The parks we want to go to are Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Blackpool and possibly Drayton.
Am I correct in that we would probably need to fly into Heathrow in London or is there another airport that we could look at?
Also any help with transportation in England between the parks and Lond on (if that is the only airport) would be appreciated as we would prefer not to drive if possible.
Have fun and hit up Nemesis Inferno a couple of times for me!
Thorpe, Blackpool and Drayton to a slightly lesser extent are quite easy to get to by public transport. Alton is in the middle of nowhere but there is a bus service from the local mainline station.
Look at coming into Manchester, or Heathrow. Manchester isn't too far from Blackpool. Heathrow isn't too far from Thorpe.
You could come into Heathrow, see London, do Thorpe. Train up to Manchester and go to Blackpool. Train down to the midlands and do Alton & Drayton (pretty close), and back down to Heathrow.
The nearest to Alton Towers is East Midlands, but as far as I know there's nothing from the United States directly there. You can take Continental from Newark to Birmingham (BHX) which is very close to Drayton Manor and about an hour up the road from Alton Towers.
Thorpe is about ten minutes away from Heathrow. As for Blackpool, Rick is right - Manchester is the way to go. Though you could take an internal flight from London Stansted to Blackpool with Ryanair; just be aware that the bag weight limit is fairly low and that might catch you out as a foreigner. Also Stansted is quite a distance from Heathrow - you need to take a train from London Liverpool Street which takes 45 minutes or so. In reality it might be best to go straight to Blackpool!
We were looking at flight prices between flying ino London and or Manchester and there is maybe 100 dollar difference.
We also looked at maybe renting a car to get to the parks and it was reasonably priced so we might look at getting a car now but still undecide.
Would there be a better time to go than late July-early August for when the parks would be less busy?
Thanks for everyone's input so far.
You would be best avoiding those for Alton/Thorpe/Drayton. Doesn't matter too much at Blackpool.
I might add, that of all the airports I've been to in the world, Heathrow was without a doubt my least favorite. It was built in various stages and it looks it. The layout is all wrong, I think terminal two was converted from a parking garage, it's small and claustrophobic. Just getting from your terminal to baggage claim and then public transportation is like walking through a fun house maze--minus the fun. They say you need to allow 75 minutes to get from terminal 4 to terminal 1. I would avoid it like the plague.
Jeffrey Seifert said:
It doesn't matter which airport you fly into, you can get to anywhere you need via train or bus.
I don't think the original poster was asking about Japan!
There are many places in England you can get to via train or bus, but just as many that you can't.
I know that I might not get on all the coasters but would this be a better time to go and what is the weather like?
It looks like Blackpool would be open everyday in March when we would be over there but you are correct in Alton hours aren't up yet.
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