Alton Towers

Roller Coaster
Address: Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB, United Kingdom
Duration: 5-6 hours
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A theme park and resort complex located in Staffordshire, England, Alton Towers is amongst the most visited tourist attractions in the country. It features a theme park, a water park, a hotel complex, and a mini-golf course, all showcasing classic British architecture and plenty of natural beauty. The fantastic theme park houses numerous exciting attractions and rides including The Smiler, Congo River Rapids, Runaway Mine Train, and Galactica amongst many others. Alton Towers operates 10 thrilling roller coasts and a host of other fantastic attractions, along with a fabulous range of accommodation options, making it a favourite destination to visit for all age groups.


Alton Towers is officially the biggest theme park in the UK and houses an excellent collection of rides and attractions suited for the whole family. From breathtaking roller coasters for adrenaline-junkies including Wicker Man, Nemesis, The Smiler, Oblivion, and Galactica to family-friendly attractions like the UK's only CBeebies Land and many others.

  • Featuring over 40 rides and attractions, Alton Towers is the perfect day out for the entire family with something for all age groups to enjoy.
  • Alton Towers also hosts special events throughout the year including, a season-ending fireworks display and the Alton Towers Scarefest during Halloween.
  • Travel around the theme park via the exciting SkyRide cable car system and enjoy breathtaking views of the theme park zones and the beautiful gardens.
  • A new event, the Alton Towers Oktoberfest is scheduled for the weekends during late September and early October and is set to feature themed food and drink, entertainment options, and extended evening hours with selected rides open.
  • Planning an extended Alton Towers vacation? Stay at one of the many options at Alton Towers including Splash Landings Hotel, Alton Towers Hotel, Enchanted Village, the innovative Stargazing Pods, and the UK's only CBeebies Land Hotel.

Explore Alton Towers

Alton Towers boasts 11 themed lands featuring unique rides and attractions. The zones feature roller coaster rides and other attractions designed for different age groups and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Apart from rides and attractions, Alton Tower also hosts exciting live shows and other fun events all year round.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Theme Park

Theme Park

Home to over 50 rides and attractions spread across 11 themed lands, the Alton Towers theme park is the biggest in the UK. Some of the standout rides are Oblivion, which is the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster that will get your adrenaline pumping, Wicker Man, the first roller coaster experience bringing together elements of fire and wood, and Galactica, where you can experience the feeling of being weightless. All the rides and attractions feature top-notch special effects for safe and innovative experiences.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District CBeebies Land

CBeebies Land

One of the biggest highlights of Alton Towers is the special CBeebies Land. Based on the iconic BBC children's channel, this latest addition to the theme park opened in 2014. The themed area includes live shows, rides, and interactive experiences, all themed around characters and programs from CBeebies including Postman Pat, In the Night Garden, and many others catering exclusively to all little explorers.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Waterpark


It’s not all roller coasters and other land-based rides at Alton Towers! You can also have plenty of fun at the Alton Towers Waterpark. Formerly known as Cariba Creek, the water park opened in 2003 and features 10 water slides and 7 pools. From a giant tipping bucket to several thrilling water rides, the Alton Towers Waterpark is perfect for a fun summer day slash. If you’re looking to relax after a tiring time at the theme park, the lazy river is the perfect spot for you.

Things To Do Alton Towers

Alton Towers has been designed to be much more than a regular theme park and offers guests a lot more than just roller coasters and rides. Fancy hotels and accommodation, an in-house spa, dining and shopping avenues, shows and events, and even a mini-golf course are just some of the things you can do at Alton Towers.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Rides


Alton Towers is home to some of the most thrilling rides and attractions designed for the whole family. Each ride in the theme park is unique and offers guests a fresh new experience that’s hard to replicate elsewhere. Some of the most popular rides at Alton Towers are Oblivion, Gangsta Granny: The Ride, The Wicker Man, Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure, Nemesis, Thirteen, Runaway Mine Train, Duel: The Haunted House Strikes Back, and many others.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Alton Towers Spa

Alton Towers Spa

Ever wondered what a spa in a theme park would feel like? Head on over to Alton Towers Spa and experience relaxation at its very best. A part of the Alton Towers Hotel, the Alton Towers Spa opened in 2004. Featuring beautiful and functional treatment and relaxation rooms along with an adults-only pool, the Alton Towers Spa is a must-visit. The best part? You don’t need to be staying at the Alton Towers Hotel to utilize the spa!

