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In 2012, Alton Towers was visited by more than 2.4 million people - making it the most popular theme park in the United Kingdom, and the 9th most popular in Europe.
Apart from the theme park, other attractions at the resort include Alton Towers Hotel, Splash Landings Hotel, a waterpark, a spa, and a golf and conference center.
Alton Towers was originally constructed as a Gothic style stately home by Charles Talbot, the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury in the 19th century. A tradition of Summer fêtes at Alton dates back to the 1890s and the 20th Earl. After a series of ownership changes, the grounds were partially opened to the public in the 1950s, and gradually developed since the 1960s into a visitor attraction.
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