A rare glimpse into the lost world of Camelot

Camelots famous castle entrance as it looks now
Camelots famous castle entrance as it looks now

An urban explorer has  revealed new images of what the abandoned Camelot Theme Park looks like now.

The park in Charnock Richard holds fond memories for thousands across Lancashire.

Urban explorer Matthew Holmes, 23, has revealled pictures of the abandoned Camelot Theme Park.
The much-loved theme park in Charnock Richard holds fond memories for most adults in Chorley.

Urban explorer Matthew Holmes, 23, has revealled pictures of the abandoned Camelot Theme Park. The much-loved theme park in Charnock Richard holds fond memories for most adults in Chorley.

So when Matthew Holmes, 23, published photos of the rusting roller coasters and the mock-medieval buildings on his Facebook page Exploring Abandoned Buildings With Matthew Holmes, thousands of people shared them.

The images show the dilapidated site looking creepy with paint falling off graffiti covered walls. Elsewhere vines have crept over the tracks of old roller coasters.

Matthew says his love of the history and architecture of Britain’s past is what prompted him to take up exploring abandoned buildings.

“I was in Crewe and came across an old Second World War prison of war camp,” he said.

The derelict food court at Camelot

The derelict food court at Camelot

“That’s when it all began. I just took pictures with my mobile phone. It was phenomenal to walk round this time warp so I thought let’s see what else is out there.”

Matthew, who is from Manchester, decided to visit Camelot when a friend mentioned to him that it was now derelict.

“I went to the theme park when I was 13 years old and most adults have been. I thought, let’s go and have a look and see what’s there.

“I went inside and instantly all these memories came back from when I was a child. It was quite sad to walk around, it is very dilapidated. All that excitement and fun to be replaced by empty space. It’s frozen in time.”

Urban explorer Matthew Holmes, 23, has revealled pictures of the abandoned Camelot Theme Park.

Urban explorer Matthew Holmes, 23, has revealled pictures of the abandoned Camelot Theme Park.

He said: “I will research a place and look around the grounds for a couple of days to see what CCTV there is and how many security guards there are on a site before I decide to gain access. There were about eight security guards at Camelot but as long as I kept out of sight I was fine.”

Almost 200 new homes are planned for the former Camelot site by developer Story Homes.

The plans are for up to 195 homes and an employment area, which Story Homes says could deliver about 80 jobs.

The proposals have proved controversial with residents in the area.

Matthew thinks that the theme park could be difficult to save.

He said: “The majority of buildings I get into I think ‘oh that could be a hotel or a night club’ but with Camelot its more difficult. The only way to save it as a site would be to convert it back into a theme park.”

Camelot opened in 1983 but closed in 2012. The park boasted a 100ft roller coaster which spanned some 200 meters. It also had a log flume and a large train which spanned the whole length of the park.