Choose from six spectacular places to stay near Drayton Manor.
What more could any family want in a short break or holiday than somewhere to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life while still being close to fantastic family attractions to keep the kids entertained? Well that’s what you get when you book one of these cottages or lodges near Drayton Manor!
Freehay, Cheadle / Sleeps 2
Set in 46 acres of Staffordshire woodland. Explore Cannock Chase where there are fantastic walking and cycling opportunities.
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Pennington near Ulverston / Sleeps 2
Situated in the small village of Pennington, this cosy lodge provides a memorable retreat for any couple wanting to unwind.
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Overseal / Sleeps 2
Located in the heart of a Natural Forest in Derbyshire, these budget friendly lodges are just a short drive away from amusement parks such as Drayton manor, Alton towers and much more.
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Home to an excellent zoo, tons of thrilling rides, and Thomas Land, this popular theme park is one of the country’s premier attractions and a must for those staying at lodges in Central England.
The park is located on the outskirts of Tamworth and can be reached via the A4091 or B5404, it is well sign-posted and for those using satellite navigation the postcode to key in is; B78 3SA
The Fairfield and Longwood car parks which include disabled parking are located next to the main entrance and a further Leys/coach park at entrance 2 at the end of the lake.
Trains run to the area from all over the UK, and there are regular services from Birmingham New Street which takes around 20-minutes. The nearest train station is Tamworth, which is around 3 miles away and the good news is; there is a taxi rank outside and the journey will cost around £10.
The Arriva 110 bus, which can be picked up in Birmingham, Sutton Coalfield and Tamworth passes by Drayton Manor alight at Fazeley, and then it is just a short walk to the park.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do here, white knuckle rides, life-size dinosaurs, the Vertigo high ropes adventures trail, penny slot museum, live shows and a 15-acre zoo with animals from all over the world.
All the rides at Drayton Manor have height restrictions in place although there are plenty for younger thrill seekers too. The queues for the most popular rides can be long so head there at quieter times when the park first opens or towards the end of the day.
Don’t worry if white-knuckle rides are not your thing there are plenty of family rides and attractions such as The Buffalo Coaster a 4D cinema and traditional rides such as a carousel and dodgems.
The little ones will love Thomas Land, with the themed rides and live shows and Emily’s Indoor Play Area, where they can jump and slide in safety to their heart’s content.
4-11 years £20
All prices are approximate and during the school holidays there are special discount online Check out the Summer Sensation Day Prices here
The theme park is open from 10.00 am to 5.00pm throughout the main season and slightly earlier during the school holidays at 9.30 am with rides starting at 10.30am admission includes rides and access to the zoo.
During the winter months the park is open for seasonal events such as Halloween and Christmas, and the zoo is open all year round; Check the website for opening times and prices.
Drayton Manor Zoo caters well for the disabled with disabled access paths, viewing areas along with disabled toilets and wheelchair hire. There us even a guide on the website for people with disabilities to discover which rides are safe for them to use.
There are over 100 species of animals at Drayton Manor Zoo each with dedicated sections around the 15-acre park.
The stars of the show are the Tigers although you can also see Kangaroos, Tapirs, Macaques and show-stealing chimps always a highlight of any visit to the Zoo
Another crowd-pleaser are the penguins and Californian sealions, and don’t miss the extremely cute Meerkats before heading to the reptile house for something decidedly less fuzzy, and home to one of the largest collections of snakes in the country.
The Parrot Walk is a must- Stroll through a rainforest as colourful birds fly overhead and learn about the conservation efforts with the World Parrot Trust and Red Panda Network among many others. You will see nesting boxes and insect hotels throughout the park in an effort to give wildlife a helping hand.
The knowledgeable keepers are always ready to answer questions and you can see many of the animals being fed during the day, as well as getting up close and personal with some of the animals.
Drayton Manor also offer the chance to be a zookeeper for the day where you will
spend a full day with the team doing all the daily activities they do; a unique and fascinating experience for anyone who loves animals and perfect should you be celebrating a special occasion at a holiday home close by.
This open-ticket costs £100 and once purchased you have 12 months to book an available date. Anyone over the age of 18 can take part in this wonderful experience. However there are strict health and safety regulations which you can find here so check these out before purchase.
There are several food kiosks around the park if you fancy a snack, ice-cream or drink on the go but there is also a wide range of cafés and eateries should you want to sit down as a family and enjoy a meal.
Tuck into a handmade burger at Burger Kitchen where prices start at approx. £5.25 for a kid’s meal or enjoy a taste of Italy at Safari Pizza and Pasta,
Enjoy a fresh homemade pasty at Humble Pies which can be enjoyed under the shady outdoor canopy or grab some fried chicken from the diner.
Kids can enjoy a tasty treat at the Knapford Station Café in Thomas Land while grown-ups may prefer to head for the onsite Pub the George and Dragon or the Family restaurant the Grill Inn.
With a coffee shop, tearoom and even its own fish and chip shop Drayton Manor has something to tickle even the fussiest ester’s taste buds and there are plenty of benches and picnic spots dotted around if you bring your own picnic.
Guests staying near Drayton Manor will not be disappointed with a family day out to this outstanding theme park. Book tickets online to keep costs down and look out for special 2 for 1 entry offers in the media.
With a full programme of events and live shows Drayton Manor really does offer the ultimate family day out in Central England.