Ever wondered what the park looked like 15 or 25 years ago? Here are the guidebooks from yesteryear, which contain many photographs and lots of information about the park, years before it evolved into what it is today.

1920/30s Guidebook

The pre-war guidebook was used up until the park was commandeered by the army during WW2, giving some insight into the Towers before they became ruins.

1957 Guidebook

This was one of the first guidebooks to be produced by the park after WW2 and contained detailed information about the Gardens and Towers.

1961 Guidebook

This guide was used after the installation of a fairground and a motor boat attraction, back when Alton Towers was a different type of day out to what it is today.

1964 Guidebook

This is one of the guidebooks that the park used after the cable cars were installed. Other new attractions included a paddling pool as well as donkey rides.

1970 Guidebook

This was the first guidebook produced in full colour, with versions advertising the park’s price in both decimal and pre-decimal currency.

1981 Leaflet

This leaflet was produced after the Towers became an amusement park with the addition of the Corkscrew, when guests paid just £2.50 for admission.

1982 Leaflet

This Leaflet tells you about some of the history of the Towers that can’t be found in any other guide, and also lists the park’s opening times and attraction information.

1983 Leaflet

New in 1983 were the Vintage Cars and Dragon Rollercoaster, and it was the last year of the area names Springfield Centre, Ingestre Centre, and Talbot Centre.

1985 Guidebook

This year’s new ride was the 4 Man Bob coaster, with this guide being more focused on the rides, although it still featured a section on the heritage of Alton Towers.

1988 Guidebook

This was the resort’s Diamond Jubilee year, with the grounds open for a total of 60 years and the park in development for 10 years.

2007 Brochure

2007 saw The Dung Heap added to Old MacDonald’s Farm, The Haunted Hollow in Merrie England and Extraordinary Golf in the hotel complex.