Planning a trip for the family to visit Britain's largest theme park? You'll want to know the best places to stay near Alton Towers and we've rounded up the loveliest spots - from family-friendly hotels to affordable places with hot tubs.
As one of the most-visited theme parks in the UK, Alton Towers Resort offers one of the best family holidays in the UK, as well as a place to take the kids before they grow up. It's home to CBeebies Land for the little ones, a host of rollercoasters like Wicker Man and The Smiler for thrill-seeking teens and restaurants and a spa the adults will love.
It may seem like a little world in itself, with its rollercoasters and other rides, a water park, hotel complex and more, but the Alton Towers Resort happens to be surrounded by some of central Britain’s loveliest countryside, in the form of the Staffordshire Moors and the Peak District.
A trip to the Alton Towers Resort doesn’t have to be about staying on-site and full immersion in the theme-park furore. There's an array of hotels and self-catering properties close by that allow you to make the most of your time here.
You could combine the theme park with days out exploring the region’s rivers and ravines, its epic walking and cycling trails on blissfully uncrowded disused rail lines, and its country estates – the latter including iconic Chatsworth House.
At beautiful Chatsworth House, there is a farmyard, adventure playground and a roster of family-friendly events throughout the year, including Bonfire Night fireworks spectaculars and a Christmas market.
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