Best water parks in the UK for a family day out that kids are going to love

Best water parks in the UK for a family day out that kids are going to love

We’ve searched out the UK’s best water parks both indoor and outdoor for a brilliant family day out no matter what the weather

The glorious summer weather can be great for a fun day out – but sometimes in a heatwave, all you want to do is cool down.

Enter water parks, where not only are there attractions for the whole family, but it’s an ideal solution for staying cool too.

The more daring can take on the slides, wave machines and whirlpools, while those after a calmer day out can unwind in the splash pools and lazy rivers – and there are plenty of play areas for little ones too.

Of course that pesky British weather can be volatile – but the good news is that there are some brilliant indoor options too!

We take a look at some of the best water parks across the nation sure to make a splash with the kids this summer…


You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an exotic land thanks to the tropical temperatures at Sandcastle, where temperatures reach up to 28C.

Expect treehouse ‘storms’, water slides, shallow pools, peaceful lagoons and an action river, all of which promise plenty of fun and thrills for all ages.

The park has a good mix of thrilling rides to get the adrenaline pumping, as well as more gentle offerings for little ones with its lagoons and splash zones.

How much? Adult tickets from £22, Children 11 and under tickets from £18. Visit for more information.

Aqua Park Rutland

This summer, it’s time to put your skills to the test and throw in a bit of friendly competition against your family members!

Aqua Park Rutland has more than 36 fun obstacles you can climb, jump, crawl, launch, slide and splash your way through, not to mention inflatable climbing wall ‘The Beast’, the tallest of its kind in the UK.

How much? Tickets from £20pp for an hour’s session, which includes a life jacket and briefing. Visit for more information.

Robin Hood’s Water Park, Nottingham

This Robin Hood-themed offering is the largest outdoor water park in the UK, boasting five exciting slides that little thrill-seekers will love.

Plus it’s part of Wheelgate Adventure Park where you can also find rollercoasters, animal experiences and family-friendly rides, so if your older kids really want to check out a theme park, it makes for a great compromise.

How much? £15.95 for adults and children over 108cm in height, £12.95 for children 95cm-108cm. Kids under 95cm go free. (Prices based on weekends and holidays). Visit www.wheelgatepark.comfor more information.

Waterworld, Stoke-on-Trent

With thrilling slides, whirlpools, bubble pools, rapids, a lazy river, the UK’s First Trap Door Drop Slide and the tallest, fastest water slides in the UK, you’ll be spoiled for choice on activities at Waterworld.

There are even dedicated areas for toddlers and little ones, and for those who don’t want to get wet, spectator tickets are also an option.

An estimated 400,000 people visit Waterworld every year, so if you’re in the area it’s definitely worth going to see what all the hype is about!

How much? Tickets from £20.50, or you can get family tickets from £78. Visit for more details.

LC Swansea

The UK’s biggest indoor water park is definitely one for the thrill-seekers.

Take on the ‘boardrider’, a standing surf simulator or face their newest attraction Volcano Bay, which literally ‘erupts’ with water, a wave pool, a lazy river, and a range of thrilling slides.

How much? Adult tickets from £8, toddler tickets from £2.50 and child tickets from £6. Boardrider sessions are £5pp extra. Visit for more details.

Alton Towers Resort

The Staffordshire resort is best known for its theme park and rollercoasters, but Alton Towers also has a pretty impressive water park offering.

Think lazy rivers, crazy water cannons and even a thrilling water coaster; there’s something for everyone.

There are rapids and ‘flash flood’ pools for the more daring, but if you’ve got little ones then you can make the most of the quieter splash pools also on offer.

Tickets start from £16.50 and includes access to the Little Leake, Lagoona Bay and Wacky Waterworks.



Andy Halliday

Andy is a camping expert with over 20 years of outdoor experience. He shares his expertise through his blog that features on his very own e-commerce camping gear store. He aspires to use his knowledge and experience to help disabled families get the most out of every trip they take.

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