This article was updated by the Great British Mag editorial team on 11 May 2021.

If you’re looking for some thrills, Britain’s theme parks are great places to spend a summer’s day. Here’s our guide to ten best theme parks in the UK and the reasons you’ll love them.

1. Flamingo Land Resort, North Yorkshire

Flip Flop at Flamingo Land Resort, one of the best theme parks in the UK.
Flip Flop at Flamingo Land Resort

They take their thrills seriously at Flamingo Land. If you survive the Cliff Hanger – a vertical drop ride that does its very best to simulate the feeling of jumping from a building – the Flip Flop will send you swinging, rotating (and probably screaming) over a lake. 

Cost: Online tickets start at £34

2. Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire

Drenched at Oakwood Theme Park, one of the best theme parks in the UK.
Drenched at Oakwood Theme Park

Oakwood is the biggest theme park in Wales and is home to some of the fastest and most extreme, stomach churning rides, including Megafobia which has been voted the best wooden roller-coaster ride in the UK a number times and has devotees around the world!

Cost: Online tickets from £26 or £18 with student ID

3. M&D’s, Strathclyde

White water at M&D's, one of the best theme parks in the UK. M&D's also the only indoor tropical rainforest in Scotland.

Visit Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and creepy crawlies! Then have a giggle in the ‘Glow in the dark’ indoor bowling and indulge in seven rides that will make your palms sweaty.

Cost: Online tickets start from £18.45

4. Alton Towers, Staffordshire 

Ripsaw at Alton Tower, one of the best theme parks in the UK. This massive park is home to some seriously frightening rides.
PC: Roger Blake

This massive park is home to some seriously frightening rides such as Rita, a rollercoaster that has earned the nickname “The Queen of Speed”. It accelerates to 60mph in 2.5 seconds from a standing start. If you still need more thrills try Oblivion, a 20-metre high vertical drop roller coaster that lives up to its name.

Cost: Tickets start at £33

5. Thorpe Park, Surrey

Colossus at Thorpe Park, one of the best theme parks in the UK.
Colossus at Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is probably Britain’s scariest theme park. Built on an island in an artificial lake it offers a bunch of aquatic-themed rides including Tidal Wave, Colossus and Nemesis Inferno. Another big attraction is Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, a high-tech version of the fairground rides that terrified generations of British children. 

Cost:  Tickets start from £30

6. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool

Blackpool pleasure park, one of the best theme parks in the UK.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

This theme park is home to the UK’s tallest rollercoaster, looping coaster and suspended looping coaster – so if you are an adrenaline junkie then this one if for you.

Cost: Tickets start at £27

7. Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington 

Dragon's Fury at Chessington World of Adventures, one of the best theme parks in the UK.
Dragon’s Fury at Chessington World of Adventures

You can combine a visit to this theme park with a visit to Chessington’s famous zoo (home to more than 1,000 animals) – but the thing to do at Chessington is to challenge yourself to go on the Dragon’s Fury spinning coaster that has a vertical turn.

Cost: Tickets start at £28

8. Crealy Adventure Park, Devon

Crealy Adventure Park is one of the best theme parks in the UK.
Crealy Adventure Park
 

Beautiful English countryside and some fun rides: what’s not to like? Crealy Adventure Park is home to the 12-metre high Twister rollercoaster offering 310-metres of twists and turns. It also offers more soggy thrills in the form of the Tidal Wave log flume, which drops you and your fellow riders 40-feet into a pool of water.

Cost: Tickets start at £16

9. Gulliver’s World, Buckinghamshire 

The Antelope at Gulliver's World, one of the best theme parks in the UK.
The Antelope at Gulliver’s World, 
 

Gulliver was the guy who found himself towering over the locals in the kingdom of Lilliput. We’re not sure exactly what that has to do with this theme park in Warrington, but there’s fun to be had nonetheless. Make sure you take a ride on the Antelope, one of only two wooden roller coasters to be built in the UK in the past 50 years. It’s old school, but still offers plenty of thrills.

Cost: Tickets start at £17

10. Legoland, Berkshire – England

Lego pirate at Legoland. The park features eye-popping creations such as Knights Kingdom, Pirate Shores and Kingdom of the Pharaohs. 
Lego pirate at Legoland

Most of us grew up playing with the colourful little bricks from Denmark, so a trip to Legoland is a bit like reverting to childhood. However, Lego is a lot more sophisticated nowadays (make sure you download the official Legoland app before you go) and you’ll be able to wander through eye-popping creations such as Knights Kingdom, Pirate Shores and Kingdom of the Pharaohs. 

Cost: Tickets start at £32

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