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Extraordinary Golf

Extraordinary Golf

Alton Towers truly has something for everyone and, a prime example of that is the in-house mini-golf course. The Extraordinary Golf mini-golf attraction is built based on the different rides and attractions located inside Alton Towers, creating a wacky and wild effect for visitors to experience. Located to the west of the Splash Landings Hotel, Extraordinary Golf underwent renovation in 2016 and now includes a Galactica-themed hole.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Shows & Events

Shows & Events

To make your time at the theme park truly memorable, Alton Towers hosts an array of experiences throughout the year, including Scarefest, Fireworks, and Christmas. Alton Towers also houses a variety of live shows in the CBeebies Land for the whole family to enjoy. Some of the recurring shows are Teletubbies Big Band Show, Bing’s Picnic, The Furchester Hotel Live, Mr Bloom’s Allotment, and Hey Duggee Live. 

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Shopping


Your trip to any theme park is incomplete without shopping for souvenirs and gifts that’ll remind you of the memorable time you spent with your loved ones. Alton Towers is home to numerous souvenir shops including, Little Explorers Toy Box in CBeebies Land, Galactica Store, Sharkbait Reef Shoppe, Katanga Cargo Shop, Spook R Us, and others. Each of these shops is themed around specific rides and attractions, making them unique and interesting.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Dining


From classic American dishes to authentic Chinese and Italian cuisines - there is something for everyone at Alton Towers. Head down to Woodcutters Bar & Grill, Explorers Pizza Pasta Buffet, The Burger Kitchen, Rollercoaster Restaurant or Just Chicken for a hearty meal. Visit the Coffee Lounge, Welcome-Inn or Courtyard Hot Dogs if you're craving for a quick bite! You can also visit the CBeebies-themed Little Explorers Lunch Box for delectable and fun food.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Hotels


All the accommodation options at Alton Towers are spectacularly unique and are unlike any other hotel or resort, you’ve stayed at before. Choose from the fabulous fully themed Alton Towers Hotel, Stargazing Pods, Enchanted Village, UK's only CBeebies Land Hotel, and Splash Landings Hotel. Alternatively, there are plenty of other great options nearby Alton Towers, including Hilton Garden Inn, Best Western Moat House Hotel, and many more for you to relax.

Know Before You Visit

From opening hours and location to safety guidelines and more - find out everything you need to know about Alton Towers for a hassle-free and relaxing experience.

Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Opening Hours

Alton Towers is generally open from late March to early November. The timings are as follows:

  • Mon to Fri: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sat & Sun: 10 AM - 9 PM
    Note: Closing hours may vary on certain days.

Best time to visit:

  • The best time to visit Alton Towers is during autumn as it’s not part of the peak summer tourist season and witnesses milder temperatures and longer hours of daylight, especially at the beginning of September. Avoid visiting during weekends and school holidays if you wish to escape the crowd. 

Address: Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB, United Kingdom
Parking: Standard Parking is charged at £6.00 and is a 15-20 minutes walk from the entrance. Express Parking is charged at £18.00 and is a few minutes away from the park. Disabled Parking is charged at £6.0.
Getting There:

