April 2022 visit

Discussion in 'Your Alton Towers Trip Reports and Plans' started by EllS87, 29th Dec 2021.

  1. EllS87

    EllS87 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    8
    Hi all, first time poster, looking for some advice on a provisional trip in April 2022.

    I'm travelling with a 2 year and 5 year old, and was initially tempted by the hotels on resort due to convenience/free parking, but the pricing and reviews of the hotels are putting me off slightly.

    We're planning to do the water park on day, and the theme park on the second day, and will stay overnight between. Any opinions and recommendations on whether to stay on resort, or travel in would be greatly appreciated with bonus points available for hotel/self catering name drops too!

    Thanks in advance, seasoned Towerers :)
     
    Skyscraper likes this.
    Posted 29th Dec 2021
    #1
  2. Thameslink Rail

    Thameslink Rail TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    1,980
    Likes Received:
    2,326
    Favourite Ride:
    The Smiler
    Hello and welcome to TowersStreet :)
    The accommodation offerings at the resort are currently getting quite a lot of complaints as the quality is not great for the price (https://towersstreet.com/talk/threads/the-hotels-a-deep-seated-culture-of-mediocrity.5941/).
    Many members recommend Chained Oak Farm B&B just outside the park. If this is too expensive for you then there is a Travelodge in Ashbourne (8 mile drive).
     
    Jim, JAperson and Skyscraper like this.
    Posted 29th Dec 2021
    #2
  3. JAperson

    JAperson TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    1,367
    @Thameslink Rail was great but I will add that if you do decide to go to somewhere not in walking distance of alton towers you would have to pay parking for both days. Currently, I believe parking is £6 a day.
     
    Thameslink Rail likes this.
    Posted 29th Dec 2021
    #3
  4. Jim

    Jim TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    89
    Favourite Ride:
    Wicker Man (Row 1), Alton Towers
    The Travelodge in Ashbourne came in at £90 a night when I checked last year. <1 hour away in Derby, the Travelodge was around £30 a night. This was for just single adult. You do need to hut around, but closer you get to Alton Towers the steeper the prices are.

    Check the the Travelodge in Rugeley as well, don't remember the cost but if I've remembered the location then its cheap and within the <1 hour drive to the park ;).

    With little ones, it might be worth considering express parking up charge (£18 last year if I remember) to save on walking/queuing for monorail on the theme park day (if going on a peak day).
     
    Posted 30th Dec 2021
    #4
  5. Matt878787

    Matt878787 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    552
    Likes Received:
    851
    Location:
    London
    Favourite Ride:
    Nemesis
    Welcome to the forum :)

    If you decide on self-catering, I highly recommend this cottage. It’s around a 15 minute drive to the park & incredibly cosy, so it’s great to relax after a long day at the park.

    https://www.sykescottages.co.uk/favourites/id/?utm_dimension=KEP-14387

    Edit: Doesn’t look like the link works. It’s called Nutwood Cottage, located in Tean. Via Sykes Cottages website.
     
    Skyscraper likes this.
    Posted 30th Dec 2021
    #5
  6. EllS87

    EllS87 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    8
    Thank you so much everyone, massive help and looks like you’ve saved me a fair amount of money too! Sadly, the B&B is already fully booked for our dates but I’ve got some ideas at least now on best plans.

    Final Q, if you don’t mind? Any thoughts/feedback on the stargazing pods? Had a quick search on the forums but it looks like they’re quite new?
     
    JAperson and Skyscraper like this.
    Posted 30th Dec 2021
    #6
  7. rob666

    rob666 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    5,473
    Likes Received:
    9,969
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Very unpopular on here...poor value, badly themed sheds with few amenities, but the trip adviser reviews are generally ok.
    Take sleeping bags down the bottom of the gardens...save the second days admission and the hotel room!
     
    EllS87 likes this.
    Posted 30th Dec 2021
    #7
  8. EllS87

    EllS87 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    8
    I had a Google of reviews straight after I posted and did a big, ol’ NOPE within about ten seconds. I can’t even bring myself to show my 6’5” husband the pictures…. :D
     
    Poisson, AT86, rob666 and 1 other person like this.
    Posted 30th Dec 2021
    #8
  9. jon81uk

    jon81uk TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4,906
    Likes Received:
    4,489
    Not sure how easy it would be walking across the fields with a 2 year old, but the Chained Oak B&B is excellent and you can leave the car there and walk to the park via a field and the AT service road. It’s almost as close as walking from the main car park!
    Even if you decide to drive over the road to AT it is still a lovely B&B with a great breakfast.
     
    Posted 30th Dec 2021
    #9
  10. Skyscraper

    Skyscraper TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    6,440
    Likes Received:
    4,288
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Favourite Ride:
    Nemesis
    She's already checked and found that the Chained Oak is fully booked for the dates she's going (See her post above). :(
    Good suggestion though. :)
     
    jon81uk likes this.
  11. EllS87

    EllS87 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    8
    Hi everyone, thanks to your expert help on my last post, I decided against staying on resort and booked a B&B alongside our two day tickets and waterpark entry.
    Our plan is to do the waterpark in the morning on the first day, and pop in to AT park in the afternoon and return for a full day in the main park the next day.
    Question time!
    1) Can I leave my car in the SL hotel car park after we've visited the waterpark and easily get to the main park? We'll have a 5 and 2 year old with us so a massive walk isn't ideal really!
    2) I have booked a £6 parking pass (couldn't see any availability for the Express Parking option??) but presume I can only use this on one day?

    Finally, if anyone has any top tips for our trip and making it more successful with young ones in tow, we'd appreciate your thoughts!

    Thanks in advance, as ever!
     
    Skyscraper likes this.
  12. Matt.GC

    Matt.GC TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2,386
    Likes Received:
    5,345
    I think a mod will probably say this belongs in quick questions. But yes, SL car park is right by the monorail station which will take you to the park entrance. Just follow the footprints painted on the tarmac. If it's not running for whatever reason and you're not staying on resort, you won't be able to use the Galactica entrance (which is a simple 5 min walk from SL). Otherwise it's a 10-15 hilly walk I'm afraid. Car park tickets are valid for one day. You'll need one for each day.
     
  13. jon81uk

    jon81uk TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4,906
    Likes Received:
    4,489
    You won’t need a car park ticket if you leave the car in the Splash Landings car park I think.
     
  14. rob666

    rob666 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    5,473
    Likes Received:
    9,969
    Location:
    Lancashire
    I think you need a parking ticket if you are doing the water park without being a hotel resident.
     
  15. AT86

    AT86 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2,683
    Likes Received:
    7,403
    Parking is free for Waterpark visitors, if the barrier is down on your way out just show the staff member your water park tickets and they will let you out.
     
    rob666 and Skyscraper like this.

Share This Page