Saving Money Alton Towers
Doing Alton Towers on a budget!
Alton Towers is one of the best family friendly days out in the UK. This famous theme park has something for everyone, from the oldest member of the party to the youngest, so whether you are looking for adrenaline pumping rollercoasters or tame rides for the little ones to enjoy, you are sure to find something to suit your preferences.
However a weekend at Alton Towers certainly doesn’t come cheap, so if you are travelling on a budget, you will want to know how to get the most from your money. Here is our guide to the best ways of doing Alton Towers on a budget.
Getting Cheap Passes
Buying your tickets on the day at the theme park door will set you back a lot more than if you do your research and make your purchases sensibly in advance. There are lots of ways of saving money when it comes to finding cheap passes for Alton Towers, so your first step should be to look online for discount vouchers and existing deals that will cut the cost of your visit.
Some attraction ticket websites offer cheaper prices than if you buy direct from the theme park itself, so try searching those before you make a purchase. If you are a Tesco Clubcard customer, you can also make significant savings on your family ticket prices by exchanging some of your points for vouchers for this theme park.
Where To Stay
If you want to get the most out of your visit to Alton Towers you should really make a weekend of it. This is a big theme park and there are lots of things to see and do, and if you want to experience everything you will need at least two days.
Of course, if you choose to make your visit a longer stay you will need to find suitable accommodation and this can prove to be expensive if you are travelling on a budget. Alton Towers has its own hotels which are conveniently located by the theme park, however these can be very expensive when compared to other local options.
If you really want to stay in a resort hotel you should do your research well in advance and search for deals online before your make your reservation.
The Alton Towers website itself often has special offers for those who want to stay in their accommodation, so take advantage of the best one for you. If you are really trying to save money, a local bed and breakfast is probably the best option, or one of the many budget chain hotels nearby such as Travelodge or Premier Inn, although booking well in advance is the key to making the biggest savings.
If there are a lot of you travelling together, you will probably save more by reserving self catering accommodation which will allow you to save money on your food too.
Where To Eat
Eating out can prove to be a very expensive part of your stay, and we all know that theme park food can be pricey. You can take your own food into Alton Towers if you want to maximise your savings and there are picnic areas around the park where you can enjoy your own homemade lunch.
This is especially helpful if you are staying in self catering accommodation where you have access to plenty of cooking facilities. Alternatively, if you don’t want the hassle of carrying food around all day, you can invest in the Alton Towers All Day Dining pass which allows each member of your party to eat as much as they like for one single fee throughout the day.
This package can be booked online and requires a minimum of two people to participate. While this is not cheap at around £33 per adult and £18 per child, if you are going to have a lot of snacks, meals and drinks during your day in the park, it will save you a lot of money.
If you are staying in accommodation that is offsite, you can visit one of the local pubs or fast food restaurants in the nearby area after your visit to the theme park to save money on your evening meal and simply take your own portable snacks into the park to keep you going throughout the day instead of buying expensive treats.
Travelling To Alton Towers
If you don’t have your own transport, one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get to Alton Towers is to book an all inclusive coach trip which will package your entry tickets with your travel costs.
Driving there in your own car is probably the easiest and most convenient way to travel, however depending on where you live, petrol costs could be quite high.
If you are planning on arriving by train you will need to book well in advance in order to secure the cheapest possible ticket price. If you are eligible, applying for one of the many railcards (such as the senior railcard, young person’s railcard or family railcard) that represent a significant saving on the full price of your travel is definitely a good idea.
The MegaBus is another incredibly cheap travel option which is ideal, especially if you are travelling in a smaller group. If you book well in advance you can buy tickets for as little as a few pounds and even if you book just a couple of days before you go you can usually still save a lot of money when compared to other options such as train travel.