  • Car: 
    Based on the direction you’re travelling from the nearest motorway exits are M1 Northbound – Junction 23a, M1 Southbound – Junction 28, M6 Northbound – Junction 15, and M6 Southbound – Junction 16.
  • Train:
    The nearest train station to Alton Towers is Uttoxeter located just 10 miles from the resort. You can take a taxi or bus to the theme park from the station.
    Stoke on Trent station is approximately 15 miles away from Alton Towers and you can board a local taxi and reach the theme park in just 25 minutes.
  • Bus: 
    First Bus Potteries, a local bus company, operates routes from Stoke-on-Trent city centre (Hanley), Stoke-on-Trent Rail Station, and Uttoxeter to Alton Tower. You can also board the X52 service that connects to the theme park from Nottingham and Derby.
Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Facilites
  • Take advantage of Alton Towers' free Wi-Fi via the Cloud. Register your device when entering the theme park, after which your device will connect to the Wi-Fi network automatically.
  • You can withdraw money from any of the cash points located around the theme park. Note that there is a charge for £1.95 on cash withdrawals at the park.
  • Alton Towers is equipped with toilets, both general and accessible, at multiple points in the theme park. 
  • The park provides benches at different locations for you to relax and take a break. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants you can stop at for a quick bit of an elaborate meal.
  • Lockers are available at the Dark Forest, Towers St., Forbidden Valley, and X-Sector.
  • Smoking in public places inside Alton Towers is strictly prohibited. There are designated areas where guests can smoke. 
Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Accessibility
  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available for rent at Alton Towers. However, you’ll only be able to pay for these rentals via card deposits.
  • If you cannot stand in a queue for medical reasons, you can apply for the Ride Access Pass through which, you can bypass queues for all rides and attractions. You’ll need a letter from your GP stating that you cannot stand in a place for too long.
  • For guests with a Blue Badge to identify mobility issues, there are several first-come, first-served parking spaces set aside. 
  • While guide dogs are allowed inside Alton Towers, you cannot take them along during rides and attractions.
  • All the toilets in Alton Towers are equipped to be wheelchair friendly.
  • There are a limited number of ear defenders available at the Resort Box Office for rent with a £20 refundable deposit.
Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Park Rules
  • Wheelchairs are the only transport device allowed inside Alton Towers for safety reasons. Other devices like rollerblades, bicycles, and hoverboards are not allowed inside the theme park.
  • Kids under the age of 12 are allowed inside Alton Towers only if they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 or more. Once inside the theme park, children should be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Avoid unnecessary noise and other behaviour that could be annoying for visitors.
  • Smoking in public places inside Alton Towers is strictly prohibited and there are designated areas where guests can smoke. 
  • Guests are expected to wear appropriate clothing when inside the theme park.
Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Visitor Tips

Make the most out of your visit to Alton Towers with these helpful guidelines:

  • Take advantage of the peak lunchtime rush to try out the different rides at Alton Towers. 
  • Avoid visiting during weekends and school holidays if you wish to escape the crowd. 
  • If you hate standing in long queues, spend some extra money and opt for individual fast-track tickets for the rides. 
  • In addition to hydration stations placed strategically around the theme park, Alton Towers also offers guests free refills of tap water in all the restaurants. 
  • Get the park map as soon as you enter the theme park as it gives handy information and helps you save a lot of time.
  • Each ride inside Alton Towers has a height description and this information is listed on the park map. Take a close look at the map to identify which rides your kids can go for and plan your time accordingly.
Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Food & Drinks
  • Rollercoaster Restaurant: The UK's first Rollercoaster Restaurant is set below a vast roller coaster track, where you can watch as orders tackle gravity defying loop-the-loops before dropping to the table
  • Woodcutters Bar & Grill: From lip-smacking steaks to juicy grilled chicken breast, this bar and grill serve freshly prepared meals right to your table.
  • Explorers Pizza Pasta Buffet: Ever wondered what a pizza and pasta buffet would be like? Now's your chance to try it out! Gorge on Italian-style pizza and pasta and pair it with a side salad from our salad bar.
  • Nitrogenie: Watch ice cream being made in front of your eyes using the magic of liquid Nitrogen and try their many fabulous flavors including coffee, strawberry, and more.
  • Coffee Lounge: Need a pick me up after a tiring and fun day at Alton Towers? Visit the Coffee Lounge and enjoy fresh coffee along with sandwiches, pastries, and other baked delights.
Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Accomodation
  • Stargazing Pods: Take a break from the city and escape to the great British outdoors in the spanking new Stargazing Pods at Alton Towers Resort. This budget-friendly accommodation is perfect if you're looking for an offbeat experience.
  • CBeebies Land Hotel: Designed especially for young families, the CBeebies Land Hotel is based on the iconic BBC channel and features all its iconic shows and characters for all little explorers to enjoy.
  • Woodland Lodges: Experience the joys of living in an authentic log cabin by booking your stay at the Woodland Lodges. This accommodation option is comfortable and quirky in equal measure.
  • Alton Towers Hotel: Themed around legendary explorer Sir Algenon who made the hotel his home, the Alton Towers Hotel is classy, comfortable, and steeped in history.
  • Splash Landings Hotel: Stay at the Splash Landings Hotel and experience the many joys of the Caribbean. Enjoy beautifully-themed rooms, delicious cuisines, and plenty of entertainment avenues.
Alton Towers Staffordshire Moorlands District Shopping

Check out some of the places you can shop from when visiting Alton Towers:

