England may not be associated with long hot summers and endless sunshine, but that does not mean that it has a dearth of water parks. Whether it's a white knuckle water roller-coaster you're after or a lazy drift on a meandering canal, England's indoor water parks can meet your needs throughout the year.
Near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, Water World advertises itself as the UK's leading water park. It first opened in 1989 and now attracts 400,000 visitors per year. Water World is open throughout the year, although it is closed on selected days during the school term. It boasts a range of rides and flumes, including Nucleus, the UK's first indoor water roller-coaster, which contains 375 feet of ups and downs. There is also a wave pool, a rapids ride, an area for younger children and an aqua disco.
Stoke on Trent
0844 496 1000
Sandcastle Water Park
This water park is located in the popular tourist destination of Blackpool in northwestern England. Sandcastle has 18 water slides of varying lengths and speeds, as well as a lazy river, fun pools, a wave machine and chutes. Its central attraction is the Master Blaster, a monster ride that at 250 meters is the world's longest indoor roller-coaster waterslide. It is also the first water roller-coaster to go uphill.
01253 343 602
Alton Towers Water Park
This water park in Staffordshire is attached to the Alton Towers theme park and resort, which attracts more than two million visitors per year. The water park, known as Cariba Creek until 2009, features flumes, chutes, a lazy river and a whirlpool. Rush 'n' Rampage and the Master Blaster provide twists, turns, and spills to satisfy thrillseekers, while Lagoona Bay offers a more sedate experience. Alton Towers Water Park is open all year.
Alton Towers Resort
0871 222 3330
Situated in the town of Poole in southwestern England, Splashdown caters to younger children, thrillseekers, and those wanting a more relaxed experience. As well as its trainer pool and spa pool, the park has eight white-knuckle rides to enjoy, including Baron's Revenge and the Screamer, both of which feature sheer vertical drops. Splashdown is open throughout the spring and summer months, but is open only on a limited basis during the fall and winter months.