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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...

Have a short break booked before 25th April? We can move your stay date with no extra cost!

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Alton Towers Resort as a precautionary measure.

For guests with short breaks arriving up to and including 25th April 2020, we have relaxed our usual terms and conditions so you can now reschedule your break to another date in the 2020 season with no additional cost*

Please visit the Manage My Booking site and complete the booking amendment form, including your booking reference and the preferred date you would like to rearrange your booking to. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alton Towers Resort soon. Thank you for your patience.

*Subject to availability, please provide 3 alternative dates in order of preference, dates allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note – if you have booked a partner Hotel (a Hotel off site), most will honour the price you booked at, however there are a small number which cannot, we will let you know based on the dates you choose.