Following changes to the United Kingdom’s Government advice, Alton Towers Resort will be opening its magnificent gardens from Saturday 6th June onwards. TowersTimes has put together the following guide to help you stay safe and make the most of a visit to the Alton Towers Gardens during these unprecedented times.
Alton Towers Gardens Overview
The Alton Towers Gardens date back to the early 18th century, when the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury, Charles Talbot employed hundreds of labourers, mechanics and artisans to transform the grounds of the ancestral home. Led by Thomas Allason and Robert Abrahams this huge team created iconic structures which remain to this day. Notable features include the Chinese Pagoda Fountain which throws water up to 90ft in the air, the enormous 300ft long grand conservatory and the Swiss Cottage which was built to house a blind harpist whom the Earl employed to fill the garden with music.
Charles Talbot died in 1827 and a cenotaph was erected at the entrance to the gardens in the style of the famous Choragic Temple of Lysiscrates in Athens. It houses a bust made of marble with the inscription “He Made The Desert Smile”. His nephew, the 16th Earl of Shrewsbury, John Talbot, took over and continued the work, expanding the gardens further into the valley and adding the formal gardens near the Towers themselves.
The gardens have remained relatively untouched over the years aside from ongoing maintenance and provide a peaceful and enchanting escape from the wider theme park that has developed around them.
Tickets must be booked in advance through the official Alton Towers Resort website and are not available on the day.
- Adults (12+): £12.00pp
- Children (3-11): £5.00pp
- Under 3: Free
- Season Pass & Merlin Annual Pass: Free/£1.00 booking fee.
Car Parking is free of charge.
There will be a number of changes made to ensure the safety of guests and employees. Some of these will include;
- Restricted number of guests. Online booking is essential.
- Temperature checks on arrival at the Resort
- Updated signage and social distancing markers on the Admissions plaza and other places around the Resort where people tend to gather
- Sales of food and drinks will be limited to ‘grab and go’ items including hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams
- All rides and other attractions remain closed in line with Government advice
Guests are asked to visit the official website for a full list of the hygiene and safety measures introduced which can be found here.
No rides and attractions will be open. Toilet facilities and a small selection of food and drink will be available.