Tallest Roller Coasters in the UK 5/5 (11)

This is a listing of the Top 10 Tallest Roller Coasters in the UK. There are some amazing roller coasters in our UK theme parks. If height is important to you then here is where you will find the ten tallest UK roller coasters.

1 – Hyperia @ Thorpe Park Resort 72m

The number 1 position was previously held by The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, but the Number 1 position will be claimed by Hyperia which is due to open at Thorpe Park Resort on the 24th May 2024!

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Hyperia at Thorpe Park Resort
Hyperia at Thorpe Park Resort

Top Speed – 130km/h 81mph
Cost – £20m
Est Cost Today – £20m
Length – Unknown
Height – 236ft 72m
Manufacturer – Mack Rides
Type – Hypercoaster
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 3
G-Force – 4.2g
Trains – Unknown
Passengers per Train – 20
Ride Duration – 59s
Theme Park – Thorpe Park
Year Opened – 2024

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2 – The Big One @ Blackpool Pleasure Beach 65m

When The Big One opened to the public on 28 May 1994, it held the record of the tallest roller coaster in the world. It held this record until July 1996, when Fujiyama opened at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan. At a height of 213ft (65m), The Big One remained the tallest roller coaster in the UK for 30 years until Hyperia opened in 2024. To really experience the height of The Big One you can also take an escorted climb to the 235ft summit of the lift hill.

The Big One - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Top Speed – 119km/h 74mph
Original Cost – £12m
Est Cost Today – £25m
Length – 5497ft 1675m
Height – 213ft 65m
Manufacturer – Arrow Dynamics
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Type – Steel – Hyper Coaster
Inversions – 0
G-Force – 3.5
Trains – 3
Passengers per Train – 30
Ride Duration – 3m 0s
Theme Park – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Year Opened – 1994

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3 – Stealth @ Thorpe Park 62m

Stealth is one of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters and one of the UK’s tallest. The ride reaches a height of 205ft in under 2 seconds using the fastest acceleration of any coaster in the UK with riders being propelled from 0-80mph. As the lights change from red to green, brace yourself as the ride experience has the same brake horsepower as not just one, but two Formula 1 cars.

Stealth - Thorpe Park Resort
Stealth at Thorpe Park Resort

Top Speed – 130km/h 80mph
Cost – £12m
Est Cost Today – £18.5m
Length – 1312ft 400m
Height – 205ft 62m
Manufacturer – Intamin
Type – Steel Launched
Lift/Launch – Hydraulic Launch
Inversions – 0
G-Force – 4.5g
Trains – 3
Passengers per Train – 20
Ride Duration – 59s
Theme Park – Thorpe Park
Year Opened – 2006

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4 – The Odyssey @ Fantasy Island 50m

When The Odyssey first opened in 2002, its original name was The Jubilee Odyssey to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It is the ride manufacturer Vekoma’s tallest example of their Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) design in the world. Standing at 167 feet (51 metres), its lift-hill motors and brakes are powered by a £4 million dung-powered generator, which converts manure into methane gas.

Fantasy Island - The Odyssey in the dark
The Odyssey at Fantasy Island

Top Speed – 101km/h 63mph
Original Cost – £28m
Est Cost Today – £48.5m
Length – 2924ft 891m
Height – 167ft 50m
Manufacturer – Vekoma
Type – Steel Inverted
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 5
G-Force – 4.8
Trains – 1
Passengers per Train – 20
Ride Duration – 2m 52s
Theme Park – Fantasy Island
Year Opened – 2002

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5 – Millennium @ Fantasy Island 46m

Millennium was built to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium but despite its name, was opened in May 1999. It was Fantasy Island’s first “Extreme Thrill Ride”, and circles the Pyramid which is the centrepiece of the park. Featuring three inversions, riders experience two loops and a sidewinder. Millennium finishes in a low helix, which swoops down to a level just above head height of those in the amusement park, frequently startling the unsuspecting public. Some of Millennium Roller Coaster’s track is intertwined with The Odyssey, providing some Headchoppers, especially when near The Odyssey’s supports.

Fantasy Island - The Millennium
The Millennium at Fantasy Island

Top Speed – 90km/h 56mph
Original Cost – £15m
Est Cost Today – £27.5m
Length – 2736ft 834m
Height – 150ft 46m
Manufacturer – Vekoma
Type – Steel
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 3
G-Force – Unknown
Trains – 1
Passengers per Train – 28
Ride Duration – 1m 50s
Theme Park – Fantasy Island
Year Opened – 1999

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6 – The Swarm @ Thorpe Park 38m

The Swarm is a steel Wing Coaster at Thorpe Park. As with all Wing Coasters, the seats of the ride are located on either side of the track meaning that riders are completely suspended in mid-air with nothing above or below them.

