CAMELOT THEME PARK

The once magical Camelot theme park now lies abandoned - and looks like a horror movie set.

The Camelot theme park in Lancashire closed in 2012 after nearly 30 years of welcoming guests through its doors. The King Arthur-inspired park was shut off from the public, but we take you inside of this abandoned park.

Camelot Theme Park
Camelot Theme Park

Decapitated statues, graffiti-covered restaurants, and decaying roller coasters that nature is reclaiming - the Camelot theme park is not such a fairy tale attraction anymore.

Many of the old rides have been dismantled, but the Knightmare roller coaster, one of the park's most well-known thrills, still remains, albeit in a dilapidated state.

Knightmare Roller Coaster at Camelot Theme Park
Knightmare Roller Coaster at Camelot Theme Park

During the height of its popularity, Camelot was one of the north west's most prominent tourist attractions, featuring a range of offerings like the amusement ride Excalibur 2, and hosting live jousting in the Avalon Arena.

Avalon Arena at Camelot Theme Park
Avalon Arena at Camelot Theme Park

Inspired by the legend of King Arthur, the ill-fated park was boarded up after being open to the public for nearly 30 years.

Owners Knights Leisure said bad weather and high profile events, like the 2012 Olympics and The Queen's Jubilee, caused low visitor numbers - and so the decision was made to shut the park down, with over 150 staff losing their jobs.

Dragon Flyer at Camelot Theme Park
Dragon Flyer at Camelot Theme Park

The park even had a Wimpy eatery but now in a ruined state, with smashed tiles covering the floor, broken walls and graffiti marring the sign. When it was in operation, the park had the slogan

'The land of great knights, and amazing days'

Abandoned Wimpy at Camelot Theme Park
Abandoned Wimpy at Camelot Theme Park

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The sad remains of some of our childhood memories lay decaying slowly been reclaimed by mother nature...

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