Alton Towers

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Alton Towers Resort
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England
Coordinates 52°59′15″N 1°53′27″W / 52.98750°N 1.89083°W / 52.98750; -1.89083Coordinates: 52°59′15″N 1°53′27″W / 52.98750°N 1.89083°W / 52.98750; -1.89083
Website www.altontowers.com
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
Year-round
Splash Landings Hotel
May - October (2017)
Enchanted Village
Year-round
CBeebies Land Hotel
Year-round
Alton Towers Waterpark
Year-round
Alton Towers Hotel Spa
Year-round
Conference Centre
Year-round
Enchanted Forest Tree Top Quest
February–November (2017)
Extraordinary Golf
Year-round
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

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

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

Theme: Escapism or escaping normal life

Roller coasters[change | change source]

  • 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.
  • Rita - launched roller coaster.
  • The Smiler - first roller coaster that turns riders upside down 14 times.
  • Thirteen - riders travel forwards and backwards.
  • Wickerman - wooden roller coaster with fire effects (opens March 2018).

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