Covering over 500 acres, Thorpe Park is today a top water park in the United Kingdom and offers amusement for young people, families and groups. Thorpe Park is situated on the eastern edge of Leeds City Centre, in Chertsey, Surrey, England. Thorpe Park is within easy reach of London. Regular South West trains run from Waterloo direct to Staines. A shuttle bus operates from Staines station to the Park running every half hour.
Thorpe Park has been built on what used to be a quarry. In the early 1970s, after the quarry had been closed, they decided to fill in the site and turn it into a leisure park. However, it turned out that the site filling would take about 20 years to do. So, instead they filled it in with water to make Thorpe Park an island.
The park opened as a water park in 1979. Water rides are what Thorpe Park is most famous for. The park's impressive line-up of water rides includes Tidal Wave, which boasts the biggest drop on water rides in Europe (26 metres). In addition to Tidal Wave, you can also go white-water rafting down Thunder River, brave the Logger's Leap (a classic log flume), or take the plunge on Depth Charge.
Neptune's Kingdom is a great place for the whole family to enjoy Neptune's Beach and its pools. One of the main attractions at the water park is racing boats of Depth Charge where you can race with your mates. Guests will be charmed to see Port Atlantis, a large underwater cave filled with Arcade Games, shops and restaurants. The Carribean Quay has a great selection of rides from the 5.5 G Detonator and Nemesis Inferno, the world's hottest suspended coaster, to the Ribena Rumba Rapids.
When in this magic water park, you will be glad to join Captain Lucky, Cabin Boy Davey and Justa the Parrott on a Pirate Adventure. The adrenaline soaked line-up is completed by the mighty Samurai. Take the Water Bus from the Carribean Quay to meet the animal residents at Thorpe Farm, a traditional 1930s working farm with sheep, pigs, cows and goats, all of which kids can see and safely touch in Animal Encounters.
Thorpe Park 2006 is a home to some of the most exciting roller coasters in Europe. New for Thorpe Park, for instance, Stealth is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe. Not all the rides are so intense, though. Younger children will enjoy Miss Hippo's Jungle Safari and Storm In A Teacup, as well as Octopus Garden, a haven of kiddie fun in the centre of the park.
You can enjoy a nice cup of tea on the Tea Cup Ride or sit back and relax in the 4-D Cinema. For family fun, get your dancing shoes on and come and see Billy, Bo and Benny, The Top Rockers, performing some great chart hits that will have you dancing in the aisles. Plus the awesome Spiderman show which is not to be missed.
The wettest and wildest of British theme parks, Thorpe Park is an essential destination both for kids of all ages and their parents. Thorpe Park, the best water park of Great Britain, has something for everyone. Thorpe Park is guaranteed to leave you glowing with energy and reliving your fun-filled visit for weeks after.