Drayton Manor, Best Theme Parks, Drayton Manor Hotel
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The park covers 280 acres of which about 113 acres are in use, and hosts about 1.5 million people each year. Rides at the park include The Shockwave, Europe’s only stand up coaster,and Apocalypse, a five-sided drop tower.
The park´s maximum daily capacity is 15,000 guests, which is set with guest experience and traffic congestion in mind. The park has three entrances. Drayton Manor Theme Park is open daily in April through August and on selected days in March, September, October and December; usually from 9.30 to 5 or 6 pm.
Drayton Manor in Tamworth, Staffordshire is more than just the home of exciting thrill rides; it is also very child-friendly and it has a zoo.
It is home to Europe’s only Thomas Land, which is completely devoted to attractions featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends. It has exciting rides for.
If you’re a thrill-seeker you will find all you need to float your boat! Feeling brave? Ride the ShockWave, Europe’s only stand-up rollercoaster!
Or ride the G-force, a tremendously intense roller coaster where you are suspended from the hip as you reach 70kph and do loop-the-loops while you’re at it! Make a 50-metre drop on the notoriously scary Apocalypse, or expose yourself to incredible centrifugal forces on the Maelstrom gyro swing.
If you’re still not feeling dizzy, consider riding Pandemonium: a 22m inverting gondola swing. Afterwards, cool off on the innovative log ride. Or grab a snack from one of the stalls and stroll through the zoo, which has over one hundred animals, including big cats, cuddly penguins, cute primates and scary reptiles! For more information, visit the website of Drayton Manor.
The land on which the theme park was built used to belong to the Peel family but the mansion had been reduced to mere ruins when the British Army requisitioned it as a training post during World War II.
After the war had ended two entrepreneurs, George and Vera Bryan, borrowed 6000 pounds and bought the land. They opened a small amusement park with just a handful of children´s rides in 1949. In 1954 Mrs Molly Badham (who later opened the nearby Twycross Zoo) joined forces with the Bryans and opened a small zoo to compliment the fun park.
The amusement park grew slowly in the 1950´s, 60´s and 70´s but in the late 80´s the park began to install bigger and more thrilling rides to attract customers from all over the United Kingdom. The result is that Drayton Manor Theme Park is today the 6th most popular theme park in the UK. The park is still being managed by the Bryan family.
The 4-star Drayton Manor Hotel is set in a unique location amongst 280 acres of lakes and parkland that was once the home of Sir Robert Peel. It is also a moment away from Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land and Drayton Manor Zoo.
Where to stay?
Every bit of the luxurious Drayton Manor Hotel caters to the modern family and business traveller.
Our facilities include:
·150 well-appointed contemporary guest rooms including 11 Thomas & Friends themed bedrooms
·Wireless internet access
·Parklands Restaurant and Bar
·Parkview conference and banqueting suite
·3 modern meeting rooms for up to 12 delegates
·Free car parking
·Stunning Wedding venue
And for the children, and those that are young at heart:-
·Video games room
·Thomas & Friends Theatre!
·Fabulous Thomas & Friends themed bedrooms
Our state of the art conference suite is a fantastic choice for your next meeting or event, and with Drayton Manor Park on the doorstep, the possibilities for large scale events are endless.
Address: B783TW Tamworth, Staffordshire
Telephone number: 08444721950
Drayton Manor opening hours
Drayton Manor is opened fully from March 17th till November 4th 2012. Gates open at 9:30am and close at a minimum of 5pm. Check website to avoid disappointment.