Drayton Manor is a modern theme park and zoo built in grounds of the Drayton Manor Estate. The actual theme park sprawls across 113 acres although the entire grounds are actually more than twice that size.
It features some of Britain’s largest and most exciting rides including ‘The Shockwave’ which is Europe’s only stand-up roller coaster. The park is open for around eight months of the year centred on the summer season and attracts over 1.5 million people every year. It also opens for some special occasions such as Drayton’s Magical Christmas. Only the zoo is open all year round. A popular section of the park is ‘Thomas Land’ which is entirely dedicated to the characters of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. It is the section of the park specifically aimed at younger children.
The park is divided into seven sectors: Thomas Land, Aerial Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Action Park, Pirate Cove, The Zoo (including the Dino-trail) and Farmer McColl’s Farm. Drayton Manor has over 40 rides and attractions. The theme park has its own 4-star hotel with 150 guest rooms including 11 designed to match the Thomas & Friends theme. It has banqueting and wedding facilities.
The original Drayton Manor Estate was established very shortly after the Norman Conquest and was originally owned by the Basset family. In 1929, after a long succession of owners, the remaining buildings of the estate were demolished with the exception of the clock tower. The land was sold to the Bryan family in 1949 who established a modest amusement park. A small zoo was added in 1954 and for the next 25 years the leisure gardens expanded slowly but were soon a firm favourite with people from the region. The 1980’s saw a significant expansion of the funfair industry around the world and Drayton manor was no exception. Large and sophisticated rides were added and the park transformed into theme park that exists today. Drayton Manor Park is located in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England.
- During the Middle Ages the land was used as a deer park.
- The land was once owned by a British Prime Minister – Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet – who also established the first modern police force.
- Queen Victoria once visited Drayton Manor before it became a theme park.
- The oldest part of the park is the ‘Bell Tower’ which is the only remaining building from the original estate.
- The first attractions ever installed at the park included three hand-operated rides (swings), some pedal cars, six rowing boats and a set of second- hand dodgem cars. The original tiny tea room was said to serve the best cakes for 10 miles.
- Today the park has over 100 attractions.
- Drayton Manor is the 5th most visited theme park in Britain.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Drayton Manor Drive, Drayton Manor, near Tamworth
Staffordshire, England, B78 3TW
+44 (0)1827 260 617
- Address: Drayton Manor Dr, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, B78 3TW
- GPS: 52.61043333,-1.715944444
- Phone: 0044 (0)8444 721 950
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: B78 3TW
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Disabled Access: Access to park is excellent / Access to rides very limited
- Visibility from Road: None