Blackpool named best day out in Europe

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach named UK's top amusement park
Blackpool Pleasure Beach named UK's top amusement park

Tourists have named Blackpool's attractions the best in Europe.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was voted the best amusement park in the UK in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards. Words: PA

The Lancashire amusement park was also voted the ninth best amusement park in Europe in the list compiled by TripAdvisor from millions of reviews.

Blackpool's Sandcastle Waterpark also proved a favourite with travellers - being placed eighth in a list of best European water parks.

Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, at Romsey in Hampshire, was 10th in the top European amusement park table, while Alton Towers in Staffordshire was 12th.

Four other UK attractions made it into the European amusement park top 25. Drayton Manor in Tamworth in Staffordshire was 13th, Thorpe Park in Chertsey in Surrey 14th, Brighton Pier in Sussex 18th and Fishers Farm in Wisborough Green in Sussex 21st.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Paultons Park were first and second in the best UK amusement park list, with Alton Towers third, Drayton Manor fourth and Thorpe Park fifth.

The world's top amusement park was Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, while the leading water park was Siam Park in Tenerife, which also topped the European water park table.

Europe's best amusement park was Europe-Park in Rust, Germany.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson said: "We are thrilled to be named the UK's best amusement park.

"We pride ourself on offering the best experience for a great day out."

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: "Blackpool Pleasure Beach is not just the country's best-rated amusement park, it is also one of the cheapest for a family day out among the UK top 10, proving that great value often trumps bigger rides in the eyes of consumers.

Top 10 UK amusement parks:

1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
2. Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, Romsey, Hampshire
3. Alton Towers, Farley, Staffordshire
4. Drayton Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire
5. Thorpe Park, Chertsey, Surrey
6. Brighton Pier, Brighton
7. Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green, West Sussex
8. Sundown Adventureland, Retford, Nottinghamshire
9. GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Wales
10. Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Top 10 water parks in Europe:

1. Siam Park, Adeje, Spain
2. Lago Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
3. WaterWorld Waterpark, Ayia Napa, Cyprus
4. The Water Park, Faliraki, Greece
5. Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, Salou, Spain
6. Fasouri Watermania Water Park, Limassol, Cyprus
7. Aqualandia, Benidorm, Spain
8. Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool, United Kingdom
9. Aqua Fantasy Aquapark, Kusadasi, Turkey
10. Action Aquapark, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

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