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Top UK water parks for a family day out

Splash your way through summer with our pick of the best UK water parks

Dive into a family day out

Nothing says summer fun quite like splashing your way around a water park. Whether you’re looking to slip and slide your way along an inflatable obstacle course, or if a gentle float along the lazy river is more your style, we’ve selected our favourite AA and VisitEngland recommended parks that offer something for everyone. 

Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire

Both indoors and outdoors, splashtastic fun is guaranteed whatever the weather at Alton Towers’ Water Park. Drift along the lazy rivers, explore the interactive play areas, and tackle the high-speed water slides if you’re feeling brave enough.

Barnsley Metrodome, South Yorkshire

Barnsley Metrodome’s Calypso Cove waterpark is a real hidden treasure. Take a ride on some of the UK’s fastest indoor flumes, climb aboard the Sunken Galleon and walk the plank before refuelling at the family-friendly poolside diner, The Hideout.

Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire

The UK’s largest marl lake system, visitors have been enjoying the clear, cool waters of the Cotswold Water Park for decades. Have fun with friends on the inflatables, or try something new – water skiing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking are all on offer.

Croft Farm Water Park, Gloucestershire

This resort destination has its own lake, with a variety of water sports activities and tuition available. Croft Farm also has caravan and camping facilities, along with luxury lodges which are ideal for an activity-filled family holiday.

Rutland Water Park, Rutland

Whether expert or novice, Rutland Water Park has everything you need to make the most of your visit. Splash, slip and slide at the inflatable Aqua Park, enjoy a spot of open water swimming and have a go at sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and more.

Sandcastle Waterpark, Lancashire

Sandcastle Waterpark is both the UK’s largest indoor waterpark and one of the country’s Leading Visitor Attractions. Thrill seekers will revel in taking on the world’s longest Indoor Roller Coaster waterslide, whereas younger guests will love the themed pools and Caribbean Storm Treehouse.

The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Berkshire

Legoland’s Windsor Resort might be best known for its rides, but another of its fabulous attractions is the DUPLO Valley. Splash Safari is a perfect water play area for younger families, while Drench Towers (designed for maximum soaking!) is great fun for older kids.

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