Delve into the TowersTimes archives and uncover some of our best articles and features on some of the resort’s most significant developments, from both before and during Alton Towers’ time as a recreational destination.

A Park in Miniature

In the past, Alton Towers have comissioned the production of models of potential attractions in order to gain an understanding of what they will look like.

Nickelodeon: Outta Action

Despite not having a confirmed reason behind this attraction’s closure after only a couple of seasons, we were given access to have a look around back in 2005.

SW5Live

SW5Live documented the construction of Air, the world’s first flying rollercoaster, and is what the TowersTimes of today evolved from.

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SW6 Minisite

With it being 8 years since the previous Secret Weapon, TowersTimes anxiously followed SW6 (now known to be TH13TEEN) from planning application to opening.

The Battersea

John Broome envisioned Battersea Power Station as an ideal location for a London theme park, but the idea never came to fruition due to financial restrictions.

The Earls of Shrewsbury

The Earldom played an important part in Alton Towers’ history, with the 15th Earl creating the idea for The Towers and surrounding gardens.

The End of the Line

The Alton Towers Railway remained open at the resort for over 40 years, however it was closed in 1996 with the introduction of the Skyride.

The Real Chained Oak

The story behind this mysterious tree served as the inspiration for Hex’s plot, although it was adapted for the attraction.

Where the Merch Never Ends

Over the past 60 years, there has been a whole host of cuddly and quirky merchandise on sale at Alton Towers. Here’s our collection of souvenirs!

Years in Review

Since the earliest days of TowersTimes, we have produced yearly review articles which round-up all the key developments of the preceding 12 months.

YourDay

From 2007 to 2009, guests were able to purchase personalised footage of themselves experiencing the resort’s top rides as a souvenir.