Blast through an advanced launch portal to a dimension beyond your wildest imagination. Break free from Earth’s atmosphere and glide through the air on our iconic flying rollercoaster.

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The Story of Galactica

THRILL SEEKERS TOP TIP: Start your day out with a journey on Galactica, for the chance to ride before other guests arrive.

Ride Information

Ride Information

Ride Stats


Forbidden Valley

Maximum Height


Top speed




Track Length



1 min 40 seconds

Ride Features

2 inversions


1500 riders per hour

Can you ride?

You must be at least 1.4m to ride.

Prepare for a journey beyond your imagination. Experience Galactica, Alton Towers’ iconic free fly rollercoaster.

Fly face down, close to the ground, and narrowly brush past the trees and theme park footpaths. From ‘lie to fly’ to ‘fly to lie’, you’ll experience two full 360 degree inversions. Flip onto your back in the world’s first ‘lying down’ ride position. Look up towards the vast expanse of space, the universe and the unknown.


Soar, spiral and glide, around the rollercoaster track that simulates the sensations of flight. Galactica is much more than a standard inverted roller coaster; it is a high g-force roller coaster where you can almost touch the ground and the sky. Embark on an exhilarating expedition to another dimension!

Ride Updates/Improvements

Galactica was designed by John Wardley, who has created some of the world’s wildest rides, including Nemesis and Oblivion. Originally built as Secret Weapon 5, our ‘Aerial Inversion Ride’ (AIR) was the first flying roller coaster at Alton Towers Resort. AIR also offered the world’s first ‘lying down’ experience on a ride.


Our dedication to taking thrill seekers further than ever led us to upgrade, advance and boost the flight to another dimension. Galactica was introduced as the world’s first VR rollercoaster. Each rider entered another world, as they hurtled out of the atmosphere at 3.5Gs.


But most thrill seekers prefer to experience the flying rollercoaster the traditional way. You spoke and we listened. This former virtual reality rollercoaster now takes you on an other-worldly experience, without ever leaving the park.

Galactica Rollercoaster Reviews

Galactica Rollercoaster Reviews

“One of the best rides the country has to offer. As close to flying as you can get!” - Birmingham Live


This ride is amazing! As soon as you are lifted above the ground, it feels as if you are flying.” - Towers Almanac


“The best ride of its type in Britain. It's not scary, but it's packed full of fun and excitement.” - Towers Almanac

A thrilling experience and a unique ride. I highly recommend this ride to lovers of Nemesis and similar rides.” - Towers Almanac

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