Alton Towers is the largest theme park in Britain and one of the largest in the world. It is situated not far from Stoke-on-Trent in the north midlands, approximately in the geographical centre of England, and for the last four years has been the country's most popular visitor attraction.

New rides are constantly being developed but the most popular include The Nemesis, where passengers can be subjected to forces up to 4 times that of gravity, the Back Hole and the Thunderlooper.

One extra little factoid: recent research amongst teenagers showed Alton Towers is the best place to meet members of the opposite sex after youth clubs and schools. American research shows that thrill rides make couples more tactile and loving.