If it wasn't for the magnificent gardens and grounds that
surround Alton Towers, then we probably wouldn't have a theme
park here at all. For about 100 years before the theme park
was conceived, thousands of people flocked to the house and
its grounds to walk around the gardens, and be entertained
by jugglers, lion tamers, and other side shows.
The whole area
now occupied by the gardens was once a dry valley with little
or no trees or shrubs. Over the last 150 years hundreds of
trees and other plants and flowers have been introduced, and
are cared for today by a dedicated team of gardeners and horticulturists,
just as they were back in those days.
visit the park, just to have a quiet stroll through the gardens,
following one of the many pathways, which take you around
the gardens, and out into the valley beyond. Some of the walks
can take upto 90 minutes to complete.
the gardens are many strange follies, such as 'Stonehenge'.