THE best theme parks in the UK have been revealed – with one even being voted one of the best in the world.
According to the 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, Paultons Park has been named the best amusement park in the country.
Paultons Park is the best UK theme park – and 10th best in the world
It also came in 10th place in the top theme parks in the world, beating Disneyland Park in California and Disneyland Paris.
The 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards analyses both the quantity and quality of millions of reviews and ratings to determine the winner – this year analysing reviews pre-pandemic.
Paultons Park is a favourite of British tourists, featuring Peppa Pig land – and cheap hotel deals near the park start from £40 a night.
The park, which has reopened since the pandemic forced its closure back in March, is also to have a new American-themed land, based around a fictional 1950s midwestern town, with eight new rides and the UK’s first free-spinning rollercoaster, Storm Chaser.
Called Tornado Springs, its opening has been pushed to next year due to coronavirus.
Here are the other winners of the best theme parks in the UK to add to your list this summer.
Be sure to check before visiting however – some may remain closed or require online bookings.
2. The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly
You can get married at Milky Way theme parkCredit: TRIPADVISOR
Located in North Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has both indoor and outdoor attractions.
Last year, they launched their new ride Ziggy’s Blast Quest, and Sci-Fi fans will love the on-site memorabilia attraction with Star Wars and Doctor Who pieces.
You can even get married there – the park has a converted 17th century barn called The Old Barn, and you can go on the dodgems too.
3. Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea
Adventure Island is free to visitCredit: TRIPADVISOR
It’s completely free to visit Adventure Island, but you have to buy wristbands to be able to use the rides, ranging from £15 to £22.50 per person.
The park opened in 1918 as the Sunken Gardens, before becoming Peter Pan’s Playground and then Adventure Island.
While modest with rides, there are five rollercoasters as well as go karting, golf and arcades.
4. Sundown Adventureland, Retford
Sundown Adventureland is better suited to younger kidsCredit: TRIPADVISOR
Billed as the theme park for under-10s, rides include an Angry Bird themed attraction and Robin Hood themed play area.
Pirates, fairytales and the Wild West feature throughout the park, as well as Christmas-themed rides.
The park originally started as a bungalow on a large piece of land in the 1960s, before the owners bought more animals to turn it into a petting zoo – which included a pet monkey and 3,000 chickens.
5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the oldest amusement parks in the UK
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which first opened in 1896, is home to the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land.
In 1994, it had the tallest rollercoaster in the world – The Big One – before being beaten by Fujiyama at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan in 1996, although The Big One is still the tallest in the UK.
The rollercoaster, Icon, which opened in 2018, is the first multi-launch rollercoaster in the UK.
Hotels near Blackpool Pleasure Beach start from £25 a night.
6. Clifton Park, Rotherham
Clifton Park has free attractions as well as pay-per-ride ones
Clifton Park is open all year round, with a range of family-friendly rides.
The rollercoasters are gentle enough for kids, although there are some scarier ones.
There are lots of free attractions too, and you just pay to go on individual rides.
7. Dymchurch Amusement Park, Dymchurch
Dymchurch Amusement Park is free to enter tooCredit: TRIPADVISOR
Located on the beachfront, Dymchurch Amusement Park is a new entry for the best UK theme parks.
With free admission, pay-per-ride attractions include Mickey’s Runaway, a ghost train and dodgems.
There are also arcades, indoor play areas and cafes on-site too.
8. Crealy Family Theme Park, Exeter
Crealy Family Theme Park has some great overnight themed stays with glamping and campingCredit: TRIPADVISOR
Originally a farm in 1988, the park now has 60 rides including rollercoasters, water rides and the Animal Barn with zoo and farm animals.
Staying at Crealy is advised – the park has hot tub lodges and glamping areas.
Themed tents include medieval lodging and safari cabins.
9. Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton
Brighton Palace Pier has some bigger rides which you can watch or pay to ride
For more traditional rides, Brighton Palace Pier is the place to visit with everything from a carousel to trampolines.
Bigger rides include The Booster and Turbo Coaster.
It’s free to visit the pier but you will need wristbands to go on the ride.
10. Alton Towers Theme Park, Alton
Alton Towers is one of the most famous UK parks
One of the most well-known theme parks in the UK, Alton Towers just made the top 10.
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