Lightwater Valley Theme Park



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Set in 175 acres of North Yorkshire parkland just outside Ripon, Lightwater Valley Theme Park with its falconry centre is a bit different – it’s got a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The theme park line-up includes Europe’s longest roller coaster – The Ultimate – as well as the stomach-churning mighty Eagle’s Claw and the ‘splashtastic’ Wild River Rapids. Take a spinning ride above the treetops on Apollo, risk a one-on-one encounter in Raptor Attack’s abandoned mineshaft or visit the UK's largest Angry Birds activity park. And when you need a break from the thrills, the Falconry shows you how these amazing birds are trained and handled – watch dramatic flying shows at 2pm and 4pm every day. You can save a significant amount of money by booking tickets ahead online.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs available for hire
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open selected dates Mar-30 Oct. Gates open 10, rides & attractions 10.30. Park closes 5 (dependant on visitor numbers, we suggest guests phone to check)

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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