Introduction / Disclaimer:
I decided to write this section, containing what is much sort after information after a long weekend trip to Alton Towers and Drayton Manor, which meant I finally had the information needed for most of the parks on this site.
As a warning I must emphasize this information only relates to the information from my most recent visit. It won't necessarily be the easiest and / or the cheapest method. I would also recommend double checking the information, especially if there's a bus route, that might have changed involved. The best places to check are either the parks web site, or with the local tourist information center. I can't give a 100% guarantee things won't have changed since my last visit.
Another useful place to try is
National Rail Enquiries for train times, and Transport Direct for a route planner giving basic information on public transport to various parks and tourist attractions.
Also if you're traveling by car you can use
The AA: Route Planner, you can get directions by putting in your home town or village as the starting location, and the park you're going to as the final destination.
Adventure Island Alton Towers Blackpool Parks
Brighton Pier Camelot Theme Park Chessington
Clarence Pier Disneyland Paris Drayton Manor
Dreamland Margate Flamingo Land
Funland, Hayling Island Great Yarmouth Parks Harbour Park
Hollycombe Isle of Wight Parks Legoland
Lightwater Valley Oakwood Paultons Park

Pleasure Island

Pleasurewood Hills

Rainbow Park
Thorpe Park Wicksteed  

 

Adventure Island:
Adventure Island is pretty easy to get to. You can get a train to Southend Victoria or Southend Central train station. I usually get the tube to Westham tube station, and get a train from there. On peak days you can ask for an Adventure Island ticket at the station, and you get a special money saving deal including the cost of your train fair and wristband.
Once in Southend it's a short walk down the high street to the seafront, where Adventure Island is easy to find.

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Alton Towers:
Alton Towers can be difficult to get to by public transport. When we went with the coaster club we had to get a taxi due to the early and late start for exclusive ride time. A taxi from Stoke-On-Trent station to Alton Towers cost us approximately £25.00 including a tip, which isn't that bad for a 30 minute journey, especially if you've got a few people sharing. It's best to organize your return trip with the driver on the way in, ours was very helpful and we managed to organize most of our trip with him. It's best to take a mobile phone with you so you, then call them 30 minutes before you need them, so you don't have to wait for them to arrive from Stoke-On-Trent.
On my most recent trip I saw some shuttle buses advertised on the parks website. We got one from Stoke-On-Trent train station, where it cost £5.00 for a return ticket. We didn't have any problems with the buses, but they were busy, even on a weekday during school term. I would imagine it getting very busy on busier days. Another factor to note is the buses aren't that frequent, and stop pretty early in the day. This could be a problem if your train gets delayed.
Although it's now a lot easier to get to the park without the expense of a taxi I don't think I'd be willing to risk it still unless I knew we could still get a taxi if the worst came to the worst.

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Black Gang Chine/ Robin Hill:
If your going to the Isle of Wight you'll need to get a ferry from either Southampton. Portsmouth or Southsea, using either Wight Link, Red Funnel or Hover Travel. I don't know about the Red Funnel ones from Southampton, but I know the Wight Link ones from Portsmouth are convenient as they're at the back of Portsmouth Harbour train station. The hover travel ones from Southsea are less convenient for the train station, but are right next to Clarence Pier if you want to stop by there.
There are buses that stop outside both parks, including some extra tourist route buses during the summer season. You can find details on all the routes on the Southern Vectis website. When we visited we were staying on the Isle of Wight for a few days. A day trip isn't impossible, but the money and time it takes to get a train, a ferry and then a bus has always put us off a day trip.

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Blackpool Parks:
Blackpool is pretty easy to get to. You can get a train to one of three Blackpool stations. When I go it's usually via Preston, where I get a train to Blackpool North. From there it's a short walk to the seafront, where you can get a tram along the seafront to the piers, the Tower or the Pleasure Beach.
There are also two other train stations in Blackpool, one is the Pleasure Beach station that is almost next to the Pleasure Beach, and Blackpool South which is also only a short walk from the trams on the seafront.

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Brighton Pier:
There are regular trains to Brighton station from London, the best station to go from is London Victoria. If you get an express train with only 3 or 4 stops you can cut up to 30 minutes of your journey time.
Once in Brighton the easiest way to the pier is a 14 or a 27 bus to the seafront, or  it's a 10 or 15 minute walk to the pier by going down the main road to the seafront.

