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The UK's top 10 theme parks to visit with the kids in the summer holidays

Your summer holiday plans, sorted

Chloe Best

TripAdvisor has released a guide to the UK's most popular amusement parks - just in time for the summer holidays. Perfect to keep little ones entertained during their time off school, these parks have something to offer children of all ages, with Paultons Park - home to Peppa Pig World - claiming the top spot.

Award-winners were determined by an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. See which other attractions made the top ten and plan your summer visit!

1. Paultons Park – Romsey, England

The home of Peppa Pig World and dinosaur theme park Lost Kingdom was revealed to be the UK's most popular amusement park, and it's easy to see why. Paultons Park has lots to offer the whole family, with over 70 rides and attractions such as Adventure Golf, the Water Kingdom, playgrounds and several beautiful gardens. An advance day ticket costs £29.25, children under 1 metre go free. See more at paultonspark.co.uk. (Photo: Paultons Park)

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2. Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Blackpool, England

A favourite among visitors to the seaside town of Blackpool, this amusement park has highlights like Nickelodeon Land as well as huge rollercoasters like The Big One and ICON, the UK's first double launch rollercoaster that launches riders to heights of 88.5ft. Save up to 41 per cent off the walk up price by booking tickets in advance at blackpoolpleasurebeach.com.

3. Alton Towers – Alton, England

There's something for all the family at Alton Towers, England's largest theme park, which spans more than 500 acres. While younger children can play in CBeebies Land, older children, teens and daring parents will love the exhilarating rides and new attractions like Wicker Man. Visitors to Alton Towers can guarantee their admission and refuel with lunch with the Alton Towers Resort Admission Ticket with Meal Deal from £42 on TripAdvisor.

4. The Milky Way Adventure Park – Clovelly, England

Located near Clovelly, North Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park is a favourite among young families. As well as rides and attractions like the Cosmic Typhoon, Clone Zone, and the Time Warp, the park also has live shows, a soft play room for under fives, as well as the Milky Way Railway. Advance tickets cost £12.95 for adults and children aged 3-17. See more details at themilkyway.co.uk.

5. Crealy Adventure Park & Resort – Exeter, England

Complete with fun rides, a number of indoor play areas, live shows, and Buddy Bear’s Kingdom, there's no shortage of activities for the whole family at Crealy Adventure Park & Resort. Better still, entry costs as little as £87 for a family of five, with infants going free.

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6. Sundown Adventureland – Retford, England

Head to Retford for a fun family day out at Sundown Adventureland. Here you'll find the Angry Birds Activity Park, Rocky Mountain Railroad and numerous other rides all designed specifically for children under ten. Entry costs £16 for adults or children over 90cm, while children under 90cms enter for free. See more at sundownadventureland.co.uk.

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7. Landmark Forest Adventure Park – Carribridge, Scotland

Set within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Landmark Forest Adventure Park wins over families who want an action-packed day out. From the Wild Water Coaster to a Skydive experience and Tarzan Trail, there is so much for children and grown-ups to enjoy. Get more details at landmarkpark.co.uk.

8. Brighton Palace Pier – Brighton, England

Tie in a trip to the seaside with a visit to the Brighton Palace Pier, which is filled with rides and attractions for the whole family, including arcade games and traditional fairground rides.

9. Adventure Island – Southend-on-Sea, England

If you're heading for a staycation in Southend, you don't want to miss a day at Adventure Island, which has over 40 rides and attractions. Entry to the park is free, and it instead operates on a ride band system, so you only pay for the rides that fit the level you and your family are comfortable with.

10. Drayton Manor Park – Tamworth, England

With plenty of rollercoasters, a 15-acre zoo, and Thomas Land – specially designed for younger children - all the family will love a day out at Drayton Manor. Travellers can purchase a Drayton Manor Theme Park Admission Ticket on TripAdvisor from £30.

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