Okay, so anyone that knows me knows that I am such a freak for amusement/theme parks. Seriously, for my 21st birthday I really wanted to go to Disneyland and stay in the dream suite (it’s a bucket list thing for me).
In order to quench my theme park thirst, Chan and I headed to Alton Towers for our third anniversary celebrations. Alton Towers is about 2 hours outside of London, if you take the Virgin Express train, and totally worth the trip.
First, let me start by saying how insanely cheap the prices are compared to Disneyland. Their tickets were only 35 pounds each. To stay there for a night, it would’ve costed only like 124 pounds, which includes park tickets and free breakfast. That’s basically the cost of one ticket at Disney. Even the food and drinks in the park were cheap! Alton Towers just gets it.
I had the best time there, almost more fun than I’ve ever had at Disneyland. Their rides were nuts and the atmosphere was even better. We went on the UK’s Mother’s Day so it wasn’t completely flooded with people, but nonetheless you can tell that they keep the park clean and efficiently running at all times. For example, during our time, one of the rides got stuck and they gave all the people waiting in line a free fast pass just for waiting!
But, the best part was there was so much green space!!! Alton Towers is built around this old castle (pictured above/below) that used to belong to the Lord of Shrewsbury, so there’s tons of garden walks and open, green space to relax in between thrills and shrills. The grounds, in general, were just so beautiful, and the views from the castle are amazing!
The rides were the most insane rides I have ever been on. This place is not for the faint hearted. If you ever get the chance to go, and I highly recommend you go, you have to ride Oblivion. It’s a straight up 180 degree drop into this black hole. Completely terrifying, but 100% makes you want to ride again. The rides, in general, constantly impressed me. There was so much thought put into every single one. Even the ones I thought were going to be super lame, turned out to totally amaze me. I don’t want to say too much about the rides because, let me tell you, it’s better to not know and to be surprised.
Here’s a list of the best rides at Alton Towers:
- The Smiler- unfortunately, this ride was closed when we went but, it looked so insane that I actually wanted to come back the next day and ride it. Not to mention, they have a sweet deal where if you buy your ticket that day you can come back again for like 15 pounds, instead of paying the full price ticket online (35 pounds).