Alton Towers is a theme park and resort located in Staffordshire, England. It attracts around 2.7 million visitors per year making it the most visited theme park in the United Kingdom. Alton Towers is also the 9th most visited theme park in Europe. It is based north of the village of Alton in Staffordshire (approximately 16 miles (26 km) east of Stoke-on-Trent), in the grounds of a semi-ruined gothic revival country house of the same name, the former seat of the Earls of Shrewsbury. The resort also includes two hotels; The Alton Towers Hotel and Splash Landings Hotel, The Alton Towers Waterpark (Cariba Creek), Extraordinary Golf, Conference Centre and The Alton Towers Spa (Located in the Alton Towers Hotel). Alton Towers is the flagship attraction of Merlin Entertainments in the United Kingdom.
The major attractions at Alton Towers include:
Nemesis, Europe's first inverted roller coaster. Oblivion, the world's first vertical drop roller coaster, now sponsored and themed in accordance with the flamboyant Fanta soft drink. Air, the world's first B&M flying roller coaster. Rita, a launched roller coaster which accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately 2.2 seconds. Th13teen, the world's first vertical free fall drop roller coaster, in which the track and train suddenly fall. The park's promotional music is In the Hall of the Mountain King, written by Edvard Grieg which has been used in TV promotions and around the park since the early 1990s.