Top 16 attractions at Legoland Windsor – Fantastic family day out!

Going to Legoland Windsor? Below you’ll find a list of the top 16 attractions you won’t want to miss!  

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LEGO!  I have a love-hate relationship with it.  I mostly love it, and now that my kids are getting a little older and have sets of the small Lego, there’s almost nothing I like more than helping them build their models!  Ok, so sometimes I build the whole thing…after they’ve gone to bed.  But shhh…don’t tell anyone.  However,  I must say I do find it horrifying when there is a lot of Lego, mixed up, and spread all over the living room floor.  Mainly because I know my husband or I will end up having to tidy it away.  The older kids are pretty good about tidying when asked, but our youngest…he prefers to throw things!  And not into a toybox, just in random directions.  It’s a work in progress.  Anyway…Legoland Windsor is a different story.  How can one not love it?

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

If you haven’t been to Legoland Windsor and don’t know, it is a theme park where almost everything is made out of lego!  There are loads of rides, and play areas, and it is super child-friendly.  I’d say the ideal age to enjoy it is 3 years and up, and my daughter who is 7 still enjoys it immensely and I suspect she will continue to for a few more years.  We went as a family yesterday and it was her 5th visit!  The 1-year old loved it as well!  He didn’t nap ALL DAY as he was so excited.

When to go

The first thing to know is that Legoland Windsor is not open every day of the year.  It is open all summer long, but by September there are some week days when it is closed.  It remains open for much of October, including half term holidays but by November it is mostly shut except for the 5th.  It is then open again during the pre-Christmas period in December and on weekends.  You’ll need to take a look at opening hours on the Legoland website.  I can highly recommend, if you have preschool children, taking them outside of school holidays!  The queues can otherwise be very long, and the crowds rather overwhelming.  If you do find yourself going during the busy periods, you can look at purchasing the Q-Bot pass in order to spend less time queuing, which I’ve never used but I hear from friends who have, that it is worthwhile!  We were lucky when we visited, as it was a school inset day for my kids, but a lot of schools had already started back.  So it was lovely and quiet!

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

Where to stay

I’ve never stayed at the Legoland Windsor hotel, but a friend who stayed there previously told me great things about it.  The rooms are themed, which sounds amazing to me.  There’s a play area in the hotel lobby near the restaurant.  And in the evening there is a disco where lego characters (humans dressed as lego people, that is) come out and dance with the kids!  Unfortunately for me, I live a little too close to legoland to justify staying at the hotel, but it sounds like quite an experience.  You can book the full package here at LEGOLAND Holidays

There are also other hotels and B&B’s nearby, and Windsor is a great place to check out if you’re visiting the area.

Tickets and parking at Legoland Windsor

Admission to Legoland isn’t cheap, but you can save by booking online in advance.  There are also annual passes and a 2nd day free offer, which is a smart idea as there really is a ton to see and do at the park so it would take the pressure off if you have 2 days to explore the park.  Car parking costs £5 in the regular car park or £12 for the priority (closer to the park) area.  Don’t forget to note where you have parked as the car park is pretty huge!

Top 16 Legoland Windsor Rides and Attractions

Here is a list of all the rides/attractions enjoyed on our recent visit and a brief explanation.  All of the rides I’ve described are outdoors except for Laser Raiders and the Star Wars Miniland.

1.Hill Train – turn left when you’ve passed the main Legoland souvenir shop, and you can catch the Hill Train down to ground level – this saves you having to walk down the hill if your party has little legs, and you can put your entire buggy on the train without having to collapse it!  Great for the end of the day especially, when the hike uphill may well finish you off 😉

2. Laser Raiders – We had never been on this indoor ride before, but I am glad we tried it out!  So much fun.  It reminds me of the Toy Story ride at Disneyland Paris (another great place to visit that I’ll be reviewing soon!).  You sit in a 4-person car, and it takes you from room to room, while you aim and “fire” a laser gun at various targets.  You get a score at the end of it, just like in a video game.  Admittedly our 3-year old found the ride a little scary as it is quite dark and there are a few skeletons popping up, but it is completely safe and the 1-year old sat still, transfixed for the whole ride!

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

3. Aero Nomad – a mini ferris wheel, this is a nice and gentle ride

4. Castaway Camp – pirate themed playground, with a pleasingly bouncy floor

5. Duplo Train  the smallest train I’ve ever sat on!  I enjoyed this ride with the 1-year old.

6. Brickville – a lovely play area, with climbing frames, slides and imaginative play, which I honestly had to tear all 3 of the kids away from

7. Duplo Valley Airport – The kids insisted that we go on this one twice!  Helicopters that you climb into, that go up and down and round and round in circles, which your child can control themselves.  Incredible.

8. Heartlake Harbour Arena (Pirates show) – this show was fun for a break, to take the weight off our feet and enjoy an ice cream.  Great for all pirate fans.  We’ve previously seen a “Lego Friends” show here, and apparently this will return next year.  Heartlake City is the “Lego Friends” section of the park, and is themed to look like a Lego Friends set.  There are lifesize lego figures of the girls, which are fun to pose with!

