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Drayton Manor Theme Park is home to a variety of exciting rides and attractions. It is a fantastic day out for all of the family with roller coasters, zoo and Thomas Land. The Theme Park Resort and zoo is located on the grounds of the former Drayton Manor at Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England.
Drayton Manor Theme Park covers 280 acres and hosts approximately 1.5 million guests each year. Rides at the theme park include The Shockwave, a stand-up roller coaster and Apocalypse, a five-sided drop tower.
Drayton Manor is home to Thomas Land. The Thomas Land children’s area draws inspiration from Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends. This area of the theme park has lots of rides and attractions that will appeal to children.
For a fun-filled Thomas and Friends day out, visit Thomas Land at Drayton Manor. The unique multi-million-pound children’s theme park is set in 6,000 square metres of beautiful parkland. This section of the theme park promises fun and adventure for the young and young at heart. It boasts twelve wonderful Thomas themed rides, a spectacular indoor play area and a special shop filled with fantastic Thomas & Friends merchandise.
Take a ride on Thomas or go for a wild adventure on the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Roller Coaster. Thomas Land is packed full of exciting rides and attractions. With excellent theming, each ride features one of Thomas’ friends, like Bertie Bus and Jeremy Jet, who are just waiting to share an adventure with you. From gentle rides for theme park first timers to more adventurous ones for older Thomas fans, there’s certainly something for everyone.
Drayton Manor Zoo
Drayton Manor Zoo is home to over 100 animals, including endangered species.
Some of the animals you can view at Drayton Manor Zoo include.
* Birds of Prey
* Big Cats
* Parrots and Other Birds
* Arachnids and Insects
Drayton Manor Hotel
Located adjacent to the Theme Park is the Drayton Manor Hotel, a 4-star hotel set on 280 acres. The Drayton Manor Hotel offers a range of room types to suit all your requirements. Rooms include spacious executive rooms, interconnecting family rooms, majestic Presidential rooms, and the popular Thomas & Friends themed rooms.
All rooms include luxurious large beds, LCD flat screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, hairdryers and en-suite bathrooms, as well as Full English and continental breakfasts.
Depending on how many guests are in your party, they can organise more spacious rooms for families who may require additional beds, cots or interconnecting rooms. The Hotel also has its own car park, where you’ll enjoy free parking throughout your stay.
Top 10 Rides at Drayton Manor
1 – Storm Force 10
Stormforce 10 is a heart-stopping, three-drop water ride with a twist that will thrill any adrenaline junkie. Stormforce 10 is a ride that recreates the story of a lifeboat rescue, launched in association with the RNLI. The story is that you are out at sea and a huge storm is building on the horizon. The storm sends your boat on a wild, white-knuckle ride like no other. The ride begins with a drop that sends you into the heart of Stormforce 10. Hold tight as you take on the storm. Partway through the ride, your boat rotates and plunges backwards. The final drop 60-foot drop descends into the lake below.
Beware you will get wet on this ride..!!
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2 – Shockwave
Originally called the ‘7up Shockwave’, Shockwave is Europe’s first Intamin stand-up roller coaster and is still only one of two in Europe. This exhilarating, white-knuckle ride opened in 1994 and is the only stand-up roller coaster with a zero-gravity roll. Shockwave has been voted ‘Best stand-up roller coaster in the world’. Still a firm favourite with thrill-seekers visiting Drayton Manor Park, Shockwave reaches heart-racing speeds of 53mph and delivers up to 4g. The ultimate ride for speed-demons and adrenaline junkies, Shockwave powers you through twisting corkscrews, loops and bends.
3 – G-Force
G-Force is the only X-Car coaster in the UK. This is a roller coaster ride that has been designed to push your body to new limits as you’re suspended upside down. The ride was opened by the band G4 in 2005 and boasts 3 inversions in a rare roller coaster element, a Bent Cuban Eight. G-Force uses a unique inverted chain lift. The chain lift is constructed within a standard vertical loop, meaning that upon reach the top, riders are suspended upside-down. Gravity then takes over as you accelerate around the twists, turns and thrilling loops.
4 – Apocalypse
When Apocalypse opened in the year 2000 it was the first stand up drop tower ride in the world. At 54 metres tall, it was once voted ‘Britain’s Scariest Ride’. Apocalypse is still a firm favourite for all thrill seekers who visit Drayton Manor Park. Riders can choose whether to sit down, stand up or stand for the duration with no floor beneath your feet. This ride is not for the faint-hearted. Riders reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour and fall 54 metres. Apocalypse free falls for 4 heart-racing seconds. Previously voted the ‘Best Thrill Ride’ in Europe, Apocalypse is one of the most exhilarating rides you will ever experience and will push you to your limits.
