UK Rollercoasters with the most Inversions 5/5 (6)

Alton Towers Resort - The Smiler

This is a listing of the Top 10 Roller Coasters with the most inversions in the UK. There are some amazing roller coasters in our UK theme parks. If you are a true thrill seeker then read on to find out which roller coasters in the UK go upside down the most times.



14 Inversions

The Smiler @ Alton Towers Resort

The Smiler - Alton Towers
The Smiler – Alton Towers Resort

The Smiler at Alton Towers features a World Record-Breaking 14 inversions. Despite occupying a very small footprint, the thrilling ride is split into two halves with two lift hills allowing for a long track which entwines with itself throughout the ride. The first half of the ride features a regular chain lift hill. The second half of the ride commences with a vertical lift-hill, which both helps to save on space and increases the thrill level. It makes for a great ride when multiple trains are all out on the track at the same time.

Alton Towers Short Breaks
The Smiler Statistics

Top Speed – 85km/h 52mph
Cost – £18m
Length – 3838ft 11700m
Height – 98ft 30m
Manufacturer – Gerstlauer
Type – Steel Infinity Coaster
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift and Vertical Lift Hill
Inversions – 14
G-Force – 4.5g
Trains – 4
Passengers per Train – 16
Ride Duration – 2m 45s
Theme Park – Alton Towers Resort
Year Opened – 2013

Attractions Near Me – Alton Towers Resort
Alton Towers Resort Official Website


10 Inversions

Sik @ Flamingo Land Resort

Sik - Flamingo Land Resort
Sik – Flamingo Land Resort

In joint 2nd place is Sik at Flamingo Land Resort. Experience the fantastic £18m Thrill Ride which features 10 inversions and only lap bars.

Sik Statistics

Top Speed – 87km/h 54mph
Original Cost – £18m
Est Cost Today – £18m
Length – 2870ft 875m
Height – 108ft 33m
Manufacturer – Intamin
Type – Steel
Lift/Launch – Cable Lift
Inversions – 10
G-Force – 3.0
Trains – 1
Passengers per Train – 24
Ride Duration – 48s
Theme Park – Flamingo Land Resort
Year Opened – 2022

Attractions Near Me – Flamingo Land Resort
Flamingo Land Resort Official Website


10 Inversions

Colossus @ Thorpe Park Resort

Colossus at Thorpe Park Resort
Colossus at Thorpe Park Resort

Colossus is located at Thorpe Park in Surrey. The £13.5m Thrill Ride set the Record for being the first roller coaster in the World with ten inversions. Colossus retained its title of having more inversions than any other roller coaster in the world until 2013 when The Smiler with 14 inversions opened at Alton Towers.

Colossus Statistics

Top Speed – 72km/h 45mph
Original Cost – £13.5m
Est Cost Today – £23m
Length – 2789ft 850m
Height – 98ft 30m
Manufacturer – Intamin
Type – Steel
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 10
G-Force – 4.2g
Trains – 2
Passengers per Train – 28
Ride Duration – 1m 32s
Theme Park – Thorpe Park
Year Opened – 2002

Attractions Near Me – Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park Official Website

Thorpe Park Resort Short Breaks

6 Inversions

Wipeout @ Pleasurewood Hills

Wipeout - Pleasurewood Hills
Wipeout – Pleasurewood Hills

Wipeout previously operated as 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 a boomerang-style roller coaster.

Wipeout Statistics

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

Attractions Near Me – Pleasurewood Hills
Pleasurewood Hills Official Website


5 Inversions

The Odyssey @ Fantasy Island

The Odyssey - Fantasy Island
The Odyssey – Fantasy Island

The Odyssey is located at Fantasy Island in Lincolnshire. Formerly known as The Jubilee Odyssey, this large inverted steel roller coaster was originally planned to be 265 foot tall, which would have made it the tallest Inverted Coaster in the world. Unfortunately, these plans were scrapped due to complaints from local residents, limiting the height of the ride to 167 foot.

The Odyssey Statistics

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

Attractions Near Me – Fantasy Island
Fantasy Island Official Website


5 Inversions

Infusion @ Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Infusion - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Infusion – Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Infusion was relocated from Pleasureland Southport, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s sister park when Pleasureland closed in 2005. Previously known as the Traumatizer, the ride was dismantled and moved to its current location where it reopened in 2007. Infusion was built and manufactured by Vekoma Rides, it is one of many standard model SLC’s (Suspended Looping Coasters) found in amusement parks around the world. The main difference with Infusion is that it is built entirely over water. Riders are seated in eight rows of two for a total of 16 passengers per train with 2 trains being operated at any given time. Most Vekoma SLC’s are capable of running up to 10 cars on each train, however, Vekoma modelled Infusion with only 8 cars to make the ride both smoother and faster. The ride can carry up to 832 riders per hour when both trains are in operation. Infusion is decorated with water jets and fountains and at night is illuminated by floodlights.

