Spend a day hurtling down rollercoasters at Alton Towers, the largest theme park in the UK, then retreat to a hotel or B&B in the Staffordshire countryside. Here’s our pick – bookable on Culture Trip.
Every year, 2m visitors flock to Alton Towers to enjoy its 40-plus rides and attractions, water park, spa and miniature golf course. Its popularity lies with its record-breaking rides, including the Oblivion, the first dive coaster in the world, and the Smiler, which boasts the world record for the most inversions on a rollercoaster (14, in case you were wondering). If you’re planning a visit but don’t want to stay on-site, we have you covered. All of these top hotels and bed and breakfasts are within a 30-minute drive of Alton Towers.
Run by couple Phil and Helen, this welcoming B&B is a great option for families visiting Alton Towers. It offers generously proportioned accommodation in double, triple, quadruple and quintuple rooms. Full English and lighter breakfasts are offered, and the owners are happy to recommend nearby pubs and restaurants for lunch and dinner. It’s also a good option if you plan to cycle in the Staffordshire countryside, as Churnet Valley Cycle Hire delivers bikes to the B&B. Free parking is available on the premises.
This 17th-century property used to be the Stramshall village pub but was turned into a cosy B&B by a family who once lived in Spain – hence the new name. Families can choose between a two-bedroom suite or a room with four single beds. Couples have the option of a double room or a self-contained, self-catered apartment. Breakfast is included, and you’ll also have use of a fully licensed bar where monthly quizzes and music nights take place.
This whitewashed, old-school country pub has exposed brick walls, black ceiling beams and cosy fireside seating. Throughout the grounds are purpose-built standard rooms and family suites sleeping up to eight. After a long day at the theme park, kick back in the outside hot tub and sauna before heading to the restaurant to try warming specialities such as leek, apple and stilton soup, Staffordshire oatcakes and home-made pies.
A Georgian coaching house on the banks of the River Dove, the Royal Oak offers hearty British grub and seven great value rooms, one of which sleeps up to six. Standout dishes include beer-battered fish and chips (discounted on Friday nights), crispy pork belly and home-made burgers, the meaty stars of Burger Night every Tuesday. There’s also a good selection of gluten-free and vegan dishes. A cooked-to-order breakfast is included in the nightly room fee, and the bar serves classic cocktails and an array of international wines.
Foodies, listen up: this 17th-century inn offers a renowned daily carvery and some of the best pub fare in Sudbury. Stay in one of 23 chic and minimalist doubles, all of which include either a continental or cooked breakfast; they can be adjusted to accommodate children. There’s also frequent live music, free parking and discounted bottles of prosecco every Friday. Couples on a romantic break can indulge in a three-course breakfast featuring salmon, pancakes, kippers and iced champagne. Alton Towers is a half-hour drive away.
The name of this rural B&B is no mere marketing ploy – its three homely, ensuite doubles are housed in the main building of a working farm, surrounded by cattle and sheep. Expansive views of the Staffordshire countryside and a continental breakfast are standard, while a full English is available for an extra fee. After a day hurtling around on the rollercoasters, unwind in a refined lounge with sofas, a baby grand piano, a TV and an open fire. It’s a 30-minute drive to the theme park.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to make the most of the surrounding countryside, book into one of the best hotels or places to stay in the Peak District. Inspire your itinerary with the top things to do in the nearby national park, including its most beautiful villages.
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