Why is Nemesis at Alton Towers closing and when will it reopen?

Nemesis at Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Nemesis is one of Alton Towers’ most famous rides (Image: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

nemesis at Alton Towers is one of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.

But the famous attraction, which turned 28 in 2022, will soon be closed for more than a year.

Alton Towers fans, meanwhile, can enjoy a variety of rides and rollercoasters at the Staffordshire theme park, including the 14-loop ride The Smiler, the vertical drop ride Oblivion and even a ‘flying’ rollercoaster called Galactica.

But why is Nemesis closing and when will it be open again?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Why is Nemesis at Alton Towers closing?

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Nemesis is closing…temporarily to undergo a revamp for a big anniversary.

Located in the park’s Forbidden Valley, the popular roller coaster celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2024, so now seems like a good time for a makeover.

We don’t have any details on the conversion yet, but we do know it will remain open until November 6, 2022.

Kate McBirnie, Head of Product Excellence at Alton Towers Resort, said: “Nemesis is Europe’s first inverted roller coaster, which has been delighting thrill seekers since 1994.

Close up of the Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers, Staffordshire

The ride is being redesigned for its 30th anniversary (Image: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“The iconic rollercoaster is loved by thrill-seekers across the UK and beyond and we want to give fans of the ride a chance to experience Nemesis in its current form before it closes on November 6th.”

Nemesis cost £10million to make – from 250 tonnes of steel. It rushes fans through a series of loops, corkscrews and four corners with inversions at speeds of up to 80 km/h.

When might Nemesis reopen?

Get ready because the Nemesis coaster is slated to return to service in 2024.

There is no exact date yet, but one will surely be announced closer to the time. Watch this area.

If you’re interested in updates, keep an eye on the Alton Towers official website.

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