Legoland, Windsor, Surrey

THEY SAY: LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a theme park dedicated to children aged 2-12 years old. It’s an exciting day out with thrills for the whole family. Over 55 interactive rides and attractions.

WE SAY: An amazing day out. With so many different zones it’s like several days out in one. Can’t fail to have a brilliant day and the lego model displays are very impressive. 

I HAVE fond memories of first passing my driving test at Legoland in Denmark when I was just ten years old. So it was really lovely to visit Legoland in Windsor and watch my four-year-old son follow in my car tracks.

The turnstiles open at 9.30am so we had arrrived early, ready for the rides opening at 10am. The electric car ride is one of the best-known rides at Legoland where children are able to drive a realistic course encountering traffic lights and roundabouts before getting their own Legoland driving licence.

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Oliver takes his first driving test!

Oliver absolutely loved being able to drive his own car – but there is so much to see and do at the family theme park, that it’s difficult to tell which ride was his favourite. As soon as he hopped off one he was pointing and running towards another.

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Learning the driving school rules before being let loose on the roads!

Legoland is dedicated to children aged two to 12 and has more than 55 interactive rides and attractions. See the resort map here. It’s predominately an outside attraction and despite there being plenty for under threes to do, they enter free.

If, like mine, your children like to play driver or captain, they will love the boat ride where you steer the river course yourself and are not on a set track.

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Jasmine driving Mummy on the boats
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Mummy and Jasmine on the boats

Tip: Book online in advance to save money. Print your bar-coded tickets and on the day scan them at the ‘print at home’ turnstiles to beat the queues.

Another highlight for us was the Pirates Of Skeleton Bay stunt show.

Oliver laughed out loud watching the live action show featuring acrobatics and swashbuckling swordplay – especially when they jumped into the water from a great height.

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The pirate stunt show

TIP: When you arrive, head to Knights Kingdom, Pirate Shores, and Kingdom of the Pharaohs first and work your way back through the park – these are the quietest areas of the park in the morning

There’s tons to do, so to make sure you don’t miss anything out, download the free app to help you plan your visit.

 

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Enjoying the views from the big wheel!

Another area you could spend hours in, is the Miniland model Lego displays, which are fascinating and very impressive. Almost 40 million pieces have been used to recreate scenes from the US and Europe.

Even my two-year-old daughter loved looking at it all, especially because it’s bustling with sounds, moving traffic, trains and boats. Just be careful younger ones don’t try to get onto it like Jasmine did!

  • The largest model in Miniland is the Canary Wharf Tower which is 5.2 metres. 
  • The smallest models are the pigeons in London‘s Trafalgar Square which contain just five LEGO bricks each. 

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The impressive Lego Miniland

TIP: Legoland is also great for under threes with 22 rides/attractions that don’t have a height restriction.  

Another brilliant area is Duplo Valley splash park. If the weather is nice, don’t forget swimwear and towels – you could spend hours in this section of the park alone. Our children loved running through the water and whizzing down the slides. There’s a park for younger ones and right next to it, a bigger one for the older children.

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Jasmine loving the splash park

 

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In these areas children must be accompanied at all times so there’s not a dry seating or viewing area. I also took a costume to get stuck in! There’s lockers (£1 needed which is non-refundable) and changing rooms by the splash park and also a buggy park.

See all the rides and attractions here which also has a full list of rides which carry a restriction.

TIP: Legoland is set on a hill so it’s a good idea to take the hill train from the beginning to the heart of Legoland and back up again. The pathways are level and suitable for wheelchairs.

There’s enough to do to make two days of it. You can book short-breaks via the Legoland Holidays website and either stay in the Legoland Resort Hotel (it’s not cheap though!) or book a nearby family-friendly hotel.

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Oliver & Jasmine flying high on the swings

If you’re visiting on your birthday you can get a birthday badge from Guest Services ad they’ll also put messages up on the boards around the park.

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Oliver practices his news reading skills!

 

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Getting up close to sealife in Adventure Land

Hopefully you won’t need it, but should you require it, there’s qualified first aiders always on hand to help and advise guests in the First Aid building in Heartlake City.

TIP: Look at the offers page of the website for deals including kids go free and 2nd day free which are advertised for selected dates throughout the season.  

The closest train station is Windsor and Eton railway station. This is approximately 3 miles away from Legoland.

To beat the queues, Legoland has a Q-Bot ride reservation device which allows you to reserve your place in the queue one ride at a time. There’s 21 rides in the scheme and saves you physically waiting at the ride. The Q-Bot will alert you when your reservation is ready and then you can make your way to the ride through the dedicated Q-Bot entrance from then or any time after. There’s three types of Q-Bot pass to choose from, ranging from £15 per person to £75 per person. Save 25% when you book online.

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The Vikings River Splash ride

 

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Mummy, Oliver and Jasmine with the lego cameraman!
  • Last reviewed in July 2015

 

 

 

 

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Location, times, prices, facilities and contact details

Location: LEGOLAND, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY

Opening hours: Depends on season.

Prices: Adult: £50.40 on the gate or £37 if booked 7 days + in advance. Child: (aged 3 – 15) £46.20 on the gate or £37 if booked 7+ days in advance. Under 3s are free.

Check website for best prices because it is cheaper to book online. Cannot pre-book online with discount vouchers, can only use them on the gate.

Facilities:

Baby: Changing facilities throughout the park. There’s also a baby care centre, located in the First Aid building in Heartlake City which offers a private place for feeding and changing. Baby food is available in some of the restaurants. Pushchairs are available to hire (single £9 and double £14) Retail shops selling Lego merchandise.

Eating & drinking: Several family restaurants, including Pizza & Pasta and The Burger Kitchen. There’s also a number of food stands ranging from hot dogs, ice cream, crepes, chocolate waffles, salt and flavoured pretzels, popcorn, candy floss, themed cookies and hot and cold drinks.

Wifi: Download the FastConnect app and register your device at home to connect automatically to free WiFi when you arrive.

Other: Lockers throughout the park (£1 which is non-refundable)

Parking: Parking: £5 per vehicle, per day.  You can purchase tickets at the ticket booths or at Guest Services. If you forget, you can get one from a machine in the last chance lay-by on exiting the park. Pre-book your parking so you can avoid the ticket booth queues at the end of the day.

Call: 08712 222001

Visit: www.legoland.co.uk

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