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Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
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3.8/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web
No ordinary theme park, Drayton Manor Park includes a resort area and a zoo with over 100 species from around the world. Covering over 110 hectares (280 acres), the park offers its two million annual visitors a variety of activities suitable for the whole family. Stop by to enjoy a ride on the Shockwave, Europe’s only stand-up roller coaster, or get your daily dose of adrenaline on the Apocalypse, a five-sided drop tower. Arguably the park’s most notable feature is Thomas Land, dedicated to the popular Thomas & Friends television show. This special section features children’s rides, live shows, Thomas & Friends exhibits, and indoor and outdoor play areas. Check online for discounts and special events. The park is open from mid-March through early November. Put Drayton Manor Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tamworth trip itinerary planner.
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  • Came here Tuesday with my sister before she was due back to school the following day. It was brilliant due to it being empty meaning we went on every ride 2 or 3 times!! Also, as I came here the begin...  read more »
  • I was really impressed with the number of rides / activities for young children to do. I visited with a couple of 7 year olds and also two 1 year olds and there was plenty for everyone to do. In fact ...  read more »
  • Had a great day out with my family, Thomas land was excellent for the younger ones and the queues were not too long 
  • Great day out for kids of all ages. The little ones love Thomas Land, and they've added a few extra new rides this year (2016), whilst the older ones are well catered for with a good selection of large rides. Can get busy, but car parks were well organised and queues for the main rides were pretty reasonable for mid-June weekend.
  • Great day out for the kids. Always clean tidy. Friendly staff. Love the new activity vertigo good value for money. Something for everyone . Lovely at Christmas time.
  • Well worth it for Thomas Tank Engine fans! Staying at the Drayton Manor is well worth it, especially if in the themed rooms. Makes life a lot easier with little ones. The themed room gives a bonus of special breakfast with Sir Topam Hat! Its worth it to see your kid enjoying this! Different rides have different height restrictions so beware if your kid is not tall enough then brace yourself for a meltdown! There are some thrilling rides for older kids and adults too! Also have a small zoo in there!
  • Took the boys (1&3) to Thomas land on a Tuesday so it was very very quiet which was perfect for us. THE GOOD: there is a lot to do for children of all ages in Thomas land the rides are ample big enough for both parents and children to ride together. There is a good variety of types of rides with slower spinning rides and rides that go relatively high considering their target audience. There are also some relatively fast scary ones like the Bertie Bus one which tickles the pit of your stomach. The toilets in Thomas Land are the best as they are the newest and cater for the more independent child. However, the family cubicle isn't very well thought out( more on that in the bad section). There is a soft play area just outside of Thomas Land which could be a great indoor escape from the rain. The gem is in the zoo where there is a big outdoor play area for adventurous 3 year olds and older. The eating areas for those bringing a pack lunch are great within Thomas Land and throughout the park in general. We ate at the Burger Kitchen and had easily one of the best burgers ever, the double cheese burger was two thick steak fillets cooked perfectly. My boy had nuggets that looked like real diced breast fillets in batter not the nonsense passed off as chicken in other establishments. They had plenty of high chairs which is always good. THE BAD: the bad revolves around the toilet facilities and the lack of thought or improvement/maintenance that has gone into them. First set of toilets you come to from the front (Hotel side) are a 1980's block that looks like it's last update didn't come much after. It was poorly lit, didn't have any coat hooks on the back of the door and the floor was soaking wet. There was a couple of low urinals for smaller boys but no low sink to wash their hands so that was very awkward and annoying. The same can be said for the toilets by the cafe in the zoo as well, the sink was awkward and there was no coat hooks on the back of the door. As alluded to earlier, the Thomas land toilets didn't have this issue on the whole. The family cubicle is very poorly planned. You can barely get a pushchair into the cubicle and their isn't much room for another child to come with you. There is a low toilet presumably for the additional child that's not in nappies but it's an adult size bowl rather than a small one for the little bums. There is also no low sink or easy access sink just these ridiculous inset ones with shelf in front of them so it's difficult to lift your child up to wash their hands. Generally though we had a good time and it was thoroughly enjoyable.
  • I went back to this park because I use to go here every weekend as a kid. And wanted to go back some 15 years later and I like what they are doing with the park. The staff are very helpful. Few things they could do it a all you can drink service once you buy a drink. Parent pass. And better mech for people to buy.
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