Gulliver’s Kingdom Derbyshire
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 roller coaster ride (after which the theme park’s main roller coaster was named).
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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.
Gulliver’s Kingdom features two entrances due to the car-parking being so spread out. There are three onsite shops, one at each entrance and a special soft-toy shop on Fantasy Terrace. Places to eat in Gulliver’s Kingdom include The Happy Haddock, Bourbon Restaurant, and Canyon Grill.
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, Leonard Lion and Ellie Elephant. These characters can be seen daily and are available to meet children and pose for pictures. Other attractions on site are the Hard Luck Bears Jamboree, The Magical Dancing Water Show and Gulliver’s Big Puppet show.