After travelling up north to see family and friends we decided to visit Gulliver’s World in Warrington to meet up with some friends.
I was a little sceptical at first as our eldest is only two and under 90cm so I wasn’t sure how much there would be for her to do. However my wife went on the Gulliver’s website to have a look at the list of rides available to children under 90cm and saw that there was plenty of rides that she would be able to go on.
Getting there and in
The good bit
The sign posting on the roads was very good, which was a bit of luck as our sat nav decided to lose it’s GPS signal just as we were approaching Warrington. Having arrived we were caught up in a bit of a queue for parking as it was very busy. However there was ample parking and what’s more the parking was free. This is very good compared to lots of places where you buy entrance tickets and you then have to pay extra for parking.
The bad bit
The queues were pretty bad and we had to endure two of them. First of all we had to queue up to get our tickets. You can buy tickets in advance and print them off. We however had decided not to do this in case we had to cancel our visit, as the tickets are non-refundable. Next time we might try and book in the morning before we set off just to avoid the ticket queue. Unfortunately you cannot by-pass the second queue, which is the queue to actually get into the park. However it did start to move when they opened some more gates and we didn’t have to wait too long in the end. It probably just felt like longer with an impatient two year old.
Inside the park
The good bit
There were lots of rides and activities to choose from even for our daughter who is under 90cm. Quite a few of them were indoors so that if the weather had been bad there would still have been plenty to do. There also seemed to be different playgrounds everywhere from an indoor shop, to an outside sandpit, a play fort and lots more. Everywhere you turned there seemed to be something to do.
The staff were very friendly and patient, especially when our daughter was taking her time to decide if she wanted to go on a ride or not.
She especially liked the train, the ladybirds and the merry go round, as well as one particular slide in one of the playgrounds.
There was plenty of benches as well as comfy seating for my wife to breastfeed. There was also lots to look at as you were walking round, from mirrors on walls to ducks on the lake. My daughter didn’t know in which direction to go as there was excitement everywhere.
The bad bit
Some of the rides and attractions looked a bit tired and could have done with a lick of paint. This isn’t something that bothers the children, but it was something both my wife and myself picked up on.
As it’s not the peak season not all the rides were running. This could be annoying if you have come for a particular ride, but it was fine for us.
Some of the larger rides had very long queues, up to an hour for the log flume. Again this didn’t affect us too much, but it can be annoying if going with older children.
As it was off-season and not all the rides were operating, entry was reduced to £9.95 per adult and child over 90cm. The normal price is £17 if bought on the day or £15 if bought online at least two days in advance.
Mothers day special deal: On the mothers day weekend of 14th-15th of March, mums go free with one other paying person. This could be a great day out. For full details visit the Gulliver’s world website. This deal is also valid in Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes.
Definitely worth a visit.
All in all I would definitely recommend a visit to Gulliver’s World for age ranges between 2 and about 11. I think my eldest daughter would also enjoy it even more when she is a little bit older and taller and can go on even more rides. It would also be nice to go when my youngest daughter is a bit older so she too can enjoy the atmosphere. Today my youngest daughter was either in her buggy or in her sling. She did look like she was soaking up some of the atmosphere though.