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Resort’s attractions among best in Europe

Wallace and Gromit on the Thrill-O-Matic ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Wallace and Gromit on the Thrill-O-Matic ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Global travellers have named Blackpool attractions among the best in Europe.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was voted the ninth best amusement park in Europe in a list compiled by the TripAdvisor website 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.

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