Days Out Ideas Summer

The Best Roller Coasters in the UK

The Best Roller Coasters in The UK
Written by Lottie


If your little thrill seekers are looking for a fun filled day out with lots of rides and attractions to explore, but you’re lacking inspo (or have exhausted a few options!) then our list of some of the best roller coasters in the UK should come in handy! Have an amazing summer! 

The Ultimate – Lightwater Valley, Yorkshire

**Get 33% off of tickets when you book with Picniq**

For major thrill seekers (and for those 1.3m and over only!) Lightwater Valley’s The Ultimate is exactly that! With 1.5 miles of pure speed, cornering and airtime, this unique roller coaster remains the longest in Europe with a ride time approaching six minutes! There’s lots of fab rides and attractions for little ones, including Skeleton Cove, Raptor’s Attack’s abandoned mineshaft, Eagle’s Claw and so much more. BOOK HERE

Avatar Airbender – Nickolodean Land, Blackpool

Nickelodeon Land on #daysoutwithkids

Nickolodean fans will love this themed amusement park where they’ll have the chance to meet some of their favourite characters, including the Rugrats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spongebob and more! Fab rides include Spongebob’s Splash Bash, The Rugrats Lost River and the Avatar Airbender, where you’ll reach new heights as you spin and soar through the air on a giant disc! Find out more.

Dragon’s Apprentice – Legoland, Windsor
Legoland on #Daysoutwithkids

Legoland is the perfect day out for lovers of the Lego. Come and marvel at some amazing displays at Mini-Land Model Display, have a go at building your own hero or villain and pay a visit to The Imagination Theatre! Little ones will love the Dragon’s Apprentice ride, a mini roller coaster where you’ll travel to the top of castle ruins and drop in a spiral motion above the moat! Find out more.

The Python – Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes

Gulliver’s Land, which is especially designed for little ones between 2 – 13 years, has 50 rides and attractions to keep everyone entertained! Little ones will love The Python, with its daring twists and turns, as well as The Runaway Train, a popular roller coaster with lots of train carriages located in Discovery Bay. There’s lots for adults to enjoy too, such as super slides, spinners and more. Little dinos will love the chance to see some dinosaurs come to life at the Dinosaur Park too! Find out more.

The Flight of the Pterosaur – Paultons Park, Hampshire

Paultons Park on #Daysoutwithkids

With rides, play areas, adventure golf, gardens and animals to see, you’ll be spoilt for choice! There’s lots of adrenaline inducing rides for little ones, including The Flight of the Pterosaur, a 395m suspended dinosaur coaster which swoops high and low with speeds of up to 55km/h! Paultons Park is also the Home of Peppa Pig World! Your little ones will love exploring Peppa’s House, Peppa’s Toy Shop and they can take a ride on the Windy Castle! If you’re lucky, you can even meet Peppa herself! Find out more.

Wild Bill’s Runaway Train – Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch


With over 30 rides and attractions, as well as the chance to meet some of their favourite characters including Alice, the Mad Hatter and The White Rabbit, your little Alice in Wonderland fans will love this fab theme park. Dare to ride Wild Bill’s Runaway Train, which dips and dives twice around a track of loops and swoops! Find out more.

The Crazy Mouse – Fantasy Island, Skegness

Located on the sunny coast of Lincolnshire, this fab amusement park is the perfect day out for your little (and big!) thrill seekers! With a combination of thrilling rides for major adrenaline junkies, family friendly rides and an arcade, as well as live character shows, amusements and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Head to The Galactic Play Zone for an out of this world play park with slides, an inflatable obstacle course and trampoline. Find out more.

Apple Family Coaster – Codonas, Aberdeen

A favourite for younger kids and families, the Apple Family Coaster is great for little ones wanting to join in on all of the coaster fun! The Looping Star Roller Coaster, Disco Waltzers, Pirate Ship and Crazy Train Roller Coaster are perfect for those after bigger thrills! If you’re looking for a gentle but fun way to unwind, try your hand at adventure golf, ten pin bowling, arcades and loads more! Find out more.

Runaway Timber Train – Landmark Forest Park, Inverness

Landmark Forest Park is great for thrill seeking nature lovers! The Runaway Timber Train, which has twists and turns between the tree tops, is a family friendly ride perfect for those 1.1m and over. There’s also lots of other amazing rides and amusements, including a Wild Water Coaster, Forest Safari Ride and the chance for little monkeys to take to the trees on RopeWorx! Find out more.

Octonaunts – Alton Towers, Stoke on Trent

Join Captain Barnacles as he takes you on a fun-filled adventure as the Octonaunts make their way to Alton Towers… perfect for little fans of CBeebies! You’ll also find more exciting thrill rides, including The Smiler, Air, Thi3teen, The Blade, Rita, Oblivion and Ripsaw. Younger visitors will love Twirling Toadstool, Wobble World and Frog Hopper! Find out more.

Lost River Ride – Flamingoland – Yorkshire

With exciting rides and exotic creatures, Flamingoland is perfect for little animal lovers! With thrilling rides such as Cliff Hanger and Flip Flop, to the family friendly Balloon Race and Lost River Ride, there’s sure to be something for all of the family to enjoy! Head to the zoo to see African lions, cuddly rabbits and handle some creepy crawlies. You can even spend the weekend at the resort to make the most of the theme park fun! Check out their packages to see what great options are available. Find out more.

