Thorpe Park – Thrills and Spills for older kids

Thorpe Park is one of the thrill capitals of the UK.

Thorpe Park Theme Park

If you have older kids, they soon become adrenaline junkies at theme parks.  Whilst the excellent Legoland, is a great family park, especially with younger kids, if you have teens then you need Thorpe Park to satisfy their need for speed.

Thorpe Park Rides

Let’s get down to business.  What are the rides like at Thorpe Park?

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The Swarm

The Swarm was added in 2012 and is Europe’s tallest winged roller coaster, which sees you on an inverted 127ft drop.

Check out Thorpe Park’s video of The Swarm taken from the ride before it opened.


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Storm Surge

This is a 64ft drop down a spiralling water slide!

For an idea of what the ride is like, watch this video from Theme Park Tourist.

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An extreme 4.7G coaster…and then get dropped 100ft into blades!


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The world’s first roller coaster with 10 loops.


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Nemesis Inferno

A fast twisting rollercoaster.  How about doing it inverted?


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After going 0-80mph in under 2 seconds, you climb 205ft high… and then come back down again of course!



More Rides

  • Vortext – spinning, turning, rotating, and upside down
  • Tidal Wave – 85ft plunge anyone?

That is not a complete list, but just from that small selection all adrenaline junkies should be well and truly satisfied.

Thorpe Park Map

You can download of map of Thorpe Park to plan your visit before you go.

Thorpe Park Tickets

[pullquote style=”right”]order tickets online in advance[/wpsm_quote]You can order your tickets on-line in advanced.  Note that children smaller than 1 metre are free at Thorpe Park.

Where is Thorpe Park?

Thorpe Park is located just outside London, between junctions 11 and 13 of the M25 (note: you cannot access from junction 12).

Put KT16 8PN into your Sat Nav to navigate there.

Don’t live close?  Make a short break of it

Try Thorpe Breaks to turn your visit into a short break.

You can get a combined park entrance tickets (including multi-day), and accommodation at a big discount combined price.

One tip is that you can book your park entrance tickets for slightly different days to your accommodation.  This is great if you have a long way to travel as you can book a 2 night hotel stay, travelling down the night before you get into the park so that you can get the most out of your park tickets.   We’ve done this and it made the stay a lot better, taking it all at a much more leisurely pace.

Note that many of the hotels in the area can be cheaper at weekends as many cater for business travellers near London in the week, and so rather than be empty at the weekend the rooms are cheaper.  This means you can get a fantastic 2 night 4* hotel break, plus park entrance, a lot cheaper than you imagine.

Check out Thorpe Breaks and book your stay now.

Here are a few examples of what’s available.

Hilton Cobham

Stay just 8 miles from Thorpe Park.

Family rooms consist of a double bed and 2 extra beds.

Hotel has free parking and a swimming pool.

When we checked, Thorpe Park Ticket and Hotel Prices were from £115 per person per night, with breakfast included. More Details

Beaumont House

Located only 5 miles from Thorpe Park, Beaumont House is a historic 4 star family friendly hotel.

Family room take four, with a double bed and a sofa or other beds.

All rooms have en-suite bathroom, Satellite TV, WIFI Access, Tea and Coffee making, and hair dryer.

As well as a swimming pool the hotel puts on some extras in the school holidays, such as a games room with TV and DVDs, Milk and Cookies between 6pm and 7pm, and a number of outdoor games.

When we last checked prices were £121 per person per night, and included breakfast and Thorpe Park ticket. More Details

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