Colossus Thorpe Park

Colossus at Thorpe Park

There’s a reason why Colossus is Thorpe Park’s long-standing roller coaster ride! Not only was Colossus the coaster that rocked the theme-park-world and put Thorpe Park on the map. This steel roller coaster is a real family favourite, lasting only 1 minute 45 seconds, families are propelled through ten loops and pushed to their physical limits! 

Curious? Find out everything you need to know about this fear-inducing roller coaster below…  

rollercoaster in the sunset

Why you should take a ride on Colossus...

You should venture outside of your comfort zone and onto this fantastic coaster for many reasons. One of the main ones being that it’s the world’s first 10-loop roller coaster! There is a vertical loop, cobra roll, double corkscrew and the UK’s only quadruple barrel roll. 

Soar 98 ft in the air, cutting through skies and swooping down below through The Lost City. Families can expect surprises hidden around every curved corner on this looping roller coaster. Prepare your vocal chords for the scream-tastic quadruple heartline roll too!

By no means is this going to be a smooth ride… but the thrills are guaranteed. Are you ready? 

little boy overlooking thorpe park

What's the theme of the ride?

Described as the holy grail of roller coasters, Colossus at Thorpe Park is one seriously intense ride with an equally intense theme. The ride is meant to be the ruins of a recently unearthed Aztec civilization hence the name Lost City which is where the ride is located. 

What gives the themed land its compelling look and atmosphere is the luscious vegetation, a variety of idols, statues and some including nice water features. The Lost City is located by a lake making it an idyllic spot to recover from those extra barrel rolls, snappy corkscrews and whippy inversions.

Colossus at Thorpe Park

What is Colossus?

This amazing ride begins at the top of the tall lift hill, then the track plummets, reaching a top speed of 72km/h! You can expect a vertical loop at the same time as the plummet, with an airtime hill that builds momentum for an intense double cobra roll through the thick jungle of the Lost City. 

The steel roller coaster track continues with two corkscrews and four consecutive heartline rolls from clockwise heartline rolls and counterclockwise heartline rolls, just 10 ft above the ground.

roller coaster

Where is it located?

This fun ride is located in The Lost City area of Theme Park. You can find other popular attractions in The Lost City like Quantum, Rush, Vortex, and Zodiac.
Height restrictions

Age suitability / height restrictions?

You must be at least 1.4m to ride Colossus at Thorpe park.

When did it first open?

Colossus first opened in 2002 and was the first 10 looping roller coaster in the world! It’s unique thrills out Thorpe Park on the map, creating a buzz that would lead to their success as a top UK theme park! Colossus held the Guinness World Record for the most looping roller coaster until 2013.
little boy on water ride at theme park

What is the average queue time?

The queue time for this popular thrill ride solely depends on what date and time you go. In March you can expect an average queue time of 38 minutes but in peak Summer months like July you can expect an average queue time of 49 minutes.


Non-Ambulant & Wheelchair access

  • You must have full upper body strength including head and neck control and be able to brace against the forces.


Missing Limb or Amputation Information

  • Riders must have a minimum of 3 full limbs.
  • Missing or amputated arms or legs must be below the elbow or the knee.
  • This ride is suitable for non-ambulant riders, you must be able to transfer into the ride seat with assistance.



  • In the event of a lift evacuation you must be able to pull yourself up and out of the seat at an inclined angle and make a 180 degree turn onto the walkway with a waist harness.
  • For non-ambulant riders, an evacuation chair is present to assist with the descent from the lift.

All ride details...

  • 44 mph top speed
  • You must be at least 1.4m to ride
  • World’s first 10 looping roller coaster
  • 98ft height
  • Maximum torso restriction 51 inches

So, now you know the basics do you think you can handle all of those consecutive barrel rolls? What about the shaped cobra roll or the counter-clockwise heartline roll?

Once you overcome your initial moment of dread at the top of the tall lift hill and embrace the exhilarating inversions and consecutive corkscrews, Colossus at Thorpe Park is sure to become one of your favourite rides of all time! 

mom and son at thorpe park

Do you feel more prepared for your day out with the kids at Thorpe Park? Colossus is one of many dazzling coasters at Thorpe park that you should visit. We have many articles about rides at Thorpe Park such as Stealth, SAW the ride, The Flying Fish and Rush. If you are looking for Thorpe Park tickets head over to our ticketing page

If you are looking for theme park articles abroad why not check out our Siam Water park article or our Disneyland Paris Hotels breakdown. Gear yourself up with all the theme park knowledge you need to better plan your days out and UK staycations

Have a great time at Thorpe Park! If you are looking for things to do near Chertsey make sure to hit up our search bar to find all the best attractions! 

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