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Camelot Theme Park:
From the map it looks like it should be relatively easy to get to Camelot with public transport. I couldn't find any info anywhere though on a bus to the park though. There is a train station relatively nearby called Euxton (pronounced Exton) Balshaw Lane. It's on the borderline of long walking distance, it might be worth considering taking bikes along if you have that option.
A taxi is relatively cheap, at under 10 if you can organise one. There isn't a taxi rank serving the station, and couldn't find a reliable list of taxis online. You would either have to contact the park before hand, or rely on directory enquires.
An easier option might be to go to the further away Chorley train station. I haven't tried this myself, but it's a larger town so it's more likely to have taxis at the train station, plus I found this list of local taxi companies online to use. It's probably a good idea to take this if you go to Euxton station anyway, that way you can at least get a taxi, even at a higher cost for a non local one.

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Chessington World of Adventures:
Get a train to Chessington South train station, (not Chessington North) the best places to do this are either Waterloo or Clapham Junction. The park is only a short distance from Chessington South.
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Clarence Pier:
The nearest train station to Clarence Pier is "Portsmouth and Southsea." From there you can get a bus or taxi if you want, but it's not that long a walk to the pier. The signposting isn't that clear, but as long as you keep heading in the direction of the Seafront it isn't to hard to find.
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Disneyland Paris:
One option to get to Disneyland is the Euro star, where you can book direct trains to the park. Another option is to go to the center of Paris and get the Metro which is pretty easy once you understand how the Paris Metro system works. Just take RER line A to Marne-La-Vallee.  If using the Metro for several days the tourist passes for unlimited travel on the Metro is good value.
The hard part is understanding the Paris Metro. What you need to look for is signs indicating the stop at the end of the line for the direction you want to travel. In this case a train heading to Marne-La-Vallee. Keep an eye out for signs on the train, as some trains take a different route at some points, and some terminate before Marne-La-Vallee.

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Drayton Manor:
Last time I went it was bus 110 that went between Birmingham and Tamworth. You need to get this to Fazely which is a 10 minute walk from Drayton Manor. It is easy to miss if you haven't been before so I took a few photos of what to look out for, (click on them to view a larger image). The main thing to look for is a roundabout with a sign pointing the direction to Drayton Manor.
There are two main places to get the 110 bus from. One option I haven't tried myself is from outside the Snow Hill train station in Birmingham town center. I'm told it's a 10 minute walk from Birmingham's main Birmingham New Street train station. From there according to the timetable it's just over an hour by bus.
Another option is to get a train to Tamworth, most likely via Birmingham New Street. From there you can get a taxi from the station, or you can get a bus on the road going right from the roundabout when leaving the station, or by following the signposts to the town center. From there it's only a 10 to 15 minute bus trip to Fazely.

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Dreamland Margate:
There are regular trains to Margate train station from London Victoria. Margate station is on the seafront, and if you turn right along the seafront you should only be a minute or two away from Dreamland. Just be careful not to miss the entrance building. There's a cinema you go past, and then there's a short road that ends at a building that's the entrance to Dreamland Margate.
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Fantasy Island:
There are trains you can get to Skegness, but I'd recommend giving yourself extra time for your journey. The trains aren't that frequent. When I went I got stuck in Grantham for a couple of hours after my first train got delayed by engineering works, and I missed the connecting train I was scheduled to get.
Once in Skegness it's worth going to tourist Information on the seafront, as well as picking up a bus map it's worth looking for a Fantasy Island brochure to pick up a special deal coupon on the tokens.
To get to Fantasy Island you need to wait at a bus stop in the main road the train station is on, if you haven't got a bus map you'll need to ask the bus driver, but there are several routes that stop at Fantasy Island frequently.