  • Little Explorers Toy Box: Located within CBeebies Land, this speciality gift and souvenir shop feature all the iconic CBeebies characters, CBeebies bugs, and other exclusive items from the CBeebies land.
  • Katanga Cargo: Make your way to this beautifully decorated emporium and shop from the massive selection of gifts and souvenirs on offer.
  • Spooks R Us: Featuring plenty of scary tricks and treats, Spooks R Us is packed with fun, ghoulish gifts for you and your loved ones.
  • Galactica Store: An interstellar store featuring plenty of out-of-the-world goodies, the Galactica Store is one of the many highlights of Alton Towers. From fun t-shirts to delicious space food, you get everything here.
  • Sharkbait Reef Shoppe: Take a memorable gift or souvenir from Sharkbait Reef Shoppe, a pirate-themed gift shop, to take home the memory of your time in Sharkbait Reef.

Frequently Asked Questions About Alton Towers

What is Alton Towers?

Alton Towers Resort, more commonly referred to as Alton Towers, is a theme park and resort in Staffordshire, England.

What dates are Alton Towers open?

Alton Towers is generally open from late March to early November every year.

Where are Alton Towers located?

Alton Towers Resort is located in Staffordshire, England, near the village of Alton and can be reached via bus, train and car. 

What are Alton Towers opening hours?

Alton Towers is generally open from late March to early November. The timings are as follows: Mon to Fri: 10 AM - 4 PM and Sat & Sun: 10 AM - 9 PM

What’s the best time to visit Alton Towers?

The best time to visit Alton Towers is during autumn as it’s not part of the peak summer tourist season and witnesses milder temperatures and longer hours of daylight, especially at the beginning of September. Avoid visiting during weekends and school holidays if you wish to escape the crowd. 

How big is Alton Towers?

Alton Towers is the largest theme park in the UK, spanning 910 acres of land.

How much time do you need at the Alton Towers?

It is recommended to spend at least 5-6 hours to make the most out of your experience at Alton Towers. 

What is unique about Alton Towers?

Alton Towers features 11 unique zones that’ll take you on an unforgettable journey through fantastical lands with a collection of rides, attractions, live shows, food and shopping, golfing, and much more.

Is Alton Towers an outdoor or indoor park?

Alton Towers is a massive theme park that is spread across both indoor and outdoor sections.

What facilities will be open at Alton Towers?

Alton Towers is packed with facilities designed to make the guests’ experience hassle-free. Some of the facilities available at Alton Towers include free water refills, baby changing rooms, cash withdrawal machines, free Wi-Fi, lockers, and much more.

Is there any dress code inside Alton Towers?

Guests are expected to wear appropriate clothing when inside Alton Towers. Make sure you wear and top and covered shoes inside the theme park.

Is outside food allowed in Alton Towers?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your food and picnics inside the theme park.

Where can I eat at Alton Towers?

You can eat at one of the many restaurants, bars, and cafes at the theme park or bring your food and enjoy a leisurely picnic at the Alton Towers Garden.

What type of restaurants does Alton Towers offer?

Alton Towers is home to restaurants across a truly diverse range of cuisines including British, Italian, Continental, American, and much more.

Are there any cashpoints available at Alton Towers?

Yes, there are many cash points available inside Alton Towers but you’ll be charged a fee of £1.95 on cash withdrawals.

Are strollers and wheelchairs available inside Alton Towers?

Yes, both strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent inside Alton Towers for a small, refundable security deposit.

Are lockers available inside Alton Towers?

Yes, locker facilities are available at different parts of the Alton Towers including Forbidden Valley, Dark Forest, Towers St., and X-Sector.

Is there a baby room inside Alton Towers?

While there’s no dedicated baby room at Alton Towers, all the toilets are equipped with a baby changing facility.

Will Alton Towers toilets open and how do you ensure they are safe?

Yes, Alton Towers toilets will be open for guests and will be regularly sanitized and disinfected to ensure they are safe to use.

Are there any parking facilities inside Alton Towers?

Yes, there are three categories of parking available inside Alton Towers including standard parking, express parking, and disabled parking.

Can children enter Alton Towers alone?

No, children below the age of 12 cannot enter Alton Towers alone and need to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 at all times inside the park.

Can I get First Aid at Alton Towers?

The Medical Centre is located at the bottom of Towers Street next to the Skyride Station - to the left.