The Swarm - Thorpe Park Resort
The Swarm at Thorpe Park Resort

Top Speed – 92km/h 57mph
Cost – £20m
Est Cost Today – £25m
Length – 2543ft 775m
Height – 127ft 38m
Manufacturer – Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M)
Type – Steel Wing Coaster
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 4
G-Force – 4.5g
Trains – 2
Passengers per Train – 28
Ride Duration – 1m 15s
Theme Park – Thorpe Park
Year Opened – 2012

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7 – Wipeout @ Pleasurewood Hills 37m

Formerly named The Missile at American Adventure, the ride was relocated to Pleasurewood Hills and renamed Wipeout when The American Adventure sadly closed in 2005. The roller coaster is a boomerang ride wherein the train is taken backwards up a lift hill. Once at the top of the lift hill, the train is released and picks up speed, racing back through the ride station and traversing a cobra roll and a vertical loop before climbing a 2nd lift hill adjacent to the main one. The ride then repeats the entire sequence of events backwards, which is why it is named a boomerang-style roller coaster.

Wipeout - Pleasurewood Hills
Wipeout at Pleasurewood Hills

Top Speed – 80km/h 50mph
Cost – £1m est
Length – 935ft 285m
Height – 120ft 37m
Manufacturer – Vekoma
Type – Steel Shuttle Boomerang
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 6 (3 forwards and 3 backwards)
G-Force – 5.2g
Trains – 1
Passengers per Train – 28
Ride Duration – 1m 48s
Theme Park – Pleasurewood Hills
Year Opened – 2007

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8 – The Wave @ Drayton Manor 36m

Originally opened as Shockwave opened in 1994, the ride was Europe’s only stand-up rollercoaster. Riders remained on their feet as they travelled through four inversions including a loop, zero-gravity roll and two corkscrews.

In 2024 a new train was added where riders sit down in order to lower the rides height limit and make it more family friendly. As part of this change the ride was renamed The Wave.

The Wave at Drayton Manor

Top Speed – 85km/h 53mph
Original Cost – £4m
Est Cost Today – £8.5m
Length – 1640ft 500m
Height – 120ft 36m
Manufacturer – Intamin
Type – Steel
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 4
G-Force – 4.0
Trains – 2
Passengers per Train – 24
Ride Duration – 1m 36s
Theme Park – Drayton Manor
Year Opened – 1994 (as Shockwave) 2024 (as The Wave)

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9 – Kumali @ Flamingo Land 35m

Kumali features a unique custom layout and a breathtaking top speed of 56mph. Featuring a total of four inversions, riders experience up to 4.7g. The ride features an 87-foot tall loop, 55-foot Zero-G roll, a Cobra Roll and Boomerang, which is suspended over a lake at a height of 75 feet.

Kumali - Flamingo Land Resort
Kumali at Flamingo Land Resort

Top Speed – 90km/h 56mph
Original Cost – £6m
Est Cost Today – £9m
Length – 2202ft 671m
Height – 117ft 35m
Manufacturer – Vekoma
Type – Steel Inverted
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 4
G-Force – 4.2
Trains – 2
Passengers per Train – 20
Ride Duration – 1m 32s
Theme Park – Flamingo Land Resort
Year Opened – 2006

Attractions Near Me – Flamingo Land Resort
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10 – Speed @ Oakwood 35m

Speed is the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in Wales. The ride is the UK’s original beyond-vertical-drop roller coaster, and it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. Speed features a 90-degree chain lift hill and a 97-degree first drop.

Oakwood Theme Park - Speed:No Limits
Speed at Oakwood Theme Park

Top Speed – 95km/h 59mph
Cost – £3m
Est Cost Today – £4.5m
Length – 1970ft 600m
Height – 115ft 35m
Manufacturer – Gerstlauer
Type – Steel Euro-Fighter
Lift/Launch – Vertical Chain Lift Hill
Inversions – 2
G-Force – 4.5g
Trains – Unknown
Passengers per Train – 8
Ride Duration – 1m 30s
Theme Park – Oakwood
Year Opened – 2006 (as Speed:No Limits) 2019 (as Speed)

Discover more about Speed at the Oakwood Theme Park Official Website!

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Tallest Roller Coasters in the UK was last modified: March 28th, 2024 by Dan

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I am passionate about Theme Parks and Attractions. I love riding roller coasters and thrill rides. With two young boys I understand how expensive family days out can be and this was one of the main driving forces behind Attractions Near me. My aim is to help you and your friends enjoy some great days out without costing the earth. Thanks for reading and have a great time - Regards Dan

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