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Drayton Manor

Fazeley, Staffordshire, UK

Drayton Manor is one of the largest family run theme parks in the UK, and since 2008 has been home to Thomas Land, a large children's area dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

OpenedOctober 1949
SeasonMarch to early November
OwnerBryan Family
Websitewww.draytonmanor.co.uk
Nearby Alton Towers (40 miles)
West Midland Safari Park (41 miles)
Gulliver's Kingdom (50 miles)
Maelstrom and G-Force

Maelstrom and G-Force

Built in the grounds of the former manor which gives the park its name, Drayton Manor is a large theme park owned and run by the Bryan family near Birmingham. It was founded by George and Vera Bryan, who bought the site after the Second World War and opened a small children's amusement park. This was soon joined by a zoo, which is still a major feature at the park today.

George and Vera's son Colin became Managing Director of Drayton Manor in 1973, and under his leadership the park grew into a major theme park as he oversaw ride installations such as Shockwave, one of only two European stand up rollercoasters; Stormforce 10, a very wet flume ride themed around an RNLI rescue; and Apocalypse, a 177ft tall drop tower.

One of Drayton Manor's most successful recent additions is Thomas Land, a large area dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. It has proved a major hit with children and young families, and has seen several expansions since it first opened in 2008.

Attractions

Shockwave

Shockwave

The UK's only stand up rollercoaster

Apocalypse

Apocalypse

170ft drop tower with the option to ride sitting down, standing up or floorless

Stormforce 10

Stormforce 10

Join the RNLI on a soaking wet rescue

G-Force

G-Force

Compact looping rollercoaster with a gravity-defying beyond vertical lift hill

Air Race

Air Race

Barrel roll and loop the loop in a stunt plane

Maelstrom

Maelstrom

Giant swinging pendulum ride

Splash Canyon

Splash Canyon

Whitewater rapids ride

The Haunting

The Haunting

Investigate reports of paranormal activity inside the vicarage at Drayton Green

The Bounty Pirate Ship

The Bounty Pirate Ship

Swinging pirate ship

Accelerator

Accelerator

Family shuttle rollercoaster

Buffalo Coaster

Buffalo Coaster

Native American Indian themed powered rollercoaster

Drunken Barrels

Drunken Barrels

Spinning beer barrel ride

Golden Nuggets Wild West Shoot Out

Golden Nuggets Wild West Shoot Out

Interactive wild west dark ride

Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

Take a voyage in a flying boat

Polperro Express

Polperro Express

Train ride beside the lake

4d Cinema

4d Cinema

Showing 4D movies throughout the day

Carousel

Carousel

Traditional fairground carousel

Jolly Buccaneer

Jolly Buccaneer

Sail across the seven seas

Drayton Manor Zoo

Drayton Manor Zoo

Large zoo featuring primates, reptiles and birds

Bryan's Works Museum

Bryan's Works Museum

Exhibition of old fashioned penny arcade machines

Thomas Land

Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster

Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster

Family friendly runaway truck themed rollercoaster

Engine Tours

Engine Tours

Train ride with Thomas, Percy and Rosie to the zoo and back

Cranky's Tower Drop

Cranky's Tower Drop

Launch up and drop back down Cranky's crane tower

Harold's Heli Tours

Harold's Heli Tours

Fly high into the sky with Harold the Helicopter

Winston's Whistle-Stop Tour

Winston's Whistle-Stop Tour

Monorail over Thomas Land

Diesel's Locomotive Mayhem

Diesel's Locomotive Mayhem

Spin around with Thomas' Diesel powered friends

Blue Mountain Engines

Blue Mountain Engines

Take a ride aboard the Blue Mountain Engines

Rocking Bulstrode

Rocking Bulstrode

Rockin' Tug at Sodor Docks

Toby's Tram Express

Toby's Tram Express

Spinning and tilting tram

Jeremy Jet's Flying Academy

Jeremy Jet's Flying Academy

Take a flight from Sodor Airport

James and the Red Balloon

James and the Red Balloon

Take a flight in a hot air balloon

Sodor Classic Cars

Sodor Classic Cars

Drive a car around the Sodor countryside

Videos

Trips

On-Ride Videos

Old Low Quality POVs

Fireworks

Construction Updates