Gulliver's Kingdom

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Gulliver's Kingdom
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Gulliver's Kingdom
SloganGiant Adventures for Families
LocationMatlock Bath, Derbyshire, England
Opened1978
Operating seasonSelected dates throughout the year
Websitehttps://www.gulliverskingdomresort.co.uk

Gulliver's Kingdom (also known as Gulliver's Matlock Bath) is a theme park aimed at children aged 3 to 13 in the Derbyshire town of Matlock Bath, England. Founded in 1978 by Ray Phillips, it is still owned by the Phillips family and now has sister theme parks; Gulliver's World in Warrington and Gulliver's Land in Milton Keynes, which opened in 1989 and 1999 respectively. The park was originally created by Ray Phillips as a model village for his young children to enjoy, and it is close to the site of the Victorian Switchback rollercoaster ride (after which the theme park's main rollercoaster was named).

The park is noted for its location - it provides a unique experience, with many rides being nestled in amongst the trees. The view across to Starkholmes and the Heights of Abraham is notable.

History[edit]

As of 2018, the Theme Park has the following rides and attractions: Western World - The log Flume and Sliver Mine, Western Play Town and Indian Play Area. Safari Kingdom - Flying Raft, Tree Top Drop, Safari Dodgems and the Top Entrance for the chairlift. The Lost World - Dino Falls Water Slide, Dino Cars a Dinosaur Play area and Fossil Dig. The Party House - The Ladybirds, Fish Ride and Jumping Star. JCB Zone - and interactive construction site with full JCB Diggers for the children to play with. Lilliput Land - The Crazy Barrels and the Model Village Toyland - The Switchback Coaster, The Magic Bikes, The Monorail, Moon Buggies and Play Area. Lilliput Woods - The Log Coaster, Crows Nest Quest and Climbing Wall Smugglers Wharf - The Double Decker Carousel, Percy Pigs Pirate Adventure and the Pirate Ship. Bourbon Street - The Bottom Entrance for the Chairlift.

In 2018, the Lost Kingdom dinosaur area was refurbished into the "Lost World:Land of the Living Dinosaurs" and features animatronic dinosaurs that come alive with movement and sound and the chance to have a photo with its resident dinosaur "Terence" who has been trained by the on-site team. It is a popular attraction and a firm favourite with children.

In 2017 Gulliver's Kingdom launched the Pirate Training Camp, featuring the Crows Nest Quest - A 17m high challenge course

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Themed Accommodation[edit]

Themed accommodation is now available within Gulliver's Kingdom Resort. Family cabins can sleep up to 5 people and packages include access to the main theme park. Launched in summer 2017 the Explorers Retreat and Fairytale Retreat include pirate, princess and wizard themes.

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Amenities[edit]

Gulliver's Kingdom features two entrances due to the car-parking being so spread out and on a hill side. There are two onsite shops at each entrance. Places to eat in Gulliver's Kingdom include The Happy Haddock, Tamu Feast, and the Canyon Grill. In 2018 Costa Coffee was introduced into the bottom entrance of the park.

The main park opens seasonally, from Easter and throughout summer, then on weekends in September and October - up to Halloween.

The park is home to the Gully Gang. The Gully Gang consists of Gully Mouse, Gilly Mouse, Percy Pig and Leonard Lion. In 2017 in partnership with Sony, saw the Smurfs visit Gulliver's Kingdom and in 2018 sees Johnny and Mavis from Hotel Transylvania 3 on a "Monster Vacation" at Gulliver's Kingdom. These characters can be seen daily and are available to meet children and pose for pictures.

In 2018 Gullivers Kingdom celebrated its 40th Anniversary and to celebrate holds a daily "Ruby Jubilee Street Party" in Bourbon Street where you can get High Tea, cakes and a visit from Gully Mouse.

Rides and attractions[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

Name Opened Type Status Height

Min.

Manufacturer Park

section

Notes
Log Coaster 1986 Steel Operational 0.9m Cavazza Diego Lilliput Woods
Switchback 2004 Steel Operational 1.1m I.E. Park Toyland Cost £1,000,000

Rides[edit]

Under 120cm
Name Opened Type Status Manufacturer Height

restriction

Park Location Notes Images
Chair Lift 1992 Chair Lift Operational Montaz Industries Ride Alone:

Over 140cm

Ride with Adult: Under 140cm

Bourbon Street/

Adventure Land

Under 1.4m can go on but need to be accompanied by an adult.
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Pirate Ship 1992 Pirate Ship Operational Zamperla Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult: 90-120cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Smugglers Wharf Small pirate ship located by Bourbon Street

90cm is the minimum height to go on.

