As theme parks the world over stand, Drayton Manor is a solid choice. It is definitely a local theme park, but with enough action and adventure to please all ye swashbucklers!
Tickets aren't cheap, but they aren't astronomical either -- £28 is a full price adult's tickets. If you do one of their Family Saver Deals, you'll probably only end up paying £22, which, for a full day of fun, including lions, tigers and bears, oh my! is probably worth it.
Drayton Manor has all the theme park staples -- large log cabin-style water ride, upside down ferris wheel, twisty turny sick-making huge roller coaster, etc.
But then it all gets interesting. Firstly, for kids (and adults -- you know you loved Thomas as a child) there's Thomas Land, full of all sorts of Thomas the Tank Engine themed rides, attractions and fun. The Fat Controller can be seen walking around, looking at his pocket watch and taking photos with kids.
Then there's the zoo (that was the lions, tigers and bears, oh MY! bit, in case you didn't get it), full of the aforementioned animals, and loads more. Whether you agree with zoos or not, this is a pretty good one, and has a unique collection of worldwide animals.
At the Discovery Centre, there are talks on wildlife and ecology and a man playing round with a boa constricter, which kids absolutely adore. All the talks I've heard have been informative but really fun and accessible for kids.
During Christmas, Drayton Manor really lay on the charm, with old Victorian Christmas villages, ice skating, Christmas-themed shows and food, and a sparkling winter wonderland of snow and millions of fairy lights. It's truly magical.
Great theme park, with a great selection of rides for young and old.
Recent addition is Thomasland, which is great for those with younger children.
Drayton Manor is a theme park based in Staffordshire and really has attraction that will appeal to everyone. I haven't been to Drayton Manor for years and it was like a distant memory from my childhood. Booking online was really very simple and cost £23, which I consider at decent price considering the amount of attractions they have. I don't know if the price is different at the gate though.
Right, the park itself. I love the big thrill rides so always do them first. My three top rides are; the Apocalypse, a stand up tower drop ride (there is a sit down option as well) it takes a few minutes to reach the top but seconds to get back down again, awesome. The ride tilts you forward slightly to improve the experience. Secondly the Maelstrom, which is a big swing ride that is very cool. My favourite of the thrill rides is Storm Force 10, my friends and I sat on the back seat and when it forces you backwards you get soaked, brilliant fun though! On a separate note, there is also a carousel, how old school is that!!
For the children there is Thomas Land, which I'm not an expert on but seems to get great reviews with the children. There is also a zoo which provides a great interlude from the thrill rides, especially if you need to dry off from Storm Force 10. There is a wide range of animals, loving the monkey by the way, to keep everyone amused.
Overall Drayton Manor is a great day out that the whole family can really enjoy, there is also quite a lot and I would argue it is not an expensive day when there is so much on offer. Food at the park is pretty good, I know I'll definitely be going back.
I love this place especially when they have firework shows near october november. Prices are expensive but well worth it.
Its a really nice place to go with the family. they have a zoo aswell.
If you know any child who loves thomas the tank engine its a must they have a whole area devoted to thomas!
They have really big rides and little rides. Something for everyone.
They have a really good drink offer of big bottle and you pay like 5 pound for it and can get it filled as many times as you like.
Food is mainly chips hot dogs. have really long ques though but it is what you would expect.
We're a little spoiled for theme parks in the midlands, with having both Alton Towers and Drayton Manor close by! And although Alton Towers would be first choice for a lot of people, Drayton Manor has many advantages.
It's a great day out for all the family there are more rides and attractions to keep the children amused than at Alton Towers, and the entry price is much cheaper. There are quite a few bigger rides for the thrillseekers as well, including Shockwave, a stand-up rollercoaster!
The zoo is pretty impressive too, and last time I went we were just in time to see an amazing display with the birds of prey there were eagles and owls flying about all over the place! It was lovely to be able to see the animals so close up.
Definitely a good value day out for the whole family.
Drayton manor is a nice theme park, there is something for all the family.
There is ample parking, food areas and photo opportunities.
Drayton manor does not compare well to larger parks such as Alton Towers due to size and number of rides.
Not the biggest or best theme park around, but a decent short day out.
About 6 'big' rides and quite a few other 'go on once' types. Also storm force 10 will get you very very wet :)
Fairly cheap at £21 online for an adult, well organised parking and food not too expensive, also photos only a fiver now.
This is a place that very much reminds me of my childhood - or mispent youth as some would put it - when we used to sneak in for free and chat up the male staff to get extra rides..... Anyway now for the serious stuff Drayton Manor Park and Zoo has been around in various forms for around 100 yrs and is steeped in history. It started off as a private house(which is still there) with beautiful gardens and grounds which they decided to open to the public. Over the time that has elapsed since it has grown into one of the best theme parks in the Uk (in my opinion).
