The Unofficial Guide to Britain's Best Days Out, Theme Parks and Attractions

The Unofficial Guide to Britain's Best Days Out, Theme Parks and Attractions

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"The Unofficial Guide to Days Out & Attractions in Britain" gives you the perfect guidebook to experience the best theme parks, attractions and days out in Britain. Researched and written to provide the most fun, exciting and diverse range of outings and excursions available to those looking for a great day out, this book provides an eclectic choice of big-hitting theme parks to more local experiences and unusual days out. This guide will help you plan your visit and bring the experience alive for you in a personal way written by a team of experts. For smaller attractions you'll get the lowdown on what's best to explore and hidden gems you'd never known about, while on the big theme parks you'll get smart time and money saving advice designed to maximise your fun and eliminate any stress. With honest reviews, detailed information, invaluable maps and indispensible tips, this guide will give you a book brimming with inspiration to savour for your next day out. Take a look inside. "The Unofficial Guide to Days Out & Attractions in Britain" includes: Fun A diverse book of exciting days out, theme parks and attractions, celebrating Britain's character, from big, roller-coaster theme parks to local adventure experiences and unusual trips to savour and plot your next trip away. Eclectic A different and eclectic set of day trip choices from hanging upside down at Thorpe Park or Alton Towers to dinosaur parks, famous film locations, steam trains, falconry, motor museums and wildlife sanctuaries. Time & Money Saving tips from a team of experienced experts. Expert advice to provide the most fun and enjoyable days out Honest reviews from a team with extensive training and research experience, plus evaluations based on reader surveys Up-to-date, invaluable and need-to-know information Touring plans based on patented algorithms and sophisticated research designs. Indispensible Maps and plans to show you exactly how to plan your day on the ground. About Unofficial GuidesThe "Unofficial Guides" have sold more than four million copies worldwide. This series is the only one that offers evaluations based on reader surveys and critiques, compiled by a team of unbiased inspectors. The "Unofficial Guides" are unique in their employment of sophisticated research designs and cutting edge science - focused around touring plans based on patented algorithms - to provide readers with extremely valuable information available in no other travel series, saving families time and money. An entire organization collects and compiles information for the "Unofficial Guide" series, guided by individuals with extensive training and experience in operations research as well as data collection and analysis. The result is a portfolio of guides that give visitors everything they need to know for a stress-free, efficient, fun and enjoyable day more

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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • Frommermedia
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 0470683139
  • 9780470683132
  • 1,283,384

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Six Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by "The Unofficial Guide" (R) All the big days out: Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland Windsor, Eden Project and Harry Potter attractions.Practical information for your trip and tips from real families about how best to enjoy Britain's best days out, theme parks and attractions.Exclusively patented, field-tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day.Attractions rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective reviews with tips on what to miss and what not to miss in England, Scotland and Wales.The best of Britain's attractions from thrill rides, museums, farms, aquariums and wildlife parks to castles, train rides, outdoor centres and adventure parks.Honest advice on eating options, accommodation, timing, seasonality, the best deals, websites and how to make the most of your days more

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'...full of great ideas and inside tips.' (Sunday Mirror, July 2011). '...useful guide gives you honest and practical information on every kind of paid day out.' (Allthatwomen, July 2011). 'The perfect solution for banishing school holiday boredom.' (Mail on Sunday, July 2011). 'Info for a range of interests, completely independent, best for families' (The Travel, August 2011) 'If you're reaching the zenith of a summer holiday with bored grandkids to entertain, this could prove a blessing' (Woman's Weekly, August 2011)show more