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Percy's Pirate Adventure 1994 Water ride Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120cm

Smugglers Wharf Under 1.2m can go on but need to be accompanied by an adult. It's also known as the 'Lazy River'.
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Double Decker Carousel 1993 Carousel Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120cm

Smugglers Wharf Two floors for adults and children to go on. Under 09's can go on the horses but only on the second floor. Built by Gulliver's Kingdom, the horse are supplied by I.E. Park.
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Log Coaster 1986 Steel

Roller coaster

Operational Cavazza Diego Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult: 90-120cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Lilliput Woods Small roller coaster suitable for first time riders between 0.9m (90cm) and 1.2m. Smaller children need to be sat on the right-hand side.
Log Coaster.jpg
Crows Nest Quest 2017 Rope course Operational Rope Course, Inc Ride Alone:

Over 130cm

Ride with Adult:

130cm

Can't ride:

Under 130cm

(Awaiting rules to be finalized)

Lilliput Woods New attraction for the 2017 season. Replacing the Climbing Wall and the Balloon Ferris Wheel. The model is a Sky Trail® Explorer.
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Cycle Monorail 1993 Self-driven Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 140cm

Ride with Adult: 90-140cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Toyland You need to be 1.4m and over to go on this attraction otherwise you can't reach the pedals.
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Gully's Magic Bikes 2013 Spinning ride Operational Zamperla Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult: 90-120cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Toyland The faster you pedal then the higher the ride will rise. It's a self-controlled ride. Riders between 90cm and 119cm must be accompanied by an adult.
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Switchback 2004 Steel

Rollercoaster

Operational I.E. Park Ride Alone:

Over 140cm

Ride with Adult: 110-140cm

Can't ride:

Under 110cm

Toyland Largest roller coaster in the park. Riders between 110cm and 139cm must be accompanied by an adult. Opens at 11:30am
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Dino Explorer Cars 1997 Slow ride Operational SBF Visa Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120cm

Lost Kingdom Under 1.2m can go on including babies/toddlers but must be accompanied by an adult.
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Dino Falls 2014 Dingy slide Operational Whitewater Leisure Ltd. Slide 1 (Tunnel):
Ride Alone:

Over 140cm

Ride with Adult: 90-140cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Slide 2 (Open):

Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult: 90-120cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Lost Kingdom New for the 2014 season from Camelot Theme park, this ride has two tracks that you can choose from.

Only one person over 1.4m per boat.

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Crazy Barrel Ride 1996 Spinning ride Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120cm

Lilliput Land Spinning ride themed as barrels. Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.
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Jumping Star 2003 Tower ride Operational Zamperla Ride Alone:

Under 150cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Party House Small drop tower, suitable for children under 1.5m but over 0.9m.
Jumping Star at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Ladybird ride Unknown Flat ride Operational Modern Products Ride Alone:

Over 90cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Party House Moved from underneath the Cycle monorail station (where the puppet show is).
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Fish ride 2011 Flat ride Operational Unknown Ride Alone:

Under 150cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Party House Only for children between 1.5m and 0.9cm.
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The Flying Raft 1998 Magic carpet

(Ali Baba)

Operational Zamperla Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult: 90-120cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Safari Kingdom Renamed from the 'The Flying Carpet' to 'Flying Raft' in the 2018 season. Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. 90cm is the minimum height.
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Tree Top Drop 2007 Tower ride Operational Moser Rides Ride Alone:

Over 140cm

Ride with Adult: 110-140cm

Can't ride:

Under 110cm

Safari Kingdom 12mt drop tower for guests above 1.1m while accompanied by an adult, and 1.4m to ride with an adult.
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Safari Dodgems 2014 Dodgems Operational C&Q Amusement Ride Alone:

Over 140cm

Ride with Adult: 110-140cm

Can't ride:

Under 110cm

Safari Kingdom Under 1.4m must be accompanied by an adult and seated in a passenger side. 0.9cm is the minimum height.
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Log Flume 1988 Log Flume Operational Big Country Motioneering/In-House built (Gulliver's) Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult: 90-120cm

Can't ride:

Under 90cm

Western World Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. Under 0.9m are not allowed on this ride.
Log Flume at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Silver Mine Ride 2010 Dark ride Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

I.E. Park - Cars

Ride Alone:

Over 120cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120cm

Western World Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.
Silver Mine Ride at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°07′06″N 1°33′52″W / 53.118197°N 1.564395°W / 53.118197; -1.564395