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Featured Image Credit: The Milky Way Adventure Park
Believe it or not, but the UK is home to the fifth best theme park in the world - and you’ve probably never heard of it.
The Milky Way Adventure Park has ranked ahead of Disneyland Paris, Thorpe Park and Alton Towers in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Theme Park And Water Park Awards, which is based on visitor reviews over the past year.
The family-owned park is located just a few miles from Devon’s border with Cornwall, and boasts several rides such as the Cosmic Typhoon coaster and the Droid Destroyer Dodgems.
The amusement park, which is in Clovelly, North Devon, also has a plethora of attraction for little ones including the Cosmic Caterpillar, the Milky Way train and even a soft play centre for tots.
And the fun doesn’t stop there as the park has live shows, as well as sports and crafts sessions all for £14.95, while day passes for kids aged one to three cost £7.95 and those under one, get in for free.
Not only that but should you be on the lookout for a wedding venue with a difference, the park houses a 17th century barn perfect for those wanting a fairground touch to their special day.
The park has an overall rating of 4.5 on TripAdvisor from more than 2,500 reviews, which praised the park’s “super smiley staff” and commented on their considerably shorter queuing times compared to bigger theme parks.
With a flood of good reviews from visitors, it comes as no surprise that the Milky Way Adventure Park was named as the UK's top global No.1 in the UK, No.5 in the world and No.4 in Europe by the review site.
In light of their recent accolade, Tara Stanbury, the park’s manager, said their family-focused attitude is the main reason visitors keep coming back.
Stanbury told The Sun Online: "We have guests who return regularly with their children and it’s great to see them growing older and getting excited about being able to finally ride the bigger coasters – for some of them it’s the highlight of their year."
Although it’s topped TripAdvisors’ awards, the park manager insisted the amusement park is very much a family attraction and not a hotspot for thrill seekers looking to get an adrenaline fix.
She added: "We can’t control who TripAdvisor compares us to and we’re incredibly proud for our staff because they do really care and that’s one of the reasons, we are different.
"But sometimes people come to us expecting us to be like Alton Towers and we’re something else."