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    • sasha007
    • By sasha007 27th Mar 18, 4:51 PM
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    Alton Towers - When to visit
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    Alton Towers - When to visit 27th Mar 18 at 4:51 PM
    Hi,

    I am planning to visit Alton towers theme park from Manchester. I've read reviews and it does not make any sense to visit them on a weekend. I'm flexible to visit on a weekday, but wondering how busy they would be on weekdays in the first 2 weeks of April given School Easter holidays are from 29 March 2018 to 16 April 2018.
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    • z1a
    • By z1a 27th Mar 18, 6:32 PM
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    Very busy on any school hols.
    • digitpedia
    • By digitpedia 27th Mar 18, 6:36 PM
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    Unfortunately it will always be busy on the school holidays. They do offer those Fastrack ticket things that allow you to queue for much shorter times for rollercoasters. Can't remember how much they are though, think it might be 20 each, so not cheap. It's a really fun park though so still worth going.
    • lewishardwick
    • By lewishardwick 27th Mar 18, 10:18 PM
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    • 27th Mar 18, 10:18 PM
    I've found any time after the Easter holidays is going to be busy.

    Students on 'study leave' will take full advantage of the free time...
    • sasha007
    • By sasha007 29th Mar 18, 1:03 PM
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    • 29th Mar 18, 1:03 PM
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    • 29th Mar 18, 1:03 PM
    So probably going after the Easter holidays, it would not be busy ?
    • susancs
    • By susancs 29th Mar 18, 2:20 PM
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    We had annual Merlin passes and although we lived further away in London we used to look at the weather forecast and go on a rainy day as there were no queues. We had some Poundland disposable ponchos and wrapped up well. School holidays, when the weather is good means a busy park where you spend more time queuing than going on rides. School inset days are sometimes a good time to go.

    If you go on a wet day, you can get free tickets to return another day as well. https://www.altontowers.com/tickets/rainy-day-guarantee/
    • sasha007
    • By sasha007 29th Mar 18, 4:30 PM
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    • 29th Mar 18, 4:30 PM
    Easter holidays are ending 16th April so probably park would not be busy after 17th April then ?
    • z1a
    • By z1a 29th Mar 18, 10:01 PM
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    No .
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 30th Mar 18, 1:51 PM
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    I went on one of the May bank holiday days once - the other 2 days had forecast for sun, the day I went forecast for rain. It was SO quiet, I got straight on Air (was a few years ago I went) and Nemesis. Short queue for 13 and Smiler, about a 50 minute queue for Rita.

    We did all the big rides so went on some of the less thrill rides we wouldn't normally have time for. It did rain a bit, but we still had fun!

    So keep an eye on the weather if bank holiday looks rainy, it might be a good time to go!
    • deanos
    • By deanos 11th Apr 18, 7:55 PM
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    http://www.towersalmanac.com/need_to_know/opening_dates.php
    • Supersonos
    • By Supersonos 8th Aug 18, 9:19 AM
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    We once booked a hotel etc. and were so annoyed to see the weather forecast was solid rain all day.

    But in fact, it rained until about 10am and then the sun came out. The place was empty - it was fantastic! Although it made us realise how little there is to do when half your day isn't filled with queuing.
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