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Flamingo Land:
The nearest train station to Flamingo Land is Malton. As you exit Malton station, if you almost do a U-turn to the left you'll see a taxi company, that's office is part of the train station. The easiest method is to go to that office and ask for a taxi to the park, and arrange for one to pick you up at the end of the day. I think this costs around fifteen or twenty pounds each way. This is definitely the method I'd recommend if you have young children. Another option worth considering if you know what train your getting, is to book a taxi in advance. This can be useful as you can book your return journey in advance too. To do this you can use several local taxi firms including Station Taxis in Malton.
There are buses from York and Malton you can get. I got mine from Malton, and it's pretty easy to follow the signposts, and find out which buses to get from the information boards. One warning is the buses are very infrequent, sometimes at less than once an hour. You need to go to
http://www.yorkshiretravel.net/ and use the journey planner to find out the bus times, you can put York or Malton as the stating destination, and Flamingo Land as the end destination.
There are buses that go to the park at the start and end of the day. At other times the bus stops in quite a rural village location a short distance from the park, I've included some photos of the area round the stop so you can spot it. From there it's about a ten minute walk to the park.

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Funland, Hayling Island
The best train station to get to Funland on is Havant. From there it's a short walk to Havant bus station. There are information boards telling you which bus to get. There are buses which go to Funland every half an hour, which is pretty easy to spot from the bus. The only thing to be warned of is the bus fares are pretty expensive, I paid just over a fiver for a bus journey that was only about twenty minutes each way.
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Great Yarmouth Parks:
Obviously you'll need need to get a train to Great Yarmouth Station, most likely by going via Norwich.
Once there you need to remember that Great Yarmouth is a peninsula, so you don't follow the river to get to the seafront, you walk away from the river until you get to the other edge of the peninsula. You should find yourself close to Joyland on the Seafront, and there are good transport links using a bus, or a road train to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach along the seafront.

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Harbour Park, Littlehampton:
You can catch a train to Littlehampton train station, from there you can get a taxi if you wish, but it's only a short walk. If you walk in the rough direction of the sea, and keep an eye out for signposts you shouldn't have any problem finding Harbour Park.
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Hollycombe Steam Collection:
The information on the parks website is pretty accurate here. You get a train to Liphook train station, and from there you look for the main road that goes across a railway bridge. The quickest way to find it is to look for a set of  steps at the back of the station car park, which leads up to the road.
Once on the road it takes around 20 minutes to reach a signposted turn off, which has a small road you follow for about 10 minutes until you reach the ticket office.
The one thing to watch, not mentioned on the website is that parts of this road are unpaved country road. This includes some parts going through wooded areas with poor visibility. This is  worth bearing in mind, especially if you have young kids for who the road may well be too dangerous.

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Legoland Windsor:
The train station you need is Windsor and Eton, which you can catch trains to from London Waterloo or Clapham Junction.
There's a map to where the bus stop is above one of the station exits. Just follow the road down, left at the crossroad, and follow the corner round to the right.
From my experience the Legoland shuttle buses have always been reliable. I've been on quiet school days, and the buses have still been running without any hitches, and there are extra buses on busy days and late buses on special event days. The only days I can foresee any major problems would be an extremely busy day like a bank holiday, or weekend during the school holidays, although I've never been on a day like that so don't know if it gets to be a problem or not.
There is a bus stop on on the main road outside the park which I imagine would have buses going between there and the area round the train station, but in my experience the shuttle buses have been reliable enough to get from the station to the park.

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Lightwater Valley:
Lightwater Valley is a strong contender for most difficult UK park to get to without a car. You can find details of local buses at www.yorkshiretravel.net/ but there are no direct buses from a train station to a park. I wasn't able to find a journey that didn't involve at least 2 buses.
Not being locals, and having a train to catch in the early evening we decided instead to find the nearest train station we could and look for taxi details. The nearest train station we found was Thirsk. There isn't a taxi rank serving the station, but there are details of local companies on the Thirsk Tourism Website. Even with this info it turned out the park was even further away than we thought it would be from the map. We thought it would be around 20, each way, it was closer to 30.

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Oakwood:
To say getting to Oakwood without your own car will take some doing is an understatement. First you need to check out the official tourism sites for Narberth and Tenby. Narberth is the closest town to Oakwood, Tenby is slightly further away, but has the added bonus of being on the coast.
Both Tenby and Narberth have train stations, but they take two hours to get to from Swansea. Unless you live close to the Swansea to Tenby train line you'll most likely have to look for accommodation  on the towns official sites for your visit.
When I was in Tenby I saw some buses advertised to local attractions, including Oakwood, but this was for a limited service, only 3 days a week in peak season.
Most likely though you'll need to go to the towns website, or look locally to find a local taxi service, to book a taxi to and back from Oakwood.

