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Alton Towers is third best rated amusement park in the UK in awards by TripAdvisor

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

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Alton Towers has been revealed as the third best rated amusement park in the country.

It narrowly pushed Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth, into fourth place in the Travellers' Choice TM awards for Amusement Parks and Water Parks, announced by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site.

The Staffordshire amusement parks, which boast such attractions as The Smiler – Alton Towers – and Shockwave – Drayton Manor Park – are also named in the top 15 amusement parks in Europe, coming in twelfth and thirteenth places respectively, alongside the likes of Walt Disney Studios Park in France and Germany's Europa-Park.

It was also revealed that the UK is home to more 2014 award-winning amusement parks than any other European country, with seven winning parks named in Europe's top 25.

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However, within the UK, it is the South East that comes up trumps, taking home more TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for Amusement Parks than anywhere else in the country. Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World in Romsey, Hampshire; Thorpe Park Resort in Chertsey, Surrey; Brighton Pier, East Sussex and Fishers Adventure Farm Park in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, take second, fifth, sixth and seventh place in the UK respectively.

The four South East parks are also all named in Europe's top 25.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is named best rated amusement park in the UK while Florida's Discovery Cove in Orlando earns the coveted position of best amusement park in the world.

In the waterparks category, Alton Towers Waterpark is revealed as one of the top 25 in Europe.

The best rated water park in the world is named as Siam Park in Tenerife.

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: "Whether you're a thrill seeker looking for a buzz this summer or a parent planning a family day out during the school holidays, this list of winners should provide plenty of inspiration."

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