Family Trip Ideas: Legoland
Have you ever considered a fun filled trip to Legoland for a little family break?
Gillian Darcy and family went along recently.
Here's how they got on:
When my husband suggested that we go away for a few days, I got really excited and started thinking about sun soaked beaches and cocktails... and then he said "Let's go to Legoland"... and my heart sank a little.
Our kids (7,4 and 2) are Lego mad and I knew they’d love it so I said, why not?!
What is Legoland?
It’s an attraction/theme park near Windsor in the UK with a huge variety of over 55 rides, attractions and interactive play, as well as Lego constructions dotted around the 150 acres of parkland.
How do you get there?
We booked flights from Dublin to Gatwick (a third of the price than flying to Heathrow) and stayed in the Crowne Plaza Heathrow. We hired a car at Gatwick airport and drove the 45 minutes to our hotel. Based on the outskirts of Windsor, Legoland was only a 15 minute drive from our hotel.
Opening Times & Prices
The park opens at 10am and we arrived bang on 10am. We went straight to the ticket booths at the entrance and we used tokens from the Kelloggs boxes for free adult entry for my husband and I. Our two year old was free in as kids under 3 are free and so we paid £46.20 each for the two boys.
The entrance fee includes all rides and play activities, although there are some optional extras such as “Q-Bot” tickets enabling you to jump the queues of most rides. These cost £15 per person, but I’m sure are well worth considering if you’re going in peak season. The longest we queued for a ride was 10 minutes, but I heard reports that people were queuing for up to 2 hours the weekend before. (We went on a Tuesday.)
What's to do?
Absolutely loads! My husband had done quite a bit of research on the Legoland website and had downloaded the app so had made a plan of where to go first. We’re not usually so organized when we go somewhere but it was a great start as it meant that we weren’t hanging around wondering where to go and what to see.
Our first ride, the Aero Nomad, was suitable for the whole family and gave us a super birds eye view of the whole park. Then we split up, with my husband taking the seven year old for a spin on a few of the rides for older kids and myself and the two younger ones heading for the Kingdom of the Pharaohs.
We then entered the Land of the Vikings and set our sights on the Viking River Splash. My husband and the two older kids were allowed on but unfortunately myself and the 2 year old had to sit it out. It actually didn’t matter as when they were cruising down the river, we were hiding behind a wall with sophisticated water guns spraying them as they went past! Awesome! Hot tip: After a few more rides we stopped for a picnic lunch that we had brought with us (most reviews told us to bring our own as the park food wasn’t great and was quite expensive).
In DUPLO Valley, the kids headed to the “airport” to fly their own helicopter – our seven year old was tall enough to go in on his own and I was the passenger when our four year old was pilot. Next, my husband took the two boys to The Dragon ride in the Knight’s Kingdom which they said was so good they had to jump back on and do it again. This was their first roller coaster ride and there were no nerves (except from their anxious mother waiting for them to safely disembark!).
Then I took the boys on the Squid Surfer which received a thumbs up from us all and after that came my favourite ride of the day, the Pirate Falls Treasure Quest (log flume ride). I thought I knew what I was in for as we gently bumped over “rocks” admiring the Lego pirate scenes along the way, but as our log started the ascent towards the pirates’ cabin my knuckles clenched and my smile disappeared. I knew there was only one way down and it wasn’t pretty!
The log sped down a steep drop soaking us on the way down! Of course the adrenaline at the end made me forget how much I hated it and I wanted to do it again. (similar to feelings I had after childbirth!) At 6pm we finally left the park after a really long but absolutely fantastic day. The memories of fun, laughter and squeals of delight from the kids throughout the day will stay with us for a long time.
A super, family-fun day out! There was loads we didn’t get to as we were only there for a day, so it would be worth considering a two day stay. It really was what dreams are made of. Seeing the kids’ faces was worth it all. If you’ve never been before, it’s certainly worth a visit.
Have you ever been to Legoland? Let us know your top tips for an awesome trip in the comments below!
- Arrive early
- If possible go mid-week, when the English Schools are still in term time.
- Look for deals on Legoland website or use discount tokens
- Download the APP and plan your visit before you get there
- Bring swimming togs for the kids and a change of clothes or waterproof jacket for the wet rides
Lead image via Legoland Website All other image credit to Gillian Darcy Written by Gillian Darcy for eumom