Table of contents

List of Maps x About the Authors xi Acknowledgements xii Introduction 1 Why 'Unofficial'? 1 Best Days Out 1 How This Guide Was Researched and Written 2 What's in a Name? 2 The Sum of All Fears 3 The British Aristocracy and Tourist Attractions 3 What Makes British Theme Parks Special 4 Deciding Which Attractions and Theme Parks to Include 5 Theme Parks (Leisure Parks) 6 Zoological Attractions 8 Aquariums and Marine-Life Attractions 10 Museums 12 Industry 13 Farm Experiences 13 Letters and Comments from Readers 15 PART ONE The World of Theme-Park Rides 17 Wheels within Wheels: The Evolution of Non-Coaster Thrill Rides 17 Other Non-Coaster Thrill Rides 21 Roller Coasters 24 Types of Roller Coasters 25 Coaster Problems: Whiplash and Nausea 29 Losing Stuff 29 How British Coasters Stack Up 30 Understanding Theme Park Rides 31 Cutting Your Queuing Time by Understanding the Rides 32 Shows 35 Cutting Your Queuing Time by Understanding the Shows 36 PART TWO Organising Your Holiday before Leaving Home 37 Gathering Information 37 Our Favourite Websites 38 Timing Your Holiday or Outing 39 Allocating Energy 41 Building Rest and Relaxation in to Your Holiday 41 Destination versus Local Attractions and Parks 42 Admission Types 42 Admissions: Where the Deals Are 43 Getting There 45 Practical Stuff 47 Accommodation 49 National Quality Assessment Scheme 50 Researching and Booking on the Web 52 Making the Most of Your Time 53 The Cardinal Rules for Successful Touring 53 Touring Plans: What They Are and How They Work 55 PART THREE British Theme Parks and Attractions with Kids 63 The Ecstasy and the Agony 63 It's about Having Fun 64 About the Unofficial Guide Touring Plans 71 Stuff to Think About 71 Pushchairs 72 Lost Children 72 How Kids Get Lost 73 Kids and Scary Stuff 74 The Fright Factor 75 A Bit of Preparation 76 A Word about Height Requirements 76 Queue Strategies for Parents with Young Children 76 PART FOUR Greater London 79 Theme Parks and Attractions 82 Chessington World of Adventures 82 The London Dungeon 104 Sea Life London Aquarium 107 ZSL London Zoo 109 PART FIVE South East England 113 Theme Parks and Attractions 113 Blue Reef Aquarium-Hastings 113 Howletts Wild Animal Park 116 Port Lympne Wild Animal Park 120 Sea Life Brighton 123 Thorpe Park 124 Farm Experiences 144 PART SIX The South of England 147 Theme Parks and Attractions 147 Blue Reef Aquarium-Southsea/Portsmouth 147 Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens 150 Legoland Windsor 152 Paultons Park 180 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 183 Farm Experiences 187 PART SEVEN South West England 189 Theme Parks and Attractions 192 Blue Reef Aquarium-Bristol 192 Blue Reef Aquarium-Newquay 193 Brunel's SS Great Britain 194 Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park 196 Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park 198 Eden Project 200 Longleat House and Safari Park 204 National Marine Aquarium 207 Oceanarium 209 Paignton Zoo Environmental Park 210 Sea Life Weymouth 213 The Tank Museum 213 Weston-Super-Mare SeaQuarium 216 Farm Experiences 217 PART EIGHT The East of England 219 Theme Parks and Attractions 219 Adventure Island Sunken Gardens 219 Africa Alive 224 Banham Zoo 226 Dinosaur Adventure 229 Fantasy Island 231 Gulliver's Dinosaur and Farm Park 235 Gulliver's Land 236 Imperial War Museum Duxford 239 Pleasure Island Theme Park 242 Pleasurewood Hills 245 Sea Life Great Yarmouth 248 Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens 249 Woburn Safari Park 252 ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 255 Farm Experiences 258 PART NINE East and West Midlands 261 Theme Parks and Attractions 261 Alton Towers 261 Bourton-on-the-Water 299 Drayton Manor 303 Gulliver's Kingdom 307 Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour 310 National Sea Life Centre Birmingham 312 National Space Centre 313 Twycross Zoo 317 Warwick Castle 320 West Midland Safari & Leisure Park 323 Wicksteed Park 328 Farm Experiences 331 PART TEN Yorkshire 333 Theme Parks and Attractions 333 The Deep 333 Flamingo Land 338 Jorvik Viking Centre 342 Lightwater Valley 344 National Coal Mining Museum 348 National Railway Museum 350 Sea Life Scarborough 353 The York Dungeon 354 Farm Experiences 356 PART ELEVEN North West England 357 Theme Parks and Attractions 357 The Beatles Story 357 Blackpool Zoo 362 Blue Planet Aquarium 365 British Lawnmower Museum 367 Camelot Theme Park 369 Chester Zoo 371 Gulliver's World 377 Knowsley Safari Park 380 Pleasure Beach Blackpool 384 Sea Life Blackpool 408 Farm Experiences 408 PART TWELVE North East England 411 Attraction 411 Blue Reef Aquarium-Tynemouth 411 Farm Experiences 413 PART THIRTEEN Cumbria and the Lake District 415 Attractions 417 Lakes Aquarium 417 South Lakes Wild Animal Park 418 Farm Experiences 421 PART FOURTEEN Scotland 423 Theme Parks and Attractions 423 Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park 423 Deep Sea World 428 The Edinburgh Dungeon 430 M's, Scotland's Theme Park 432 Sea Life Loch Lomond 434 St Andrews Aquarium 436 Farm Experiences 437 PART FIFTEEN Wales 439 Theme Parks and Attractions 439 Big Pit: National Coal Museum 439 Oakwood Theme Park 444 Rhyl SeaQuarium 447 Twr-y-Felin Outdoor Centre 448 Welsh Mountain Zoo 450 Farm Experiences 453 PART SIXTEEN In the Footsteps of Harry Potter 455 Attractions 455 Alnwick Castle 455 Durham Cathedral 457 Gloucester Cathedral 459 Lacock Alley 460 University of Oxford 461 West Coast Railway Jacobite Steam Train 462 ZSL London Zoo 464 Appendixes 465 Index 465 Unofficial Guide Reader Survey 475show more