncho – you’re guaranteed to get soaked.

A group of people riding on the Congo River Rapids at Alton Towers 

New to the park is Gansta Granny: The Ride, a family-friendly experience which sends you a on a mission to pull off an extravagant heist that could only have been imagined in the David Walliams children’s books. Live and breathe more of the author’s magical worlds in The Royal Carousel, Raj’s Shop, and Raj’s Bottom Burp – great fun for the whole family.

Smaller children will find all the excitement they need in CBeedbies Land. It’s home to 14 rides perfect for the family, including Peter Rabbit Hippity Hop and the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure. Wandering around, they might even meet characters from some of their favourite CBeebies shows, bringing the magic to life. 

Children and their parents riding on Runaway Mine Train at Alton Towers

Alton Towers Restaurants and Shops

All that fun and excitement can be exhausting. Luckily, Alton Towers has a selection of restaurants to eat and drink in, cafes to rest in, and shops to buy souvenirs in.

Rollercoaster Restaurant – a UK first – is set below one of the theme park’s roller coasters, so you can enjoy your meal whilst watching others tackle one of the country’s most thrilling rides. With grills, pizza and pasta buffets, burger joints, and chicken restaurants, you’ll spend more time deciding where to eat than actually eating.

If you want that special souvenir to remind you of the time you tackled some of the UK’s biggest roller coasters, look no further than Towers Trading Co. Kids can also celebrate their favourite CBeebies friends in Little Explorers Toy Box, packed full of exclusive items from the channel’s shows.

Alton Towers Activities

Alton Towers isn’t just a place to take on your favourite rides; there’s an abundance of activities to enjoy with the whole family.

The water park is one of the best in the UK. There are water cannons, wheels, and geysers around every corner, and the Wacky Waterworks is as crazy as it sounds. Alton Towers Waterpark is the perfect add-on for a weekend away at the theme park. When you’re finished in the water park, head over to the Alton Towers Spa for a range of therapies and treatments – available all year round.

With events running all year round, from the Halloween-inspired Scarefest to the magical Christmas escapes, you’re guaranteed to find something for the whole family to enjoy whenever you visit.

Trains to Alton Towers

At just 10 miles away, the closest train station to Alton Towers is Uttoxeter station. From there, it’s a 30-minute bus directly to the park (on the X41 bus). Uttoxeter can be reached by train from major train stations, including Birmingham New Street and Newcastle upon Tyne. 

The park is also close to some of the UK’s biggest train stations, including Stoke-on-TrentNottingham, and Derby. There are four buses running daily from Stoke-on-Trent to Alton Towers, with one daily from Nottingham and Derby. 

The easiest and most cost-effective way to book your train tickets to Alton Towers is via our website or Train Tickets app. Purchasing a ticket online 15 minutes or more before departure can even save you money. We may also have offers running, so be sure to check our special offers page. 

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