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Paultons Park
This one will take a bit of effort to get to using public transport. The first thing you  need to do is get a train to Southampton Central train station. One option from there is to get a taxi, although I haven't done this myself so don't know how much this will cost, but there are taxi ranks by the station.
The other option is to get a bus. I do recommend checking
Transport Direct for which bus route to catch, and for bus times.
There are a couple of bus stops outside Southampton Central. There's one set one a strait section of main road, and another set on a slightly less busy road across a car park outside the station.
When I went I got route X7 from outside a Spar convenience store, located close to the quieter road outside the car park. Be warned that the buses where only going once an hour, so you will need to check the bus times on
Transport Direct before you go, and I'd recommend checking what time the buses back are when you get to Paultons Park.
Once on the bus its a 15 to 20 minute journey to Paultons Park. You need to be careful on the bus as you need to get off in a quiet and rural area, and you need to keep a sharp eye out for the signposts pointing to Paultons Park. When you pass one pointing to a left turn in the road you need to get off at the next stop. I've taken a few photos to help. From there it's about a 20 minute walk to the parks front entrance.

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Pleasure Island, Cleethorpes:
Obviously you need to get a train to Cleethorpes bus station. From there you can get a taxi, which won't cost more than a fiver, or you can walk to the seafront and get a number 9 bus to the park. The bus goes right alongside the park, so you should be able to spot it quite easily. One thing you have to be careful of is the buses don't operate in the evenings, but this probably won't effect you unless you intend to stay on after your visit at the parks family pub, or one of the other nearby restaurants or attractions.
Another favourite method of mine, which is probably best used for coming back from the park is you can walk a short distance from the park to a miniature railway. You can catch this for a distance along the coast, from where it's not that long a walk to the amusements around the train station.

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Pleasurewood Hills:
To get here you either need to get a train to Great Yarmouth like I did, or get a train to Lowestoft. From there you can get a bus that goes between Great Yarmouth (from the main shopping high street) and Lowestoft.
You have to get of the bus at a giant Tescos Car park. From there you need to find a roundabout at the entrance, and go down the road that doesn't go in to Tescos or towards the main road you got the bus down. It's about a 10 minute walk across a couple of empty fields to the park entrance.

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Rainbow Park, Hunstanton:
I should warn here that I had a lift to the park on my visit to Hunstanton, so haven't been to the park using public transport. I thought this would be easy enough, until I learned that Hunstanton doesn't have a train station.
The best information I could find was on this website for a local bus company. By the looks of it the best option is to get a train to King's Lynn, and get a bus to Hunstanton their. The buses seem to be frequent during the day, but I would recommend checking the times back as there aren't that many from late afternoon onwards.

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Thorpe Park:
You can get trains to Staines station from London Waterloo or Clapham Junction. There are meant to be regular shuttle buses from outside the station, but I've found these to be inadequate and unreliable.
The alternative I've always had to use is to follow the footpath from the bus stops that runs parallel to the railway track. If you can't spot the bus stop or path you're probably on the wrong side of the station and should cross the bridge to get to the other side. After walking a bit down the path you should come to a small tunnel going under the railway tracks, walk through this and across the car park you come out at. Almost in front of you should be a shopping centre with a load of bus stops outside where you can get a bus to Thorpe Park from.
When coming back you may need to walk out of Thorpe Park to a bus stop on the main road outside. I've been there early on in the season when a lot of buses where missing out the Thorpe Park stop, possibly because they didn't realize the park was open.

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Wicksteed Park:
The nearest train station to Wicksteed is Kettering. You can get a taxi from the station if you wish, but it isn't that far a walk. For this I would recommend going to www.multimap.com and typing in Kettering in as a search. This will give you a map of the area on which the train station and Wicksteed park is marked. Once you've got this map it's pretty easy to follow the main roads down to the park.
I'm told there is also a bus that goes close to the park that comes from a number of major towns in the area in the form of Peterborough, Corby, Wellington, Northampton and Milton Keynes. The route number last time I checked was X4. You could find a timetable by looking up Wicksteed Park on this link.

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