12/09/2011 04:21 pm ET Updated Dec 15, 2011

Theme Parks In Birmingham (UK): A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Theme parks in Birmingham (UK) are a great way to explore Birmingham's history while having a good time with the family. There are parks for a simple afternoon outing, and others that can be a vacation destination. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Birmingham theme parks.

Cadbury World

Cadbury World is a Birmingham theme park devoted entirely to chocolate. The park follows the evolution of chocolate, from the Aztec Jungle to your home. In addition to rides and other attractions, there are plenty of places to buy and enjoy chocolate in many different forms.

Been On The Beanmobile?

Visitors can ride in the Beanmobile as they tour Cadbury World. Riders see familiar Cadbury characters and discover the secrets of Cadbury chocolate. Beanmobiles are wheelchair accessible.

Choose Your Own Adventure And Chocolate

Explore the Aztec Jungle and play on an outdoor playground. Or take a break and check out John Cadbury's first shop. Try your hand at creating your own chocolate treat by filling a cup with a variety of sweets and covering them with creamy melted chocolate.

Lunch And Snacks

If you're feeling peckish, try the Cadbury Cafe for a light lunch or snack. They also offer seasonal items such as roast turkey dinner, beef stew and Christmas pudding and tea. Additionally, the park boasts the world's biggest Cadbury chocolate shop.

Safety Record

Visitors can see the manufacturing plant, but are not allowed near the chocolate or machines. Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Cadbury World.

Address: Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1JR, United Kingdom
Phone: 0844 880 7667
Hours: Operating hours are generally Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the website for details.
Price: Adults 16 and older, 14.30 GBP; ages 4 to 15, 10.40 GBP; seniors and students, 10.90 GBP; children 3 and younger, free. A family pass is available for a reduced rate.

Drayton Manor

Located half an hour north of Birmingham, Drayton Manor offers rides and fun for the whole family. The park is the home of Thomas the Tank Engine as well as Ben 10. For older visitors, the park offers thrill rides guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

Like A G4

The Apocalypse was named the scariest ride in the United Kingdom by The Gadget Show. Get a bird's-eye view of the park as you ride a car to the top of a 177-foot tower facing outward. Then experience four times the force of gravity as you and the car drop to the ground.

Thrills And Animals

Stormforce 10 is the United Kingdom's first reverse chute water coaster. The Maelstrom is a rotating gyroscopic swing that keeps you facing outward as it swings you upside down. For younger visitors, try riding through the land of Sodor with Thomas and all his friends, or visit the 15-acre zoo that is home to more than 100 different species.

Fancy A Bite?

In addition to snacks and sweets, the park offers several tea and coffee shops and a full-service cafeteria. On weekends and holidays, the park also opens several fish-and-chips stands.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Drayton Manor.

Address: Tamworth B78 3TW, United Kingdom
Phone: 01827 284737
Hours: The park opens at 12 p.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
Price: Prices vary by season. Please check the website for more information.

Other Noteworthy Parks Near Birmingham

Umberslade Farm Park
Kingsbury Water Park
Ash End House Farm
Broomey Croft Childrens Farm
Birmingham Sea Life

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