Gulliver’s Kingdom (also known as Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath) is a theme park aimed at children aged 2 to 13 in the picturesque Derbyshire town of Matlock Bath.
A Great Family Day Out at Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath
Finding great days out for toddlers and older children alike can be a tricky task. Gulliver’s Kingdom is specially designed for families with children aged between the years of 2 and 13. The family-orientated theme park offers a wide range of rides and attractions.
Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath is set on a stunning hillside. This setting provides extra adventure, added adrenaline and fabulous views. The location adds an extra dimension to the rides, providing the illusion of super-high tower rides and flight-like roller coasters.
To help transport you from the bottom to the top of the Theme Park, there is both a travellator (like those found on Gladiators) and a chairlift which are both buggy-friendly.
Gulliver’s Theme Parks
Gulliver’s Theme Parks were established in the 1970’s by the Phillips family. The theme parks are aimed at young children and are committed to creating unforgettable days out for thousands of families every year.
Gulliver’s have a firm focus on keeping children active, and this is a core objective which runs through all of their theme park attractions. They strive to nurture environments where the emphasis is on health and wellbeing through learning and play.
Gulliver’s currently operates four locations in Matlock Bath, Warrington, Milton Keynes and Rotherham. 50% of the attractions at Gulliver’s resorts are undercover, so even the rain can’t spoil your fun.
Great Value Day Out
Gulliver’s pride themselves on providing you with a fun day out which is also excellent value for money. There are a number of Coin Operated Rides at numerous locations within Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath Theme Park. All of the rides are free to use an unlimited number of times. These are ideal for keeping younger children entertained whilst their elder siblings enjoy some of the bigger rides.
Parking is also free and families are welcome to take their own picnics into the theme park.
Gulliver’s Kingdom offers a wealth of indoor and outdoor playgrounds. These range from Junior Play Towns, Pirate Ships and Interactive Play Zones.
Blast Arena at Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath
Children aged 6 and over can put their skills to the test with the ultimate indoor attraction. The Blast Arena is a separate attraction to the main theme park and is charged separately. Each session is led by a Blast Arena Commander who guides children through the non-stop activities.
Food and Drink
There are numerous places to eat and drink within Gulliver’s Kingdom. Families are also welcome to take their own picnics into the Theme Park.
Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath Tickets
Travelling to Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath
Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath is located in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. There are a number of ways to get to Gulliver’s Kingdom. If you are travelling by car, Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath is between the M1 and the M6. When driving to Gulliver’s Kingdom use the postcode DE4 3PG. If you are on the M1 simply exit Junction 28 and follow the brown tourist signs. If you are approaching on the M6 from the south, take the A38 towards Lichfield, following it north until you see the tourist signposts.
Travelling by Train
The Derby to Matlock train runs through Matlock Bath approximately every 1½ hours Mon-Sat and every 2 hours on a Sunday. Matlock Bath train station is a 10-15 min walk from Gulliver’s Kingdom. Follow the river on your left until you get to the Fishpond pub and take the little path up the hill. See the Raileasy website for details.
There are lots of places to stay in the Peak District. Matlock Bath is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The theme park offers on-site accommodation. If you are only planning on visiting the park for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at some of the wonderful self-catering cottages available from Snaptrip.
Explorers Retreat at Gulliver’s Kingdom
Discover beautiful views, unique accommodation and a family theme park right on your doorstep. Enjoy the very best of the Peak District with a short break in Gulliver’s very own magical themed accommodation. Set on a stunning hillside retreat this family resort overlooks the magnificent Derwent Valley. Choose from swashbuckling pirate cabins or enchanting princess and wizard family suites. Stay and play packages include entry to Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park.
The Peak District
Adventure-loving families can explore the many wonders of the Peak District. Matlock Bath is home to boutique shops, eateries, arcades, cycleways and footpaths. Whether you’re walking, cycling or just exploring, you can easily discover the very best that Derbyshire and the Peak District has to offer.
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Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath History
The site where Gulliver's Kingdom is located in Matlock Bath was acquired by the Phillips family in 1976. Gulliver's Kingdom initially opened to the public as a model village in 1978. In 1980 the Royal Mine Opened, the world's first fully computerised caving visitor attraction. Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath History is noted for its location. Built on the hillside, it provides a unique experience, with many rides being nestled in amongst the trees and travelators provided to aid guests with the steep inclines.
Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath First Major Attractions
Gulliver's first roller coaster named the Log was opened In 1987 at Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath. The following year, the Log Flume opened. This ride was designed and built entirely in-house. Gullivers now operates ten roller coaster across all their parks.
Top 10 Rides at Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath
1 - The Switchback
Gulliver's Kingdom's main rollercoaster was named after a Victorian Switchback rollercoaster ride because the theme park is close to the site where this ride was located. Opened in 2004, The Switchback is the largest and one of the most popular rides at Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath. The Switchback is an iconic roller coaster complete with terrific twists and turns.
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2 - Log Flume
Located at one of the highest points in the Theme Park, at an anltitude of 629 feet (overlooking the valley some 300 feet below), there's not another log flume in Europe with views like the one at Gulliver's Kingdom. The Log Flume takes you high above the hills for breathtaking views of Matlock Bath below. Make sure you're ready for the giant splash on the way back down.
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3 - Dino Falls
A recent addition to Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath is Dino Falls. Acquired from the former Camelot Theme park. These slides take full advantage of the hilly terrain which the Gulliver's Kingdom is located on. With two slides to choose from, hold on tight as you race down the water slides on board your two person dinghy. Both slides are great fun, featuring non-stop twists and turns.
4 - Laser Dodgems
The dodgems are a classic ride and these ones also feature a modern twist. Each car is fitted with a special laser blaster, aim for the competition as you bump and zoom your way around. Its a kids favourite and you can enjoy unlimited goes fully inclusive of your theme park admission.
5 - Pirate Ship
Located at the bottom of the hillside is the Pirate Ship. Offerring great thrills as young riders lose their stomachs.
6 - Log Roller Coaster
Travel above the tree tops on the Log Roller Coaser. A great opportunity for junior thrill-seekers to experience a roller-coaster ride that’s all about the twists, dips and terrific turns.
7 - Tree Top Drop
Be sure to experience the Tree Top Drop Tower ride for great views across to Starkholmes and the adjacent Heights of Abraham. For younger children, there is a smaller version located inside The Explorers Playhouse.
8 - Crows Nest Quest
One of the latest additions to Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath is Crows Nest Quest. A high-ropes adventure that will take you across 4 different levels. Standing 17 metres high this challenge course features more than 20 individual elements designed to test even the bravest buccaneer. Make it to the top and enjoy incredible views of Derwent Valley.
9 - Gullys Magic Bikes
This is no ordinary bike ride, the faster you pedal the higher your bike will rise. Reach new heights with this enchanting theme park experience.
10 - Flying Raft
Have great fun riding with your friends and family on the Flying Raft ride. This ride offers some fantastic views of the scenic valley below.