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Blackpool Pleasure Beach Named UK’s Top Amusement Park In TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions
Blackpool also home to one of world’s best rated water parks, according to millions of traveller reviews and opinions

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has today been named as the best rated amusement park in the UK in the Travellers’ Choice TM awards for Amusement Parks and Water Parks, announced by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*.

The Lancashire amusement park, which boasts such attractions as the Big One and Valhalla, is also named in the top ten amusement parks in Europe, alongside the likes of Walt Disney Studios Park in France and Germany’s Europa-Park.

In fact, it is not just Lancashire that has cause to celebrate; as it is revealed that the UK is home to more 2014 award-winning amusement parks than any other European country, with seven winning parks named in Europe’s top 25.

Within the UK, it is the South East that comes up trumps, taking home more TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Amusement Parks than anywhere else in the country. Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World in Romsey, Hampshire Thorpe Park Resort in Chertsey, Surrey, Brighton Pier, East Sussex and Fishers Adventure Farm Park in Wisborough Green, West Sussex take second, fifth, sixth and seventh place in the UK respectively. The four South East parks are also all named in Europe’s top 25.

Florida’s Discovery Cove in Orlando earns the coveted position of best amusement park in the world.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Managing Director, Amanda Thompson OBE, said, "We are thrilled to be named the UK's best amusement park in the UK by TripAdvisor, a trusted travel site where the view of our guests count for so much. We are constantly looking to improve the value for money we give our guests.”

Double win for Blackpool as waterpark is named in world’s best

In the water parks category, the seaside town of Blackpool scores a second win as Sandcastle Waterpark is revealed as one of the top 25 in the world and eighth best in Europe. Alton Towers Waterpark in Farley, Staffordshire also ranks in Europe’s top 25. The world’s best rated water park is named as Siam Park in Tenerife.

“Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for a buzz this summer or a parent planning a family day out during the school holidays, this list of winners should provide plenty of inspiration,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, James Kay.

“Blackpool Pleasure Beach is not just the country’s best rated amusement park, it is also one of the cheapest for a family day out among the UK top ten, proving that great value often trumps bigger rides in the eyes of consumers,” James continued.

In addition to announcing the UK’s best rated amusement parks, TripAdvisor can also reveal the cost of visiting each park for a family of four, including an overnight stay in a nearby four star hotel[i]:

Travellers Choice Ranking

Amusement Park

Ticket price (family of four – two adults, two children)

Hotel price (one night in nearby 4* hotel)



Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool





Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, Romsey





Alton Towers, Farley





Drayton Manor, Tamworth





Thorpe Park Resort, Chertsey*





Brighton Pier, Brighton





Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green





Sundown Adventureland, Retford





GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli**





Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea




*Indicates the most expensive amusement park for a family visit and overnight stay.

**Indicates the cheapest amusement park for a family visit and overnight stay.

Travellers’ Choice awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Amusement Parks – UK

Amusement Parks – World

  1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire

  1. Discovery Cove, Orlando, United States

  2. Europa-Park, Rust, Germany

  1. Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, Romsey, Hampshire

  1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida

  1. Alton Towers, Farley, Staffordshire

  1. Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

  1. Drayton Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire

  1. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida

  1. Thorpe Park Resort, Chertsey, Surrey

  1. Beto Carrero World, Penha, Brazil

  1. Brighton Pier, Brighton, East Sussex

  1. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California

  1. Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green, West Sussex

  1. Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa Island, Singapore

  1. Sundown Adventureland, Retford, Nottinghamshire

  1. PortAventura Park, Salou, Spain

  1. GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli, North West Wales

  2. Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

  1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida




Amusement Parks – Europe

Water Parks – World


  1. Europa-Park, Rust, Germany

  1. Siam Park, Adeje, Spain

  1. PortAventura Park, Salou, Spain

  1. Beach Park, Aquiraz, Brazil

  1. Walt Disney Studios Park, Marne-la-Vallee, France

  1. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando, Florida

  1. Disney Land Park, Marne-la-Vallee, France

  1. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Orlando, Florida

  1. Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

  1. Waterbom Bali, Kuta, Indonesia

  1. Gardaland Park, Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

  2. Zoomarine Algarve, Guia, Portugal

  1. Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  1. Efteling, Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands

  1. Hot Park – Brazil, Rio Quente, Brazil

  1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, United Kingdom

  1. Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  1.  Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, Romsey, United Kingdom

  2.  Alton Towers, Farley, United Kingdom

  3.  Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth, United Kingdom

  4.  Thorpe Park Resort, Chertsey, Surrey

  5.  Brighton Pier, Brighton, United Kingdom

  6.  Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green, United Kingdom


  1. Aquatica, Orlando, Florida

  2. Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island, Caribbean


Water Parks – Europe

  1. Siam Park, Adeje, Spain

  1. Lago Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain

  1. WaterWorld Waterpark, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

  1. The Water Park, Faliraki, Greece

  1. Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, Salou, Spain

  1. Fasouri Watermania Water Park, Limassol, Cyprus

  2. Aqualandia, Benidorm, Spain

  3.        Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool, United Kingdom

  4. Aqua Fantasy Aquapark, Kusadasi, Turkey

  5. Action Aquapark, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria


For the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Amusement Parks and Water Parks, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to:

[i] Prices for hotel stays and amusement park tickets were taken between 8 – 9 July. Prices were collected through a the following research methods:

Hotel prices: Specify the average cost of a single night hotel stay for a family of four. Stays are for between 15 July and 22 September 2014 in a double occupancy room, at a hotel located within a 5-mile radius of the amusement park.

Amusement Park ticket prices: Specify the cost of one day’s visit for a family of four. Where available, the cost specifies the price of a family ticket. If not available, the cost specifies the equivalent ticket price for a family of four e.g. two adult tickets combined with the price of two child tickets.