Behind all the magic that guests see on a daily basis at the Alton Towers Resort is a plethora of technical secrets, hidden rooms and giant machines that bring the theme park and resort to life. An opportunity to see how the park works on the other side of the closed doors is very difficult to come by, but TowersTimes have been able to grasp several of these occasions in the past.

During 2006 and 2007 season, Alton Towers ran a series of Behind the Scenes tours of the park, allowing guests to get a unique view of the park. During the tours guests were allowed into maintenance and control areas of various rides as well as being shown a variety of objects from the Towers Archives and allowed to scale lift hills to get some spectacular views of the park.

Many thanks to Dave and Nick for taking the following pictures for TowersTimes.


Assume the position, now take a look behind the scenes at the world’s first flying coaster, which immediately places riders in the prone position.

Alton Towers Archives

Over the years, the resort have compiled a collection of iconic memorabilia from Alton Towers’ history. Take a look yourself at the items from the park’s bygone era.

Black Hole

With the final remnants of this Alton Towers favourite being removed in early 2012, you are still able to stare into the Black Hole.

Driving School

This Alton Towers attraction gave children their first opportunity to sit behind the steering wheel; we’re giving you the chance to look behind the scenes.


See one of the theme park’s oldest and most iconic attractions from an entirely new perspective, in a lights on tour of a ride enjoyed by guests for years.


Find out what brings ‘The Legend of The Towers’ spookily to life, as we’re given access into areas usually off-limits enabling you to see how this attraction functions.

Nickelodeon: Outta Control

Explore this shortlived TV-themed indoor play area without having to worry about avoiding any children running around.


The Lord of Darkness never said don’t look behind the scenes, so we had a look at some of the mechanics behind the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster.


Back when she was the ‘Queen of Speed’, we found out what it takes to accelerate a rollercoaster from 0-61mph in just 2.5 seconds.


When travelling high above the theme park, you’re probably not thinking about the technical aspects of the resort’s cable car system, but now’s your chance to do so.

Storage Areas

You might be surprised at what Alton Towers has lying around in areas which are usually inaccessible; there’s Scarefest theming to components of past attractions.

The Towers

TowersTimes has ventured into the areas that aren’t usually open to the public, to literally present to you The Towers from another point of view!