Gulliver's Kingdom

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Gulliver's Kingdom
Gulliver'sLand.png
Gulliver's Kingdom
LocationMatlock Bath, Derbyshire, England
StatusOperating
Opened1978
SloganGiant Adventures for Families
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 ages 3 to 13 in the Derbyshire town of Matlock Bath, England. The park was founded in 1978 by Ray Phillips as a model village for his children. Gulliver's Kingdom is close to the site of the Victorian Switchback rollercoaster ride, after which the theme park's main rollercoaster was named. A hotel and chalets opened in the early 1980’. In 2017, the accommodation area was re-branded as the Explorers Retreat. It is owned by the Phillips family.

History[edit]

As of 2022, the Theme Park has the following rides and attractions:

  • Western World - The log Flume and Silver 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 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, riggers revenge
  • Bourbon Street - The Bottom Entrance for the Chairlift

Rides and attractions[edit]

Rides[edit]

Name Opened Type Status Manufacturer Height

restriction

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

Over 140 cm

Ride with Adult: Under 140 cm

Bourbon Street/

Adventure Land

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

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–120 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

Smugglers Wharf Small pirate ship located by Bourbon Street

90 cm is the minimum height to go on.

Pirate Ship at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Percy's Pirate Adventure 1994 Water ride Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120 cm

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

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120 cm

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.
Double Decker Carousel at Gulliver's.jpg
Log Coaster 1986 Steel

Roller coaster

Operational Cavazza Diego Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–120 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

Lilliput Woods Small roller coaster suitable for first time riders between 0.9m (90 cm) 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 130 cm

Ride with Adult:

130 cm

Can't ride:

Under 130 cm

(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.
High rope course - Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Cycle Monorail 1993 Self-driven Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 140 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–140 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

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

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–120 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

Toyland The faster you pedal then the higher the ride will rise. It's a self-controlled ride. Riders between 90 cm and 119 cm must be accompanied by an adult.
Gully's Magic Bikes.jpg
Dino Explorer Cars 1997 Slow ride Operational SBF Visa Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120 cm

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

Over 140 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–140 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

Slide 2 (Open):

Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–120 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

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.

Diplodocus Falls.jpg
Crazy Barrel Ride 1996 Spinning ride Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120 cm

Lilliput Land Spinning ride themed as barrels. Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.
Crazy Barrel Ride at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Jumping Star 2003 Tower ride Operational Zamperla Ride Alone:

Under 150 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

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 90 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

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

Under 150 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

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

(Ali Baba)

Operational Zamperla Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–120 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

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

Over 140 cm

Ride with Adult: 110–140 cm

Can't ride:

Under 110 cm

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

Over 140 cm

Ride with Adult: 110–140 cm

Can't ride:

Under 110 cm

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

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult: 90–120 cm

Can't ride:

Under 90 cm

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 2008 Dark ride Operational Gulliver's

(In house built)

I.E. Park - Cars

Ride Alone:

Over 120 cm

Ride with Adult:

Under 120 cm

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

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