Infusion Statistics

Top Speed – 80km/h 50mph
Original Cost – £8m
Est Cost Today – £12m
Length – 2260ft 688m
Height – 109ft 33m
Manufacturer – Vekoma
Type – Steel Inverted
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 5
G-Force – 4.5
Trains – 2
Passengers per Train – 16
Ride Duration – 1m 36s
Theme Park – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Year Opened – 2007 (1999 as Traumatizer)

Attractions Near Me – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Official Website


4 Inversions

Nemesis @ Alton Towers Resort

Nemesis - Alton Towers Resort
Nemesis – Alton Towers Resort

Back in the 1990s, most designers were building big, plain roller coasters. John Wardley wanted to create something cleverer, better, and more dramatic. He decided to make Nemesis, at Alton Towers, Europe’s first inverted roller coaster, with a truly thrilling storyline to go with it.

Alton Towers Short Breaks
Nemesis Statistics

Top Speed – 80km/h 50mph
Original Cost – £10m
Est Cost Today – £21m
Length – 2349ft 716m
Height – 42ft 13m
Manufacturer – Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M)
Type – Steel Inverted
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 4
G-Force – 4.0
Trains – 3
Passengers per Train – 28
Ride Duration – 1m 20s
Theme Park – Alton Towers Resort
Year Opened – 1994

Ride Elements: 2 Corkscrews, Heartline Roll, Vertical Loop

Attractions Near Me – Alton Towers Resort
Alton Towers Resort Official Website


4 Inversions

Kumali @ Flamingo Land

Kumali - Flamingo Land Resort
Kumali – Flamingo Land Resort

Kumali is located at Flamingo Land Resort in North Yorkshire. The £6m Thrill Ride which opened in 2006 is named after the alpha male of Flamingo Land zoo’s lion pride.

The thrilling roller coaster 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 Statistics

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

Ride Elements: Chain Lift Hill, Loop, Cobra Roll, Zero-G Roll

Attractions Near Me – Flamingo Land Resort
Flamingo Land Resort Official Website


4 Inversions

Nemesis Inferno @ Thorpe Park Resort

Nemesis Inferno
Nemesis Inferno

Nemesis Inferno is located at Thorpe Park in Surrey. The ride is themed around an erupting tropical volcano, the layout was conceived and designed by John Wardley and built by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), the same combination that brought us Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers Resort. As a result, Nemesis and Nemesis Inferno are often compared.

Nemesis Inferno Statistics

Top Speed – 80km/h 50mph
Cost – £8m
Est Cost Today – £13.5
Length – 2360ft 750m
Height – 95ft 29m
Manufacturer – Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M)
Type – Steel Inverted
Lift/Launch – Chain Lift
Inversions – 4
G-Force – 4.3g
Trains – 2
Passengers per Train – 28
Ride Duration – 1m 43s
Theme Park – Thorpe Park
Year Opened – 2003

Attractions Near Me – Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park Official Website

Thorpe Park Resort Short Breaks

4 Inversions

Shockwave @ Drayton Manor

Shockwave - Drayton Manor
Shockwave – Drayton Manor
Shockwave Statistics

Shockwave is located at Drayton Manor in Staffordshire. The £4m Thrill Ride is the UK’s first and only Standup Roller Coaster. It is also the only stand-up roller coaster with a zero-gravity roll ever made.

Top Speed – 85km/h 53mph
Original Cost – £4m
Est Cost Today – £8.5m
Length – 1640ft 500m
Height – 120ft 36m
Manufacturer – Intamin
Type – Steel Stand-up
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

Inversions – Vertical Loop, Zero-G Roll, Double Corkscrew

Attractions Near Me – Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor Official Website
Christmas at Drayton Manor Review


4 Inversions

The Swarm @ Thorpe Park Resort

The Swarm is located at Thorpe Park in Surrey. The £20m Thrill Ride is the UK’s first and only Roller Coaster of this type, referred to as a Wing Coaster. The Swarm tells the story of an alien attack on London, featuring excellent ride theming and interaction with the ride elements.

The Swarm Statistics

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

Attractions Near Me – Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park Official Website

Thorpe Park Resort Short Breaks

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UK Rollercoasters with the most Inversions was last modified: May 19th, 2024 by Dan

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