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Cutting Edge Fun

Dare you brave the Blade? Take one massive shard of rusting metal and start it swinging through the Forbidden Forest. Then jump aboard for a seriously hair-raising, stomach-floating, zero-gravity near-vertical experience that gets ever more intense until you’re hovering off your seat, high in the sky. Try the very back for extra thrills – few are bold enough to sit there twice!

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Swing Into Action!

This huge shard of rusty metal was discarded during the Nemesis excavation.

It was found by one of the workers of the Phalanx, and crafted into a swinging blade that cuts through the Forbidden Valley.

As it swings through the air, back and forth, The Blade reaches a zero gravity moment. Float free from your seat and leave your stomach floating somewhere above you! As it flies back and forth, this pendulum swing reaches near-vertical angles.

Dare you sit right at the back of this swinging ship ride?!

Ride Stats

  • Location Forbidden Valley
  • Maximum Height 20m
  • Peak Angle 75 degrees
  • Top speed 19kph
  • Duration 1 min 30 seconds
  • Capacity 45 riders at a time. 
  • Can you ride?You must be at least 1.0 metre tall to ride The Blade. If you are under 1.3 metres, you must be accompanied by an adult.

This ride provides a unique feeling in your body (especially your stomach) like no other ride on the park.

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For a Tamer Experience...

For a tamer pirate ship experience, head to Mutiny Bay and climb aboard the decks of Heave Ho.

Unlike The Blade, this pirate ship stays firmly on the ground - or the high seas!

A rock ‘n’ tug family favourite, Heave Ho is a great alternative for those who aren’t feeling brave enough to tackle the thrilling pendulum action of The Blade.

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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