Ben 10 – Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

 This fab theme park offers lots for little and big thrill seekers alike! Adrenaline junkies will love Apocalypse, G-Force, Pandemonium, Shockwave and more. Little fans will love the Ben 10 Ultimate Mission Coaster, which features a big drop and a twisting and turning track at high speeds, and then takes you around the track again backwards! Suitable for those over 1m and 4 years. Find out more. 

Flying Fish – Thorpe Park, Surrey

Thorpe Park has an amazing 30 rides, which includes Stealth (where you’ll be launched from 0-80mph in under 2 seconds!) and the UK’s first winged roller coaster The Swarm, which are definitely not for the faint hearted! The Flying Fish, which is suitable for little adrenaline junkies 0.9m and over, is perfect for those still after some thrilling but less intensive fun. Find out more.

Dragon’s Fury – Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey

With an array of rides, including KOBRA, Dragon’s Fury, Monkey Swinger, Black Buccaneer, Rameses Revenge, Rattlesnake, you’ll be spoilt for choice at where to start first! Dragon’s Fury is ideal for little ones 1.2m and over wanting some thrills and spills, which features lots of twists and turns, dips and dives! They’ll also get the chance to make friends with some cute animals at their zoo! Find out more.

Dinosaur Express – Flambards Experience, Cornwall

 All aboard this roar-some ride to get up close with some life sized dinosaurs! Don’t miss the Stegosaurus, T-Rex and giant Triceratops! For the thrill seekers in the family take a ride on the twisting Skyraker 001 or the awesome Thunderbolt. Flambards also have some insightful exhibitions, which give you the chance to explore some Victorian Villages and Britain in the Blitz, as well as checking out the war gallery and Aviation experience! Find out more.

Treetops Coaster – Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire

Little explorers will love getting the chance to take to the treetops for this fun filled ride! Treetops Coaster takes you on lots of twists and turns as you get the best view of the park. Don’t forget to look out for some squirrels along the way! There’s so much fun to be had at Oakwood with over 30 rides and attractions on offer, including Drenched, Megafobia and more. There’s also lots of lovely relaxing (and less gravity defying!) attractions on offer, such as Mini Golf, Spooky 3D, Gold Panning and Neverland play area. Find out more.

Green Dragon – Greenwood Forest Park,

This amazing eco-attraction is perfect for nature lovers! There’s lots of rides and attractions, including the Green Dragon; the world’s only roller coaster powered by people, and Wale’s largest sledge ride! Everyone can enjoy Solar Splash, Moon Karts, TreeTop Towers and so much more. You can even be at one with nature and try your hand at their barefoot trail! Find out more.

Go Gator – Barry Island Pleasure Park, Barry

 With over 50 rides and attractions, including the Log Flume, Viper Ride, Pirate Ship and Galloping Horses, as well as traditional games and stalls to win teddies and toys, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Little thrill seekers will love the Go Gator ride, and for big kids, there’s Freak Out, a pendulum inspired ride which twists as it swings! Find out more. 

Dragon Coaster – Knightlys Fun Park, Towyn

This family run amusement park, which dates back to the 1960s, is the perfect family day out for all. With rides, attractions, shows and more, you won’t know where to start! Little dinos will love the Dragon Coaster ride, which has twin spirals, as well as other exciting funfair favourites such as dodgems, waltzers, tea cups and more! Find out more.

Cu Chulainn Coaster – Tayto Park

 This one is for the major thrill seekers (and for those over 1.2m!). Ireland’s first rollercoaster – and a wooden one at that! – takes you to extraordinary heights to get a fab view across the area. There’s lot of traditional theme park fun to be had on some fab attractions, including the spinning wheel Endeavor, Power Surge, Air Force and so much more! Find out more.

Gold Mine Express, Tramore

 Tramore Amusement and Leisure Park, situated beside a picturesque blue flag beach, is the perfect family amusement park for those looking for a traditional seaside escape! Take to the Gold Mine Express for a thrilling ride and for a chance to grab fab views across the park! As well as some adrenaline inducting rides, little ones can also have a go on trampolines, water zorbing, a ghost train and so much more! Find out more.

Have we missed any of your favourite roller coasters? Let us know! Don’t forget to share your snaps on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! 🙂



Leave a Comment

About Us

Picniq is a site for all parents on the hunt for fun things to do with the kids! We’ve found all the attractions, both near and far, so you don’t have to! Visit Website

Got a question, need some help or have an great idea for a new feature? We’d love to hear from you! You can contact us at [email protected]

Picniq® Experts in Family Travel

© Copyright 2021 | Picniq Ltd (a division of IMMAT LTD) Registered in England and Wales, company number: 08507282.
Registered Address: Space House, 22-24 Oxford Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 8EZ.
Members of ABTA (number P7380). Picniq Ltd acts as agent for all attraction tickets and holiday packages booked through this website.
Data Protection Act 1998 Reg No. Z1385884 Terms of use + Privacy Policy