Prices are steep (£22 an adult, £19 a child, free for under 4s) - but comparable with similar alternatives like Alton Towers. You can get a reduced family of four ticket for £70 though. There is plenty to do whatever your age and you can have a really good day even if you are not into the large-scale rides. I have to say not the best place to go if raining though - there is not that much that is undercover.
The Zoo is worth dedicating a good couple of hours too. Well laid out, with an excellent gift shop and a particularly good reptile house I feel.
The dedicated kids are has just had a bucket-load of money spent on it and is now revamped with 'Thomas the Tank Engine' theme. Even if you are taking young children they will enjoy this area plus the zoo, boats, amusement arcade, and park areas. Oh, and they do have kids theatre, circus, pantomime and other events also.
For the adults there are numerous adrenaline rides which they add to quite frequently, a pub, plus another bar and plenty of green leafy places to sit and just chill if the weather suits.
Catering - wise its again expensive - as always at these places but there are several options and the food has always been of decent quality in my experience. Mainly the food is of the burger, hot dog and chips variety. The large waffle cones they make are recommended if you are an ice-cream lover like me.
The Park also has evening events which are viewable on its website, and has a function room available for hire. good for weddings and parties. I have attended a couple of amateur boxing nights at the 'Manor' and found them to be really enjoyable (although I have to say the accompanying meal only scored a 2 or a 3).
nahhh i love this place! :D
my fav ride is the first 1 u see wen u first walk in, cant remember wot its called but its the big round swing thing and makes every1 b sick :L
This is a nice sized theme park. It has plenty of rides but isn't so large you can't get round in a day. We went midweek so it was quiet but I an see there being long queues at weekends. There are rids suitable for everyone including adults and kids and also a nice zoo and animal petting place. The food is expensive but no more than other theme parks.
Drayton Manor is one of the worst theme park in Britain. It is a bit of a kids' theme park with roller-coaster ride like 'Thomas the tank engine' in the Draytons' Manor zoo part but there are some good rides, although you have to wait about 3 hours just to get on one ride, they aren't well themed either.
The prices for everything is expensive for an example is the entrance of the Theme Park.
Some of the staff are unfriendly and even rood, though others are OK.
The park is quite untidy as there don't seem to be much bins, so there is litter around.
I love this place, there are so many rides to go on & the price are reasonable.
They are have many rides such as bounce, stormforce 10, shockwave(which is scary, but great!!)
For a great family day out this is the place to go!
A great day out for the whole family with rides for younger children too! plenty of souveneir shops and places to get food. I reccomend maelstrom and g-force! storm force 10 always seems to have the biggest queues so i wait until the last half hour where there is not really much queue!
perfect place for families of all ages. prices have gone up in the last few years but its understandbale qwhen you see what they have to offer.
the zoo is a must see and i reccommend the shockwave!!
this place is poor it has only 5 proper good rides all the others are for babies and even if you do go on the good rides you have gotta with in up to 4 hour long lines !!!!!
Draytom manor is a well kept theme park with plenty to do for all the family there are lots of rides & attractions.
drayton manner is fantastic!! it has something for everybody and any age group!! it also has a great zoo with a great variety of animals!! there is plenty of choices to eat and everywhere is easy to get to!! everywhere is nice and clean and the staff are all helpful and polite!! they also do a great firework display aswell near bonfire night!!
Drayton manor theme park is a great day out for all the family.
They have many attractions for all ages including the new thomas land which i must say is a must for children.
The price are average compared to other places £25.00 for an adult £21.00 for a child and under 4s are free.
Not only do you have access to the ride you also have access to their wonderful zoo which has a wide range of animals ranging from tigers to reptiles.
The staff there are great and go out of their way to entertain you.
The only thing i hate about drayton manor is the prices of drinks and food its ok i suppose if you want to buy a gift as its a one of but when your there all day and you need a drink by the end of the visit it all totals up so i would advise taking a packed lunch and drinks with you.
If you have a young child or baby drayton manor also do i facility where you can hire a pushchair from them.
If i had to rate drayton manor i would give it a 7/10
I live locally so visit this park on a regular basis. In 2008, this park has really gone downhill whilst cutting costs. Litter is everywhere, graffitti everywhere, wasps and insects everywhere,rides needing painted. I would really save your £22 (expensive for small park) and use it towards Alton Towers - Staffordshire's best park!
Great to spend a day out. But you can spend an extra £5max and have a huge day out at alton towers. Sorry but its too expensive for its size.
the place is clean and well maintained but there isnt that much there they is a zoo (but i havent visited that part). the rides are thrilling and it has europes only stand up coaster. it has a really good log flume (that goes backwards!) overall it is a fun day out but its only a thing that you go to for a day and thats it.
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