Ever wondered what the park looked like 15 or maybe 25 years ago? Here are the guide books from yesteryear where you can find many photographs and much information about the park years before it
evolved into what it is today.
was one of the first Guidebooks to be produced by the park after
the Second World War. The guide contains detailed information
about gardens and towers. There were a few places to eat on the
grounds, but back then Alton Towers offered a peaceful day out for
guide was used after a fairground had been installed behind the
Towers and a motor boat had been added to the boating lake. Most the
information found in this Guidebook is about the Towers and the
Grounds. There was still plenty to do, but it was certainly a
different type of day out back then from what we are used to today.
one of the Guidebooks which the park used after the cable cars had
been installed in the park during the 1960s. Other new attractions
around this time were the new paddling pool in front of the Towers
and donkey rides
One of the park's
first guidebooks to be produced in full colour. This guide was in
use during the time of decimalisation, with versions advertising
the park's price in both decimal and pre-decimal currency. (A
bargain at 25p for adult and 12.5p for children.
One of the first
Leaflets to be produced after the Towers had become an amusement
park. Guest paid just £2.50 for all the attractions in the park,
including such classic rides as the Log Flume and the Corkscrew.
Leaflet tells you about some of the history of the towers which
you can't find in the other guides. The Leaflet also lists the
opening times and gives information about the shows and rides
which were around in 1982! In 1982 it only cost £3.00 per person
to enter, which includes all the rides and shows! Quite a bargain.
in 1983 were the Vintage Cars and Dragon Rollercoaster (the
Beastie) as well as the International Circus in the Big Top.
This was the last year the parked referred to its main areas as
the Springfield, Ingestre and Talbot Centres and it cost just
£3.95 to get in!!
such as the Black Hole and the Corkscrew are now well established
attractions at the park. The new ride for this year was the 4 Man
Bob coaster. This guide is aimed a lot more at the rides, although
the guide still takes the heritage into consideration with a
section for the gardens and towers.
was the Diamond Jubilee for the park; the grounds had been open
for a total of 60 years and the park had been in development for
10 years. The park has decided to use the corkscrew on the front
page of the guide again as it really was Alton Towers flagship
coaster at the time.