Few things are guaranteed to get both children and Husband up and ready on a Sunday morning but a trip to Legoland Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre is one of them.
When we arrived the queue was out of the door but went down fairly quickly and we were soon on our way to the ‘Lego Factory Tour’, if you’ve been before and don’t want to wait for the factory tour you can cut your queue time considerably though. The factory tour comprised of a series of rooms and mock Lego machinery that ‘Professor Brick’ escorted us through while we learned a little about the history and production of Lego. The children were able to get involved by helping turn handles and press buttons with each receiving a souvenir Lego Brick at the end for them to take home.
Before we entered the main room was the ‘Kingdom Quest Laser Ride’, where you travel through various Lego scenes in a small cart whilst shooting Lego Villains with your laser gun along the way. You can fit up to 5 in a cart and the score counters attached to each gun mean you can declare a ‘family winner’ at the end of the ride. As I was the winner, I can say it was well worth the 20 minute wait to get on it! Photos and merchandise with your picture on are available for an extra cost as you exit the ride.
Before you enter the Lego room you pass through ‘Miniland’, where you can see all sorts of attractions and iconic buildings from around the country made in miniature form, from Lego of course. Favourites include the Metro Link, Blackpool Tower, Coronation Street and the Horse races.
The main part of the centre is contained in one large room and is therefore pretty loud and hectic; dominating the centre is a large soft play area with a café to one side and a number of Lego pits for you to practice your building skills. The café serves a small selection of tasty food and snacks at prices to be expected in this sort of facility. Seating is limited, with a handful of couches around the soft play area and the café seating area, so wear comfy shoes as you are likely to be on your feet a lot during busy periods. There are 2 further rides in the main room, ‘Merlin’s Apprentice’ where the faster you pedal the higher you go and the ‘Lego City Driving School’ where the kids loved racing around the track in motorised cars. Unfortunately it was an extra £8 to buy the ‘drivers license’ with photo at the end although you could buy 2 for £10.
Back to the actual Lego building, there’s a giant rubber brick area for toddlers, a section to build and test your own ‘earthquake proof’ tower and a Lego ‘friends’ area, containing the new girls range of Lego due to open September 28th. Anyone fancying themselves as a bit of a pro’ can have a lesson from a Lego expert with classes running every 30 minutes throughout the day. Tucked away to one side is the racing area where you can build and test your Lego vehicles on various ramps, this area was a favourite, with children racing anything with wheels attached and some very serious looking Dads, desperately digging through the Lego basins to find the best car parts! The 4D cinema completed the room with a showing of Lego ‘Chima’ about every 20 minutes and no limit to how many times you can watch it. Lots of impressive Lego structures and statues decorate the room; there is also a room available for hire for parties and school trips. As you exit the main room you go through one final zone ‘Lego Ninjago’, which contained interactive games, games consoles and of course more bricks to build the characters.
You leave via the Lego shop which stocks all the favourite classic Lego and much more, our favourite was the Lego ‘Pick and Mix’ where you can purchase your favourite Lego by weight and is perfect for pocket money purchases.
Tickets at the door are £16.50 for everyone over 3, but pre-booking online will save you money and allow you to bypass the entrance queue. There are numerous other offers online, including a combination ticket for the neighbouring Sea Life Centre so it really is worth checking out the website before you go. (Online tickets must be purchased the day before arrival to benefit from discounts).
Due to the open plan nature of Lego land Discovery Centre it can get very loud and busy if this is not for you it is better to avoid peak times. All in all an excellent day out and with Lego being the timeless classic it is, guaranteed fun from toddlers to Grandma.