Standing proud at the heart of the theme park, the iconic Alton Towers are brimming with history. The ruins themselves are full of surprises, from hidden period features, tales from the past or the viewing galleries on the roof that offers spectacular views over the park. They are also home to a tale with a twist, as unfold in Hex - The Legend of the Towers.
The area around the entrance to the Towers is known as Fountain Square and provides access to Cloud Cuckoo Land on one side and Dark Forest on another. The square is home Woodcutters Bar and Grill, which offers views out over the Dovecote, one of the Towers' many formal gardens.
The Towers have always been a big part of Alton Towers, even before the theme park existed. Since the 1950s they have housed attractions, with the Model Railway being installed in 1957. Located in the Chapel, at the time it was the largest miniature railway in Great Britain.
In the 1970s the Towers also welcomed a new addition in the form of the Planetarium, which was located in the central courtyard. Traces of this attraction can still be found today in the conservatories in the form of painted floors.
In the same decade the ruins were improved to allow the public to explore them. Many new stairways were fitted to improve safety, and visitors were allowed onto the rooftops, allowing them to soak up the spectacular views.
Throughout the 1980s and 90s both attractions left the park, with the Planetarium being the first in 1987, followed by the Model Railway in 1992.
The ruins remained unoccupied up until 2000, when the armory, Octagon, and conservatories were renovated to accommodate Hex - The Legend of The Towers, which takes guests on a journey through the darker history of the Towers.
In 2003 the Chapel once again played host to an attraction, when a Christian educational attraction known as Crux was installed. However, this was short-lived, and the exhibition closed two years later.