5 – Accelerator (formerly know as Ben 10 Ultimate Mission)
Climb aboard the Accelerator Roller Coaster and get ready for an incredible adventure. The Accelerator was formerly known as Ben 10 Ultimate Mission. The roller coaster train travels backwards out of the station before beginning with a big drop travelling back through the station. The ride then twists and turns around the high-speed track. Upon reaching the end of the track, you do the whole thing again backwards. The young and young-at-heart will enjoy this exciting, action-packed roller coaster adventure. First-time roller coaster riders and young thrillseekers will be thrilled by this smaller but seriously exciting ride.
6 – Air Race
One of Drayton Manors more recent additions, Air Race takes riders on a thrilling ride that will leave your head spinning. Climb into a plane and take off on a mind-bending journey through the skies as you swoop and plunge, fly and race. Air-Race is not for the faint-hearted. As the ride spins, each plane performs its own white-knuckle loops. Riders who brave Air Race will experience nearly 4g as they accelerate in their planes, experiencing a number of full 360-degree loops. Air Race is an unmissable ride that lets you experience fantastic G-force and thrilling tilts and turns. The two simultaneous spinning motions produce a truly unique, mind-bending sensation that will disorientate the senses and delight the thrillseeker in everyone. This ride is a favourite with the most adventurous riders.
7 – Splash Canyon
Splash Canyon is Drayton Manor Park’s very own river rapids. Swerve around corners, splash through the waves and get soaked as your boat is swept along the fast-flowing rapids. No two rides on Splash Canyon are ever the same. Grab your friends and family, climb on board one of the circular boats, and get ready for a wild ride through the water. Experience the most unpredictable and thrilling of river rapid rides.
8 – Maelstrom
Maelstrom is a stomach-churning, head-turning gyro swing that will have thrill seekers on the edge of their seats. Riders face outwards they are raised high into the sky. Maelstrom gains massive height with every arc before plunging back towards the ground. But that’s not all as the ride also rotates a full 360 degrees as you fly, sending you into the heart of the maelstrom. Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss this one. Riders legs swing freely, giving the sensation of freedom and flight in this jaw-dropping thrill ride. This white-knuckle experience is like nothing you’ve experienced before. If you think you can handle the power of the storm, test your limits on Maelstrom.
9 – Pandemonium
You won’t know which way is up as you fly in circles at heart-stopping speeds on Pandemonium. Two gondolas swing in opposite directions, hurtling past each other, getting higher and higher until riders are thrown into a full 360-degree turn. Feel the G-force as you reach new heights on this intense thrill ride. Push yourself to new limits on this thrilling adventure as you experience the intense speed and power of one of Drayton Manors scariest rides. This ride is not for the faint-hearted, even the most dedicated thrillseekers will be on the edge of their seats.
10 – Troublesome Trucks Runaway Rollercoaster
One of the highlights of Thomas Land is the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Rollercoaster. The Troublesome Trucks are up to their usual mischief again. The Troublesome Trucks Coaster is an exciting roller coaster ride that even the most adventurous Thomas fans will love. Join the Trucks as they race along the roller coaster tracks as fast as they can, taking you on a fun and fast-paced ride in Thomas Land. This junior roller coaster is brilliant for first-time roller coaster riders (and it’s fun for the adults too). The Troublesome Trucks coaster twists and turns around the track, tilting as it speeds around corners.
For a small additional fee, guests can take on Drayton Manors high rope adventure course – VertiGO. VertiGO is fun for all the family offering great views of Drayton Manor Park. Guests can either pre-book or upgrade on the day. With two courses to choose from, there is something for all ages.
Travelling to Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor is located in Drayton Bassett, a 10-minute drive from the town of Tamworth. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction and there is also lots of accommodation available in the nearby town of Tamworth. If you want to do other activities in the area then the city of Birmingham is only 30 minutes away.
Travelling by Train
The nearest train station is Tamworth (approximately 3 miles away). Visit Train Genius website for details.
Travelling by Coach
If you would like to travel by coach we recommend that you try National Holidays website, who offer some great package deals to Drayton Manor.
Staying at Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor has an on-site hotel, which offers stay and play packages. They also have their own Camping and Caravan site which is operated by the Camping and Caravanning Club. The Travelodge in Tamworth is only a 10 minute drive away. The hotel offers free parking and is across the road from Tamworth town centre, with great value rooms, we have stayed here a number of times and would highly recommend it for visiting Drayton Manor. Try Hotels.com who have a wide selection of hotels to choose from.
If you want to spend more time in the area and like self-catering then Snaptrip offer a wide range of properties at great value prices.
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