Merlin Entertainments

As one of the world’s top attraction operators, and leading leisure and entertainment companies, our operations and the careers we can offer are not only fun, but incredibly diverse.

Currently we have almost 26,000 employees working at our attractions around the world, as well as in our support offices in Poole, Dorset and Chessington, Surrey, and our Merlin Magic Making teams which are based at different sites across the globe.

Wherever your talents lie, you'll be at the heart of our business. Our success is due to two things: our passion, wherever we work in the organisation, to going the extra mile and making sure every aspect of our guests’ experience is amazing; and our commitment to developing our business through releasing the talents, aspirations and true potential of all our people. That is our committment to you. We are innovative and fast-moving, so if you share our passion and are looking for real challenge and excitement, you’re guaranteed to have a bright future with us.

Merlin Entertainments is a business built on fun. We're Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator. We operate over 100 attractions, nine hotels and three holiday villages in 23 countries across four continents and we run some of the best known names in global leisure. These include the likes of SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, the Dungeons and LEGOLAND, as well as local icons such as The Coca-Cola London Eye, Gardaland Resort, Heide Park Resort and Alton Towers Resort, and the objective at each is to provide a truly memorable experience and a great day out for all the family. All of which helps to cement our reputation as one of the world's leading leisure and entertainment companies.

As you can imagine, running our business calls for a lot of different talents. We love what we do and if you're as serious about fun as we are, rest assured an exciting career awaits. 


Join Us

With the breadth of our attractions, there are many career paths within our business. Broadly speaking, we separate our operations into three areas.

  • Corporate – From IT and HR to Finance and Commercial Partnerships, within Corporate we ensure that everything our attractions need to run is taken care of.
  • Merlin Magic Making – The creative hub of the business with roles as diverse as SEA LIFE display developers, sculptors and LEGO brick modellers, Merlin Magic Making is also home to the Site Search, Theming and additional back office teams.
  • Attractions – The frontline of our business with attractions such as Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK, Gardaland, Warwick Castle, Heide Park Resort, LEGOLAND, SEA LIFE and Madame Tussauds.

Whichever area suits your talents and aspirations, you'll need to share our belief in the power of fun. We love what we do and our aim is to deliver unique and memorable experiences to our 50 million visitors a year. Every member of our team, wherever they may be, plays a key role in ensuring this happens. 


What We Are Looking For

It takes a very diverse and richly talented team to keep the show on the road. Even behind-the-scenes, all our people are dedicated to our ultimate business goal: creating and sustaining a level of guest experience that keeps visitors totally immersed in the world around them. We call it being serious about fun.



Accelerate. A graduate development programme like no other. Your chance to travel the world and work with some of the best attractions on the planet. We’re talking Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE®, LEGOLAND®, Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK, the Dungeons and more. You’ll rotate across global brands, across geographies and across a wide variety of roles. You’ll explore what makes this FTSE 100 company tick – and where this fantastic opportunity could take your career. Sound like fun? We're just getting started!

Is there any other business that can offer progression to leadership at such a rapid pace as well as the potential of an international career so early on? We doubt it. So start building the foundations now. Join this two-year programme and experience a series of different roles, different brands and different challenges. Enjoy the support and development you need to grow your talents and fast-track your career. Do well, and you could end up anywhere in the world.

Business: Bright, entrepreneurial and ambitious, you’ve got what it takes to lead your own department. Now build your experience and skills in commercial, strategic, operational and leadership placements across the Merlin business. How far can you go? That’s totally in your hands. But if you can see yourself in a senior management role or running your own attraction, this is perfect for you.

Marketing: Vision. Drive. Creativity. Passion. We could go on, but you’ve probably recognised yourself already: an imaginative and commercially-focused graduate who can fuel the success of marketing projects for some of the world’s most exciting brands. So build your skills through placements in PR, promotions, trade, events, operations, strategy and more. Prepare to take on a senior marketing role in the future.


Our Locations

On the Accelerate Programme, we want to give you exposure to as many operating groups as possible – i.e. Resort Theme Parks, LEGOLAND Parks, Midway Attractions (e.g. Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE) and you could even be part of a New Openings team where you help to plan and launch a new attraction! You may also have the chance to complete an international placement as part of your programme journey. We have programme and placement opportunities in:

THE UK: Example locations include: SEA LIFE Weymouth, Thorpe Park Resort, The London Eye, LEGOLAND Windsor, Shrek’s Adventure! London, York Dungeon, Madame Tussauds Blackpool...

THE USA: Example locations include: LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Florida, Madame Tussauds New York, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Dallas, the Orlando Eye, SEA LIFE Minnesota...

CHINA & HONG KONG: Example locations include: Chang Feng Oceanworld, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Shanghai, Madame Tussauds Singapore, LEGOLAND Malaysia…

JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA: Example locations include: Madame Tussauds Tokyo, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Tokyo, SEA LIFE Busan, LEGOLAND Japan, LEGOLAND Korea…

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