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Top Theme Parks For Families In London

by Rebecca Formston (follow)
For nothing but pure fun

For all the thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers in London, take a look at these awesome theme parks located in and around the city. A great place to visit as a family as there's always something everyone can enjoy, though be prepared for queues during school holiday times. Here's our favourites:

1. Thorpe Park

Located just south west of central London in Surrey, is the amazing theme park, Thorpe Park. Home to some of the biggest roller coasters in the UK, such as Stealth, Colossus and The Swarm, it's the perfect place for all thrill seekers! There's also plenty to do for younger visitors too, such as the classic tea cups ride, dodgems and the Angry Birds 4D experience. On hot days, cool off on one of the many water rides, though be prepared to get soaked!

With a range of eateries to choose from, plus plenty of amenities located around the park, Thorpe Park makes for a great day out. For those really seeking a thrill, definitely check out the popular Fright Nights, held every Halloween.

Tickets for a whole family can get pricey, but you can save over 40% if you buy online. If you want to extend your stay, there's also the option of checking in to the resort hotel.

2. Chessington World of Adventures

For a wild adventure, head to Chessington World of Adventures, with over 40 rides and attractions, plus 1000 animals in the parks own zoo and sea life centre. Aimed for families, Chessington has so much to see and do; there's even the option of extending your visit by staying over night at one of three unique accommodation options.

This theme park has plenty of different rides to suit adrenaline junkies and young children, plus several live shows and events happening to keep everyone entertained. For Gruffalo fans, be sure to check out the new Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, where visitors can come face to face with the Gruffalo!

3. Legoland

One of the UK's most popular theme parks for kids is Legoland in Windsor. Lego fans will be in awe at all the lego models and kids of all ages (and their parents!) will enjoy all the lego themed rides. The resort has literally been "built for kids" and with over 55 interactive rides, shows and attractions, there's plenty to keep everyone busy. Toddlers will love the entire DUPLO-themed area and older kids can play the day away on the huge Castaway Camp adventure playground. Other highlights include digging for pirate gold, the 4D movie theatre, the lego Star Wars miniland model display and the two water play areas: Drench Towers and Splash Safari.

For an extended stay, check out the resort's two awesome hotels: The Legoland Resort Hotel and The Legoland Castle Hotel for the ultimate sleepover!

Photo credit - Legoland Windsor Facebook page

4. Shrek's Adventure! London

Calling all Shrek fans- are you ready to be taken to the kingdom of Far Far Away on board the Dreamworks tour bus for the ultimate 4D Shrek experience? Your tour guide will be none other than the hilarious and loveable Donkey and you'll be taken through ten different fairy-tale-themed live shows. Located on London's South Bank, this place is a great place to visit with children if you're making a trip into Central London.

5. Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Any Harry Potter fans in your household? For a magical day out, make sure you make a visit to the brilliant Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter. Check out the real sets from the movies and pretend you're a real witch or wizard for the day. Take a walk through the Forbidden Forest, have your photo taken in front of the original Hogwarts Express or check out the beautiful costumes from the wardrobe department. Tickets for sessions get booked up so buy your tickets here.

Do you know of any other amazing theme parks in or around London? Please let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

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