Alton Towers Top Tips
The main white-knuckle rides can be very busy when Alton Towers opens first thing in the morning, so if you wait until later in the day to ride those, you might save yourself some queuing.
There's a lot to do at Alton Towers - probably more than you can fit into a single day - but you can get a two-day ticket for much less than the price of two one-day tickets - it's a bit of a bargain.
Big fan of Alton Towers? They do an Annual Pass which works out great value if you go more than three times a year. Having one is a great excuse to go more often!
You can cram more rides into your day by buying a Fastrack ticket - there are various different types that let you bypass the main queue at different rides.
If you're planning to spend more than one day at Alton Towers, or simply want to get an early start, there are two hotels on site: Splash Landings, and the Alton Towers Hotel.
Staying at one of that Alton Towers hotels usually means you can get onto the rides an hour before everyone else - but this varies during the year, so check before you book.
The Alton Towers Opening Times vary during the year with late night opening on some days, so make sure you check them before you go.
If you're much smaller than average (or much, err, larger) be aware that most rides have height restrictions, and some have girth restrictions too. Check the signs at each ride.
Alton Towers is so busy that it's easy to get separated from the kids. Why not go to Guest Services at the start of your day, and pick up one of the free ID wrist bands for the children.
Alton Towers have introduced Single Rider queues on some rides, which might save you some time if you don't mind not sitting with the rest of your group (or wouldn't be seen dead with them!).
If you download a map of Alton Towers from their website before you go, you can plan ahead and not waste valuable ride time figuring out where to go on the day.
The tropical Waterpark at Alton Towers isn't included within your ticket price - it's effectively a separate attraction - but it's well worth visiting.