A theme park for all the family. The entertainments range from tame roundabouts
for toddlers, a farm (complete with rare breeds of sheep, goat & cattle)
to Colossus a 10 loop roller coaster!
Other rides include Loggers Leap ( a water flume), Ribena Rumba Rapids (white-water rafting) and Depth Charge (plunge down a 40ft slide in an inflatable raft).
Thorpe Park is currently closed for the winter and reopens on 20th March 2004.
Buy tickets online at the Thorpe
Park website or by phoning 0870 444 44 66.
Hampton Court Palace
Once the home of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court can now be visited by mere commoners. It's an excellent day out. Costumed guides (many of them history graduates) show you round the former royal apartments. Although knowledgeable they aren't stuffy and will make your visit a treat. Ask them why there are crosses marked on the walls in the corners of the courtyards!
Hampton Court Palace was originally built in the early 1500s for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. He was forced to hand it over to King Henry VIII in 1528 who further expanded it. Things to see: the magnificent State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III, 60 acres of immaculate riverside gardens and the world-famous maze.
Open every day except 24-26 December. The palace opens at 9:30 (except Monday - 10:15) and closes at 6pm (summer) or 4:30 pm (winter). Information line: 0870 752 7777
For more details visit the Hampton
Cliveden House is a historic building owned by the National Trust but
leased to Cliveden Hotels and run as a top five star hotel. The extensive
& picturesque gardens, together with some of the rooms, are open to
the public. The house was owned by the Astor family and was the scene
of the 1960's Profumo scandal involving Christine Keeler.
The Tower of London, West-End Theatres, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Nightclubs & Royal Parks - there just isn't enough space here to do justice to London.
Just make sure you allow plenty of time!
Open Air Museum