Alton Towers, centered around the historic castle home of the blue-blooded Earls of Shrewsbury, is doubtlessly Great Britain's best theme park. Charmingly located in the middle of nowhere and ironically less accessible from London than Disneyland Paris, it contains all the major state-of-the-art rides including a flume ride, a river rapids ride, a drop coaster, a hanging coaster and a wonderful prototype of the now world-famous flying coaster.
The attractions are spread so widely throughout the vast park that walking from ride to ride gives you a better workout than a two-hour session at the gym. It's been a pleasant day!
Alton Towers castle
Alton Towers gardens
Alton Towers thrills
This is a so-called Dive Coaster
Alton Towers dive roller coaster
Diving into a black hole in the ground
A more family-friendly coaster
Spinning roller coaster
This one is called launch coaster
It's very fast!
Alton Towers coaster ride
Flying roller coaster
Belly-down flying experience
It's a fantastic feeling!
Flying coaster backwards
Inverted roller coaster
The track you wouldn't want to ride on
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory dark ride
Alton Towers atmosphere
River rafting ride
It's a beautiful park!