Alton Towers

Major theme park and resort in central England

Alton Towers is a theme park in Staffordshire, England. It is near the town Alton.

Alton Towers Resort
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England
Coordinates 52°59′15″N 1°53′27″W / 52.98750°N 1.89083°W / 52.98750; -1.89083
Owner Merlin Entertainments Group
General Manager Ian Crabbe
(Divisional Director)
Operated By Alton Towers Resort Operations Ltd.
Opened 13 April 1860 (1860-04-13) (as country estate)
4 April 1980 (1980-04-04) (as theme park)
Previous names Alton Towers
Alton Abbey
Operating season Theme Park
Main season: mid March–early November
Santas Sleepovers: Late November-Early January
Alton Towers Hotel
Splash Landings Hotel
May - October (2017)
Enchanted Village
CBeebies Land Hotel
Alton Towers Waterpark
Alton Towers Hotel Spa
Conference Centre
Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest
February–November (2017)
Extraordinary Golf
Visitors (per annum) Increase 1.980 million (2016)
Area 910 acres (370 ha) (total combined resort area) [source?]
Rides 37 total
  • 10 roller coasters
  • 2 water rides
Slogan Escape to the Alton Towers Resort

It has seven large roller coasters and three smaller roller coasters.

Theme: Escapism or escaping normal life

Roller coasters change

  • Galactica - riders fly under the track. First flying roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard.
  • Nemesis - riders sit under the track.
  • Oblivion - first vertical drop roller coaster [ 87 degrees drop ]
  • Rita - 61 mph launched roller coaster.
  • The Smiler - first roller coaster that turns riders upside down 14 times.
  • Thirteen - riders travel forwards and backwards., and also has the first free fall drop.
  • Wickerman - wooden roller coaster with fire effects.

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