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About Alton Towers

Ride Safety

Find out more about how our rides operate and how we keep you safe.

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Every year all of our rides must pass a thorough inspection by an independently certified ride inspection body under the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS)

8 Hours


It takes 8 man hours to get one of our big coasters ready for opening every morning. In one theme park season, that’s over 9,000 hours of pre-opening preparation – all before any guest even comes through the gates.



Our ride operators go through 100 hours of supervised training before they can operate our rides.



All of our rollercoasters are controlled by sophisticated systems that monitor the safe operation of rides at all times.



In our 40 year history, Alton Towers Resort has delivered over 1 billion rides, entertained over 87 million visitors and our teams have completed over 64,000 hours of inspection time



Every year, independent inspectors spend about 1800 hours checking all our rides to make sure they are safe to ride.



All our managers take part in safety leadership courses, no matter what job they do. That means they have the skills and knowledge to help oversee safety standards correctly and effectively.



A ride will stop automatically if any of the hundreds of sensors on the track is obstructed, even if it’s just by heavy rain or leaves.

Watch the films below to find out more about why rides stop, and what happens when they do.

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Why Rides Sometimes Stop

The most common reasons why rides stop...

Latest information regarding Coronavirus

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Alton Towers Resort until further notice.

Have a short break booked when the Resort is closed?
Following the latest Government guidelines (issued on 10th May), and given the continued uncertainty about when we will be able to reopen, we are now asking guests with short breaks booked between 1st June up to and including 3rd July to move your booking free of charge. Please see the FAQs below for information about how to do this. Our teams will be moving bookings in date order, so please bear with us. We will get back to you as fast as we can, but we must prioritise guests whose reservations are imminent.

Have a Park ticket pre-booked when the Resort is closed?
Guests with pre-booked theme park tickets for dates when the Alton Towers Theme Park is closed will be able to use their tickets on any other day during the 2020 theme park season (excluding Fireworks events on 6th, 7th and 8th November). Further information for guests with pre-booked and promotional tickets will be published on our website prior to opening.

In our 40th Birthday season, we are determined to be here for you and your families, offering awesome thrills and fantastic memories, as we have done for decades and will continue to do for many more.
We’ll be sharing our full plans soon.
In the meantime, please keep smiling, clapping and supporting each other.

See you soon! #AltonTowersTogether

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