Set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, Legoland Windsor is the home of the world-famous family-friendly brick theme park. The park was built on the site of Windsor Safari Park and opened in 1996. The attractions are mainly targeted at children aged between two and twelve.
The park features over 50 interactive rides, provides live shows, building workshops, driving schools and daily attractions including lego model villages, gold panning and car racing. The theme park has spectacular models made entirely from lego bricks.
What is Lego?
Lego is made up of colourful interlocking bricks and an accompanying array of gears, mini-figures, and other pieces which can be assembled and connected in various combinations to make cars, planes, trains, castles, ships, spaceships, and even working robots.
At Legoland there is something geared towards every member of the family and plenty of attractions you can all enjoy together. These range from kid-powered rides (cars, boats and planes), building challenges, a unique mix of interactive attractions, exhilarating roller coasters, shows that pull the audience into action and so much more.
Legoland - Entertainment For All The Family
Legoland Windsor is Britain's third-most popular paid-for tourist attraction with 1.3 million visitors per year.
About LEGOLAND Windsor
There are two basic types of things to do at Legoland: rides and activities.
Rides at LEGOLAND Windsor
As you would expect, the parks' rides are all Lego themed. Many are
made to appear as if they are built out of Lego bricks. Among other
things, kids up to age 12 can become a car driver, pilot or a sea captain
as part of the interactive rides.
Some rides have age and/or height restrictions. Be prepared to queue for some of the rides. Some rides (aimed at younger children) typically have smaller queues. Waiting times are posted at the main attractions to enable you to plan your day.
The rides include:
3 roller coasters
5 water rides
Pirate Falls Log Flume
Lego Traffic Cars
Lego Traffic Boats
Activities at LEGOLAND WindsorMost of the activities are open to everyone and are sometimes overlooked meaning less queues.
Some of the activities available include:
- The Duplo play areas & fountains (bring the children's swimming costumes)
- The Lego 'Build 'n' Test' areas
- The 'Amazing Mazes'
- The 'Rat Trap'
- The 'Explorers Institute'
- The free puppet shows in the Duplo Theatre and
- stunt shows in the Lego City Harbour.
The park is split into 9 areas, most of which are based on a range of Lego sets. These are:
- The Beginning - Your starting point. Be sure to pick up a park guide. This area is home to the park’s largest model, the cockpit of a Boeing 747 that has been recreated from around 2.2 million bricks.
- Imagination Centre - This area is also home to the 'Imagination Theatre' providing 3D films.
- 'Miniland' - where nearly 40 million lego blocks have been used to recreate scenes from various cities and famous landmarks.
- Duplo Land - rides for younger children
- Wild Woods - rides for older children
- Traffic - themed around transport.
- Lego City - includes the harbour and the lighthouse. This is where family shows are held. There is also a selection of fairground rides.
- Knight's Kingdom - Dragon roller coaster & The Dragon's Apprentice, Gift Shop
- Adventure Land - Wave Surfer Ride, Jungle Coaster, "Dino Safari", "Dino Dipper" & climbing wall.
New Attraction For 2007 - Land Of The Vikings
A whole new area called 'Land of the Vikings' will open with two amazing new rides and lots of exciting, interactive features. The new area includes a new river rapids ride called 'Viking River Splash', family ride the 'Longboat Invader' and a Nordic-themed hedge maze.
There are 10 places to eat. They are not cheap, but are excellent quality. All are crowded at lunchtime. The largest is by the harbour. You are allowed to bring your own picnics.
It is almost impossible to do it justice (and get your money's worth) in a single day. At most, you and your family will cover around half the things to do in your allotted seven or so hours.
Children entering the parks will be fitted with an ID bracelet that can be tracked anywhere within its boundaries - meaning that should they find themselves lost, the parks' staff will easily be able to track them down and alert parents via text message. Lost Parent stickers are available at the Guest Services desk. If you have a mobile telephone, they are a quick and effective way of helping us reunite lost children and parents.
Legoland can be found on the B3022 Bracknell / Ascot road two miles
from Windsor. It is reached via the M25 and clearly signposted from
the M3 (Junction 3), M4 (Junction 6) and all approach roads. Follow
signs from the M4.
Rail: Thirty minutes from London Paddington to Windsor Central, via Slough; or direct from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside, with a bus to the Park from stops close to both stations.
Expect traffic queues both on arrival and departure.
A regular link bus runs from Windsor town centre to Legoland during park opening times. Catch the bus from outside the Parish Church or opposite the Theatre Royal every 30 minutes (15 minutes at peak times).
Review - May 2006
"We took a 4, 6 and 8 year old to Legoland and they all really enjoyed it. The older 2 went on the more adventurous rides and the 4 year old could go on a similar, smaller version so he never felt left out. Yes, the queues in the afternoon for the bigger rides were a pain (worst one was 45 mins) but if you go straight to the rides you most want to do first when the queues are short then you minimise queuing time. We took a picnic so can't comment on the food. Overall we all (adults and children) had a great day out".
Legoland also have parks in Billund, Denmark; Carlsbad, California and Günzburg, Southern Germany. Legoland Billund is the oldest, which opened in 1968.