UK Theme Parks for All Ages

So the kids are asking for a day out at a theme park? You might be wondering which one is the best one to take them to. After all, your choice is going to depend on location, age suitability, price, and more. To make things a little easier, we’ve listed some of UK theme parks for your comparison:

Alton Towers

Family Friendly:  Alton Towers is home to some of the UK’s most famous rollercoasters, such as Oblivion, Air, and Nemesis, as well as its own Waterpark, and age-specific attractions like CBeebies Land. For those travelling from a distance, there are even two hotels, treehouse accommodation, and Village Lodges.

Thorpe Park

Family Friendly: Mostly. There’s plenty of family-friendly stuff to do – but if you only have very small children, it might not be the place for you.
Thorpe Park is the go-to place for thrill-seekers. With the likes of SAW, Colossus and The Swarm, plus five different water-rides, you’re unlikely to be bored! Thorpe Park also has its own accommodation, which provide one night rates or short-break packages.  

Location: Berkshire
Family Friendly: Definitely!
This park is heaven for LEGO lovers, young and old – although it is primarily aimed at younger children. With incredible LEGO statues everywhere you look, you’ll be suitably impressed. Star attractions include the Hero Factory, the DUPLO Splash Safari, and Hotel LEGOland, boasting themed rooms at not unreasonable prices.
Chessington World of Adventures
Location: Surrey
Family Friendly: Yes
Chessington World offers more than just rides – it also has a zoo and Sea Life centre. So you might need more than a day to get round this one! If you do, but don’t live locally, Chessington has two hotels to choose from – the Azteca Hotel and the Safari Hotel.

Drayton Manor
Location: Staffordshire
Family Friendly: Yes
With Thomas Land for the little ones, ranging to the zoo for all ages, and the likes of the Apocalypse for older (and braver) folk, Drayton Manor has something for everyone. If you decide to stay at the park’s Drayton Manor Hotel, your kids will really love the Thomas the Tank Engine themed rooms.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Location: Lancashire
Family Friendly: Yes
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is home to the infamous Big Dipper, as well as newer rides such as InFusion and Valhalla. There’s more than just rides though; you won’t want to miss the skating arena, the museum, or the golf course either. As well as a huge choice of accommodation in Blackpool itself, the Pleasure Beach also offers the Big Blue Hotel for any overnighters.

Flamingo Land
Location: Yorkshire Family Friendly: Yes
Flamingo Land consists of a theme park, a zoo, and a holiday resort. With extreme rides, such as the new Hero, and child-friendly offerings, such as Twistosaurus, you won’t be stuck with nothing to do. As well as plenty of the usual animal attractions, the zoo has its own trail, plus shows, and an Animal Trainer Experience.

M & D's Scotland Theme Park
Location: Glasgow
Family Friendly: Yes
M & D’s is the most well-known theme park, and with six different zones, including Amazonia, it’s not hard to see why. There are also thrill rides for the brave, plus family rides, and kids’ rides for the very young. For overnight stays, the park recommends Alona Hotel, overlooking the beautiful Strathclyde Park.  
Oakwood Theme Park
Location: Pembrokeshire
Family Friendly: Yes
Oakwood’s Megafobia was voted the best ride in the UK, which, with such strong competition, is quite something. There are also plenty of more child-friendly offerings though, from Neverland, to Hook’s House of Havoc. Oakwood doesn’t have its own hotel, but it does recommend local places to stay, for your convenience.

Milky Way Adventure Park
Location: Devon
Family Friendly: Yes
The Milky Way has plenty do to for the entire family, with rides and rollercoasters, crafts, live shows, and activities such as archery and laser shooting. While it doesn’t offer its own accommodation, it does provide suggested hotels.