Alton Towers is the most popular theme park in the UK. It's location near the village of Alton in Staffordshire is the former house and country estate of the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury and his descendents.
The Gothic stately home was built in 1811 but now lies in ruins. The gardens however have survived and been well looked after by subsequent owners. In fact Alton Towers is fortunate to have such a wonderful backdrop to its amusement park rides and entertainment. With over 2.6 million visitors a year Alton Towers offers a wide range of entertainment attractions to suit all ages.
In additon to all the well known rides there is the Alton Towers Hotel, Splash Landings Hotel, a Golf and Conference Centre and a Waterpark Spa. The current owners are Merlin Entertainments who also own famous brand names such as Madame Tussauds. They are the worlds largest entertainment company after Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.