Alton Towers has its pick of headline-hitting exhilarating rides, but there are also plenty that aren't nearly as scary, and lots perfect for those with younger children.
With thrill-seekers head for:
Galactica, The Smiler, Th13teen, Nemesis and Nemesis Sub-terra, Oblivion, Rita - Queen of Speed, The Blade, Ripsaw, Enterprise.
Take the whole family to try out:
Runaway Mine Train, Sonic Spinball, Congo River Rapids, The Flume, Duel - The Haunted House Strikes Back (ghost train where you can shoot the ghosts!), Haunted Hollow, Hex - The Legend of the Towers, Tea Cup Ride, UG Swinger, Ice Age - The 4D Experience, Sharkbait Reef by Sea Life, Extraordinary Golf, Live Shows, Tree-top Quest, Waterpark.
With young children, don't miss:
CBeebies Land, Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure, Peugeot Driving School, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The Ride, Berry Bish Bash, Bouncing Bugs, Frog Hopper, Galloper's Carousel, Old MacDonald's Farmyard (check out 'There's something in the dung heap'!), Doodle Doo Derby, Old MacDonald's Tractor Ride, Old MacDonald's Singing Barn, Riverbank Eye Spy.
Note that some rides have height and girth restrictions - see the signs at the entrances to individual rides.
Visit 'Guest Services' for information on 'Parent Queue Share passes' and to get free ID wristbands for the kids, giving you a little extra peace of mind.