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Alton Towers vs Drayton Manor

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Going away to Drayton Manor in June and we were thinking about arranging a 2 day stay, but entry is gonna cost £140 alone.

We're now contemplating 1 day at DM and one day at AT, (using the 2 for 1's) but would AT be suitable for a 5 year old and 2 adults (who dont really like the big big rides)
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#1
I'd say stick to Drayton Manor.
#2
we have a 5yr old and my son loves both drayton mannor and alton towers, i would say do 1 day at each they have rides for the kiddies at AT and rides for kiddies and parents, i too dont like the big rides and as parents you dont tend to go on them anyway with the kiddies. i think you would be bored doing drayton mannor twice and as you say its so expensive, alton towers always seems bigger but thats because the rides are spread out drayton mannor everything is in one place. apart from thomas land for the 5yr old i would say prob only a couple more rides they could go on whereas alton towers at least you have the entertainment. i am an expert on theme parks lol my son loves them, have you thought about guillivers in milton keyenes so GREAT for kids and no older kids around and long queues even on bank holidays i would rate that over both the above theme parks loads of rides and adults can go on them all, such a good family day out.
#3
i,ll second Gullivers
#4
We went to both last summer. We have 5 kids 12,6,5, 2 and a baby.

The 12 year old loved alton towers but the younger ones thought drayton manor was better but there are still lots of rides for them at Alton towers too. We bought a thrill hopper pass for the family for £100(off ebay) for 2 adults and 2 children plus a single ticket(off website) for £45. This gets you into to Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Snowdome and Waterworld which is great value for money. We didn't use the snowdome but went to waterworld which is just a big swimming pool with flumes and slides etc. It's was ok.

here is a link to the website

http://www.thrillhopper.com/
#5
I've seen that Vicky, thanks a lot - not sure how it works..

Is it like a book of tickets, 1 for each venue or could i use it for Drayton Manor twice?
#6
Disco
I've seen that Vicky, thanks a lot - not sure how it works..

Is it like a book of tickets, 1 for each venue or could i use it for Drayton Manor twice?


One use only at each place. You get a kinda of credit card that has the 4 places marked on each corner and when you present at the ticket desk they cut it or punch the relevant place and issue you your tickets.
#7
ah rite.. £130.00 for the card I see, but we'll only use the DM and AT entry/tickets

Comparing that to discounts that knocking about at present

DM - £22 each (x3) = £66, PLUS
AT - £17 x 2 + £12 = £46

£112, so this is slighty cheaper then the card, unless the other entry would sell ?
#8
It was the cheapest option for us but not working out that way for you if you are not going to use the other places. We were away a week so we did use 3 out of the 4.
#9
Drayton manor zoo is good as well. They also have a big adventure playground at the other side of the zoo and then you can get the train back. I was very suprised that it doesn't stay open late at nights and shuts at 6pm I think.
Thomasland is always busy though so a lot of queing is required and patience. LOL.
#10
just for future notice..

ANYONE can use ANY tesco clubcard Voucher - even if it DOES NOT belong to you.

Morning

If you have Tesco vouchers then you can bring to use them for our park. It does not matter if your surname is not stated on the voucher. Just making sure the Tesco vouchers state ONE DAY ENTRY.

If you still need extra tickets then still pre booking your tickets will be the best option. Cash or card payments can only be used if you are wanting to visit again, second day passes cannot be brought with Tesco vouchers.

Thanks
Donna
#11
both as good as each other, we go alton towers like 2-3 times every year but went drayton last year for 1st time and was a nice change.
we also went lightwater valley which wasn't great for big rides but if you can get cheap tix's worth going for the day
#12
I don't think AT is really suitable for younger children, yes there are rides for them but not enough. I always come away a little disappointed at the children not going on enough meanwhile we can't go on the bigger rides because they can't and don't wan t o stand in a 1 hour queue away from them.

DM is much more geared towards younger children and less scary rides, as well as a zoo.

I would put Gulliver's at Warrington above AT for youger children too and not such a rip off as the other two.
#13
ANDYWOODY01
both as good as each other, we go alton towers like 2-3 times every year but went drayton last year for 1st time and was a nice change.
we also went lightwater valley which wasn't great for big rides but if you can get cheap tix's worth going for the day


yea, we go to LWV now and again (only 1 hours drive from home) - Tix are £14.95 each but im sure there are 3for2s knocking about.

Now that i've found out about Tesco CC Vouchers we man now still go to DM for a couple of days ... Now, where to get my hands on some Tesco CC Vouchers :whistling::oops::thumbsup:

PS: Dont say Tescos lol

greg_68
I don't think AT is really suitable for younger children, yes there are rides for them but not enough. DM is much more geared towards younger children and less scary rides, as well as a zoo. I would put Gulliver's at Warrington above AT for youger children too and not such a rip off as the other two.


As above, we'll properly opt for DM for 2 days, but i've been looking at AT website and there seems a canny few rides for kids (we have a 5 year old) and families also. Debating AT actually as entry can be had for £17 Adult, £12 kid (thats half of DM entry!)
#14
^^^ you could buy them off ebay then and use them?

They go for about 40-60% of their value so you could theoretically get in for half price?
#15
for those that have never been AT and have smallish kids be warned there can be a lot of walking to get between the big rides
#16
greg_68
^^^ you could buy them off ebay then and use them?

They go for about 40-60% of their value so you could theoretically get in for half price?


i've looked at the bay mate and theres two lots on there for around £30 (atm, saving £14 as you can pre-book for £22 each so thats a start. Not going til June so plenty of time - just wont shop enough at Tescos' before May to justify receiving enough TCC points to exchange)
#17
just managed to get 568 points thanks to the tesco's thread - hopefully they will come through in time :thumbsup:

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