Theme parks, amusement parks — whatever you may call them, there are so many great ones in the United States of America that it's almost impossible to put into words how lucky Americans are in that regard. Over in the United Kingdom, despite being a much smaller nation, they also have quite a few notable attractions themselves, too.
The quantity is much smaller as you can probably imagine, but it's still worth noting that they've got a really nice collection of parks that deserve to be recognized and appreciated.
If you ever get the chance, make sure you head over and test them out.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, because either way, there’s a good chance that you played with Lego when you were a kid. Back in 1996, the decision was made to open Legoland Windsor Resort over in Windsor, Berkshire — which, for those of you who don’t know, is a pretty nice area of the country.
It’s an absolute dream of a location of people who grew up loving Lego and want to immerse themselves in their childhood once again, and really, that’s what a theme park is all about.
9 Alton Towers
Alton Towers truly is one of the premier theme parks on the face of the planet, and there are very few others that can contest to that. The site is located around a castle in Alton, Staffordshire, with the surrounding areas being about as beautiful as you could ever hope.
In terms of rollercoaster thrills you almost certainly won’t be in short supply at AT, with rides such as Wicker Man, Nemesis, The Smiler, Galactica, Oblivion, and so many more to entertain you. Honestly, it’s a really, really lovely place that deserves a bit more love.
8 Lightwater Valley
When you host the longest rollercoaster in Europe and the second-longest roller coaster in the world (The Ultimate) then you know that you’ve got a pretty special park on your hands regardless of how magical the rest of the area is.
Lightwater Valley is located up in North Stainley in Yorkshire and grew from what was once a small farming destination. It mixes thrill rides with attractions that are better suited to the kids, which makes for a really enjoyable day out for all the family from old to young.
7 Thorpe Park
If you’re going in search of natural thrills, then Thorpe Park is the place for you and it’s not even close. The Staines-upon-Thames-based area is home to the fastest rollercoaster in the country in the form of Stealth, which truly is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their major attractions.
The Swarm, SAW, and Nemesis Inferno are a few other examples of world-class coasters at the park, and in addition to that, the variety of attractions extends to all ages. Plus, it isn’t all too far away from London!
6 Blackpool Pleasure Beach
‘Tacky’ is often the word that a lot of travelers use to describe Blackpool as a general area, but that feels a little bit harsh. Sure, the Lancashire destination doesn’t exactly resemble Budapest or Gdansk, but it does happen to be home to one of the best amusement parks in Europe.
Big One is known for its sheer size and force, the Big Dipper is incredibly entertaining, Icon is a fun ride, and that’s just the beginning. You get some great views of the beach from the top of the attractions, and best of all, you get to have a stick of rock. What’s not to love?
5 Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire is a severely underrated park, and we’d hope to see that change at some point in the not so distant future. With over one million visitors every year and 280 acres to enjoy, they certainly make the most of what they’ve got to work with.
Shockwave and Stormforce 10 are two particular favorites, but the almighty drop tower known as Apocalypse really does take the cake when it comes to that thrill factor that you’re given on truly elite rides – in our opinion, anyway.
4 Chessington World of Adventures
Located in Greater London, around 10-15 miles away from central London, lies Chessington World of Adventures – which sounds like the kind of place that belongs in the world of Harry Potter. It’s known for being a theme park, a zoo, and a hotel complex all in one.
Vampire and Dragon’s Fury are two of the primary attractions at the park, but don’t let those names fool you. There truly is something for everyone within your family to enjoy, and in terms of location, you won’t find many better parks than this one.
3 Flamingo Land
We’re heading back up to Yorkshire now for the extremely underrated Flamingo Land Resort. The jungle type of theme runs all the way throughout the park, and they do a great job of making it feel like you’ve been transported to a whole new atmosphere.
They’ve got a couple of big rides to go alongside a few more common attractions, and to be honest, that’s all you can really ask for from an amusement park. It’s not for thrill-seekers quite as much as Alton Towers and Thorpe Park are, but it doesn’t need to be.
Megafobia, Vertigo, Drenched, Speed. Those aren’t just four random words: those are the four primary thrill rides that serve as the four main reasons why you should head on over to Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
It opened as a pretty small destination in the late 1980s, but nowadays, it really has been picking up steam as one of the most underrated locations in the country. It’s had its fair share of problems, but as we all know, bouncing back from those issues is what matters the most at the end of the day.
1 Paultons Park
The recent revelation of the new themed world that is heading to Paultons Park, including the Tornado Springs attraction, is extremely exciting, to say the least.
It’s known for being the home of Peppa Pig World over in Ower, Hampshire, but of course, there’s much more to the park than just that.
They seem to be stepping up their game in order to challenge some of the other UK big dogs within the industry, which can only be a good thing. Healthy competition always drives people to be better, and we’re intrigued to see what this new world brings to the park.