Royal Carousel (Temporarily Closed)

A right royal procession has arrived at Alton Towers and all the queen's horses are ready to take you for a ride...

Royal Carousel

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the park have take the diffcult decision to postpone the opening of The World of David Walliams until 2021, which means that all the queen's horses and all the queen's men won't be riding anywhere this season.

The Queen

When one visits Alton Towers, one likes to arrive in style. And what could be better than a troop of the queen's finest horses?

Take a spin on one of these fine steeds through The World of David Walliams and you'll be at The Tower to see the crown jewels before you know it.

Gallopers Carousel

Gallopers Carousel in 1991

The carousel arrived at Alton Towers in 1991 and was located in the plaza outside Doom & Sons on Talbot Street in the area which would later be home to the great glass elevators of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The original rounding boards fo the ride were decorated with images of attractions from around the park and below the canopy were a team of traditional fairground horse, complete with real horsehair tails.

Land of Make Believe

In 1993 Talbot Street became The Land of Make Believe and the area around Doom & Sons was closed to the public so the ride was moved into a more central location and was renamed Gallopers Carousel.

This would not be the last time the ride moved and in 1997 The Gallopers relocated to Adventure Land, along with the Beastie. The ride lived here until 2004 when it moved back to Cred Street, in order to make way for Spinball Whizzer.

In 2008 the carousel briefly relocated to the hotels as part of The Elves' Playground during the 2008 Christmas event. For 2009 Cred Street was transformed into Cloud Cuckoo Land and the carousel received a vibrant new colour scheme.

The arrival of The World of David Walliams in 2020 saw a regal makeover for the carousel, which became the Royal Carousel.

Attraction Stats

Ride Length
2:00 (approx)
Max Speed
3.5 revs per min
450 riders per hour
Ride Capacity
36 riders


Opened as Gallopers Carousel in The Land of Make Believe
Became part of Adventure Land
27th March 2004
Became part of Cred Street
28th March 2009
Became Royal Carousel in The World of David Walliams

Attraction Facts

Also Known As
Gallopers Carousel (1991 - 2008)