Pickle says…. This week, I was lucky enough to visit Alton Towers for the first time. I was particularly excited about seeing CBeebies Land and all the character rides there. It is biggest theme park in the UK, and really expensive, but Mummy has some top tips to save money at Alton Towers…
- Do not buy your tickets on the gate. Book via the website for discounts. We stayed at Sandybrook Country Park in nearby Ashbourne and they had discounted tickets at reception. Instead of £55 per adult, Mummy paid £33.50.
- If you plan on visiting more than twice a year, an annual pass will save you money.
- Check Kellogs cereal packets (and periodically other products) for Buy one Ticket Get One Free offers. Websites like Money Saving Expert have the current offers listed too.
- At the entrance, buy a souvenir mug for £5 and have it filled with a hot drink throughout the park for only £1 per refill all day! This offer included Costa Coffee hot drinks. There is a similar offer for cold drinks too, the cup is £7 but refills are free.
- The toys (as in all theme parks) are really expensive. Buy your child’s favourite character toy outside of the park and bring it in with you to give after a ride.
Parking is £6 and unavoidable. It is a good 15-20 minute walk to the park entrance. Express Parking is £16 and less than a five minute walk. There is no where nearby to park to avoid paying the charges.
Download the free park app for the current ride queue times and lots of useful information.
Even with discounts it cost Mummy £125 for the four of us for a one day ticket. Make sure you plan to arrive at the park opening time and stay till the close if you can, to make the most of the day.
Have you visited Alton Towers? Do you have any tips or money saving ideas to add?