Two of the UK’s top five amusement parks are in the West Midlands a new survey has found.
Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Park were named number three and four respectively according to the world’s largest travel website TripAdvisor.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach topped the list which was compiled using the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers.
Alton Towers and Drayton Manor also made the top 15 list for amusement parks in Europe, alongside the likes of Walt Disney Studios Park in France and Germany’s Europa-Park.
Florida’s Discovery Cove in Orlando earned the coveted position of best amusement park in the world.
In the water parks category, Alton Towers Waterpark was named as one of the top 25 in Europe.
Blackpool’s Sandcastle Waterpark was also a winner in the Europe list, coming in eighth as well as in the world top 25. The best-rated water park in the world is named as Siam Park in Tenerife. Colin Bryan, group managing director of Drayton Manor, said: “We are honoured that Drayton Manor has been named fourth best amusement park in the UK.
“The ability to review your days out and provide valuable feedback for all to see is so important for our industry, so we would like to say thank you to anyone who has left a review as you have helped to make this happen.”
TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of reviews and opinions left by travellers.
In May, CBeebies Land opened at Alton Towers. It features rides, immersive play areas and live experiences from some of the most well-known characters on CBeebies.
Other attractions at the site include Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Rita, TH13TEEN and The Smiler.
Earlier this month the new £1.2 million thrill ride Air Race opened at Drayton Manor.
Drayton Manor, located within a 280-acre sprawling site, welcomes around 1.5 million visitors each year through the gates. Alton Towers attracts around 3m visitors annually.
TripAdvisor was founded in February 2000.
The poll also reveals 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.
The website has around 260 million unique monthly visitors to its website and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than four million hotels, restaurants and attractions are left by people.
TripAdvisor spokesperson 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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