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    Is it possible to do Alton Towers in one day?

    Me and my boyfriend want to go to Alton Towers in the next few months but after looking at the cost of one night at either of the Alton Towers hotels, it looks like we will just be going for the day. Not really ideal as we are about a five hours drive away but we are saving for our holiday so can't afford to spend £250 on a day at a theme park and a night at a hotel!

    We have found a coach company that does day excursions to Alton Towers for about £50 (travel and entrance ticket) each so we are probably going to do that.

    However, I am a little dubious if it is possible to "do" Alton Towers in one day?

    Can anyone give me any advice!?

    Thanks

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    Yes of course you can do it in a day - it's not that big

    Supermod

    On a weekend? No.

    On a "school day?". Yes.

    Banned

    Yeah you can easily get round in a day. You might not get on all the rides in a day but if you know the rides you want to go on in advance you can plan it. Weekdays can still be fairly bad as there are always dozens of schools trips every day, avoid end of term times.

    and if it looks really busy and you want to do the big 5 buy the queue buster.

    Clubcard deals will get you entry at 1/4 of teh cost ie £5 in vouchers = £20 towards tickets. Thats what we do the money we saved on tickets we set aside incase we want to queue bust

    we went for the day and did the majority of it but a few rides had queues which where 2/3 hours wait so didnt do them as woulnt end up doing much if we waited. id recommend you go in the week while kids are at school as it be less busy too

    whatsThePoint;8239511

    If you want to get there early drive to a motorway service station nearby … If you want to get there early drive to a motorway service station nearby the night before and get a few hours sleep there




    We used to park in the grounds by the security gate at goods in not sure if they will still let you do that, im going back about 10 years now since i last did it !

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    there are loads of good campsites close by so that could be another option for you - one or two have pubs etc on them

    steph

    there is a caravan park nearby which is quite cheap.It's called Star Caravan Park [url]www.starcaravanpark.co.uk[/url]

    book a travelodge 29 quid thing about half an hour away and youll wazz it on a weekday, go a couple of weeks after easter and no kids will be on trips, well ok not many!!!

    rita rocks!!!!

    Going on the 10th,11th,12th, staying at travelodge ashbourne £9 anight. Anyone got any tips on what to do first to beat the queues.Do you get there early to get front of queue as in legoland,chessington.First time in 20years to alton towers and first time for the kids, hope we have a great time.

    Banned

    Thanks for posting this thread.

    We are going to Alton Towers in May.

    We will probably stay over the night before and make a day of it.

    Original Poster

    Well the excursion company we have been looking at currently has three dates, two in May and one in June. I think they are all on a Monday.

    Ideally, I would like to drive up there and stay the night but we have never been so it seems a bit daunting as it is a fair way which is why we thought the coach might be better as at least my boyfriend can rest after the long day rather than face a five hour drive home.

    Personally I wouldnt like to go on a coach trip, not sure about the time you would arrive, and you would have to leave around 4ish which is not the whole day. Check that out

    Staying in the Alton Towers Hotel really makes the trip and is worth every penny in my opinion. 2 days is ideal in AT, I have stayed there 4 before and there was'nt enough to do! It can be done in one day but drive if you can, you will enjoy it more and the ride home wont be so cramped on a coach.

    Drive there,..

    If you go on a coach, you have no control over what time you will arrive there, if your 5 hours away, i cant see the coach setting off at 4 am to get you there to the parks entrance for the opening time..

    plus... is that 5 hours on a coach, or 5 hours in a car.,... i would expect its another hour or so at least on the coach,...

    Plus stops for toilet breaks, driver change, and waiting for them lost passengers!

    Go in the car.. set off early or stay in a travel lodge within 15 miles and drive down in the morning.... and enjoy!

    What date you looking at going at??

    Im sure we could help look for a cheap hotel!

    Rick

    Travelodge as suggested will be your best bet & they have £19 rooms svailable for some dates ( you've missed out on the £9 rooms )

    Original Poster

    RickT;8240257

    What date you looking at going at??Im sure we could help look for a cheap … What date you looking at going at??Im sure we could help look for a cheap hotel!Rick



    I have just been on the phone to my boyfriend trying to convince him we should drive up there and I think I am starting to get through to him. I personally don't like the idea of a coach but for us to drive, we would need to stay overnight somewhere or it just isn't possible.

    We are probably looking at going sometime during April 26th - April 30th as that is when we next have time off.

    Yes +1 for the travellodge. Both Uttoxeter and Ashbourne are only a 15 min drive away.

    kimbyanne;8240341

    I have just been on the phone to my boyfriend trying to convince him we … I have just been on the phone to my boyfriend trying to convince him we should drive up there and I think I am starting to get through to him. I personally don't like the idea of a coach but for us to drive, we would need to stay overnight somewhere or it just isn't possible. We are probably looking at going sometime during April 26th - April 30th as that is when we next have time off.





    Its £29 a night @ TRAVEL LODGE - Stafford Central

    Travelodge Stafford Central Hotel

    Hough Retail Park
    Lichfield Road
    Stafford Hough
    ST17 4ER

    22.8 miles - as per AA route planner.

    Or Ashbourne for £39

    Are you coming from the North or South of Alton Towers?

    for Mon, Tues, Wed's, Thurs (non refundable room rate)

    Rick

    databar;8239828

    Going on the 10th,11th,12th, staying at travelodge ashbourne £9 anight. … Going on the 10th,11th,12th, staying at travelodge ashbourne £9 anight. Anyone got any tips on what to do first to beat the queues.Do you get there early to get front of queue as in legoland,chessington.First time in 20years to alton towers and first time for the kids, hope we have a great time.



    I assume that's April so school easter hols. Your best bet is to get there when it opens, do the most popular rides first, spend from about mid-day onwards on the less popular rides - Oblivion is worth a few goes and can be quick if you use single rider queue (assuming it's still there!). You'll probably have had enough by mid-afternoon so give up then so you're still looking forward to the next day.

    If you fancy a day away from Alton, try the National Tramways Museum at Crich, fairly cheap and an interesting place to visit

    Original Poster

    RickT;8240439

    Its £29 a night @ TRAVEL LODGE - Stafford CentralTravelodge Stafford … Its £29 a night @ TRAVEL LODGE - Stafford CentralTravelodge Stafford Central HotelHough Retail ParkLichfield RoadStafford HoughST17 4ER22.8 miles - as per AA route planner.Or Ashbourne for £39Are you coming from the North or South of Alton Towers?for Mon, Tues, Wed's, Thurs (non refundable room rate)Rick



    We will be coming from Norwich, just looking at the RAC Route Planner it is just under 200 miles and about a four hour drive.

    If we don't go in April we will probably leave it til September as we don't fancy travelling all that way and it being horrendously busy!

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8240383

    Yes +1 for the travellodge. Both Uttoxeter and Ashbourne are only a 15 … Yes +1 for the travellodge. Both Uttoxeter and Ashbourne are only a 15 min drive away.



    I'd avoid Travelodge Uttoxeter - it's the noisiest Travelodge I've ever stayed in - no soundproofing and about 10 yards from the A50 with 24/7 HGV traffic! :x

    There are some lovely guest houses near Alton Towers, check some of them out. I dont know the names, but if you google Towers Times forums they will have some for you to look at, sometimes are better than Lodges, and the brekky is lush!
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