An abandoned theme park has been demolished after being left dormant for the past eight years - with diggers and bulldozers spotted tearing down once magnificent castle structures.

Camelot Theme Park in Chorley, Lancashire, was closed back in 2012 and left to rot, crumble, and become a canvas for graffiti artists following an almost 30-year reign.

The park had opened in 1983 and offered "great nights and amazing days" with all kinds of attractions and entertainment packages.

Playing homage to Camelot and King Arthur, as well as the Knights of the Round Table, the theme park has become a sorry sight over the past eight years.

Images have shown turrets of the castle-style buildings being torn down while other buildings and attractions were bulldozed.

Diggers and bulldozers have torn down the rotting structures

Owners of the park opted to shut the doors and pull up the drawbridge of the park in 2012 after blaming bad weather and competing attractions – including the 2012 Olympics – for dwindling visitors.

Some rollercoasters were sold off from the site – including Whirlwind which was sold to Skyline Park in Germany.

While other attractions, including the once-popular Nightmare, were left to rot and became covered in vines.

The park originally opened in 1983 but was abandoned 29 years later
Graffiti artists used the abandoned site as a canvas

After opening in 1983, the park was taken over by Granada Group who ran the Granada Studios Tour and American Adventure Theme Park – which have both also since closed.

The park saw visitors drop to 336,204 per year by 2005 – seven years after a management buyout in 1998.

Prime Resorts placed the amusement park into receivership in February 2009 and the park was bought by a construction company called Story Group soon after.

The once noble attraction fell into disrepair
Nature had reclaimed much of the once proud attraction site

Reports have suggested the site could now be converted into 6,294 flats on land worth £793,000.

Chorley Council rejected plans to build 420 homes on the site by Story Group in 2014 following complaints from locals about the site being outside the Green Belt of the area.

The decision to destroy the buildings was made after the structures were said to have become “unstable”.

Diggers smashed down buildings and structures
The Camelot Theme Park attracted large crowds in its glory days
Ferris wheels and roller coasters were among the highlights of the park

Arthurian legend states Camelot would fall with the death of King Arthur.

And compared to images of the theme park in the glory days it seems the "King" must have died a violent death.

When the park first launched, it attracted large crowds, costumed performers, and offered thrills with a wide range of rides and attractions.

Excalibur was one of the biggest attractions at the theme park
Performers would reenact jousting and sword fights
Camelot had been a go-to location for families in England

Ferris wheels, log flumes, rollercoasters, and a novelty tea-cup ride were among the attractions that had been on offer for families to enjoy.

While jousting contests and sword slashing reenactments offered further thrills for visitors.