9. Atlantis Submarine Voyage – DO NOT MISS THIS RIDE!  I won’t spoil it for you, but it is wonderful and the whole family can get on it together.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

10. Lego City Driving School – Driving real lego cars!  For ages 6-13

11. Coastguard HQ – Boats which you can ride in groups of 2 or 3, and navigate to a certain extent yourself, around a waterway that passes many lego animals

12. L-Drivers – The mini version of Lego City Driving School, this ride is for ages 3-5.  I highly recommend this ride if you have a pre-schooler, and if you arrive early and the park isn’t busy yet, head straight for this ride as the queues can be long and it is an absolute must-do!

13. Fire Academy – Drive a small fire engine, then spray real water at a make-believe fire in a house to save the day.  Wonderful for all Fireman Sam fans.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

14. Miniland – Absolutely incredible display of what feels like every landmark in the world that you could ever imagine, made of lego.  Usually not a busy part of the park, so great for a bit of a breather and break from rides.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

15. Lego Star Wars Miniland Model Display – I don’t know why but I felt compelled to visit this display, even though I am not actually a Star Wars fan at all!  I was still impressed by it, and I am sure any diehard Star Wars fans would be blown away by it.  At the end you can take a picture with a life-size lego model of Darth Vader, while you hold a light saber.  I insisted my daughter do this, even though she has no idea who Darth Vader is!

16. Vikings’ River Splash – My husband and I took our 7-year old on this white water rapids style ride, which is one of her favourites.  Be prepared you will get wet!

Other attractions

There were several other attractions and rides at Legoland Windsor that we didn’t try out this time.  For example there is Drench Towers which is like a little waterpark, complete with waterslides!  (Bring swimwear and towels if you want to try this bit.)

But we were pretty thrilled that we managed to enjoy so much of the park, not to mention exhausted by the end of our day so we will have to save the rest for next time!

Eating, drinking and shopping at Legoland Windsor

There are plenty of places to eat, buy drinks/snacks/ice creams at Legoland.  We had lunch at this place, which has both indoor and outdoor seating and is near the Duplo theatre puppet show stage.

Top 16 Attractions at Legoland Windsor

The food was good although the burgers were a little on the small side.  I recommend bringing some drinks and snacks of your own if you’re trying to save money, as these are on the pricy side in the park as one might expect.  The Legoland shop is near the entrance/exit, be prepared that your children will demand lego products!  I’m not sure what I mean exactly by “be prepared”, except that it is going to happen!

Finally… I can’t recommend Legoland Windsor enough, it really is brilliant fun for all the family!

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Does it have a spa and a kids club? Right! We’re going there – our first family holiday to Cyprus


If like me, you’re a parent in the UK, you may well be feeling what I’m feeling now.  Both slightly relieved that the kids are back to school soon, and yet a little wistful that the long summer break has come to an end.  And perhaps you’ll be dreaming just a little about future holidays, possibly even researching where to go already.  If that’s the case, I want to introduce you to a fantastic place we just visited, on our first family holiday abroad as a fivesome, on the off chance you’d like to go there one day.

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This is the view from our hotel room balcony at the Azia Resort and Spa , near Paphos in Cyprus.  I’m not even sure how I first found this hotel, but I was doing a lot of online holiday research when I stumbled upon it.  And I am so glad I did, as it really did have a little of everything we needed, and some additional luxuries that we…ahem…required.  Such as a jacuzzi on the balcony.  And a full breakfast buffet, with a nice man cooking omelettes to order every morning.  Did I mention it also boasts a world-class spa?

We arrived by night, and as it was only a 20 minute drive from Paphos airport to the hotel, we were really there in no time at all.

Kids club from age 2.5 years

We spent 10 nights at the hotel, with some lovely friends of ours and their two children. One of the biggest successes was discovering that our middle child was crazy about the kids club.  This was a pleasant surprise indeed.  And I think this was all down to the warm welcome and genuine wonderfulness (is that a word?) of the woman who ran the place.  You’re given a buzzer while the kids are at the club, which vibrates and flashes if you’re needed.  So you’re free to roam around the hotel grounds as you like…free as a bird…well except for the small but important matter of the one-year old, who kindly had a nap on a few occasions so we could enjoy a cool drink by the sea.

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Beautiful clifftop views of the sea from the hotel grounds

Swimming pool with pool bar, wonderful spa, beautiful beaches

Of course, it would be wrong to have you believe the kids spent all their time at kids club!  On the contrary, they had the time of their lives splashing and diving about in the child-friendly swimming pool, which has a separate yet adjacent shallow section for babies and toddlers.  There is a swim-up pool bar, and fresh towels to be used by the pool can be acquired for free from the spa when you need them, meaning there was no need to pack any.  The spa itself is wonderful, and I truly wished I could have had a treatment there every day!  Or at least more than one!  But mustn’t be greedy 😉 They do a 10-minute children’s massage as well, which was a highlight for our daughter.

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There is also a beach right by the hotel, which you can reach via a 120m-long path.  It does end with a lot of rocks, so be aware that you would not be able to push a buggy all the way down there.  We just parked our buggy on the rocks and brought the supplies that we needed down to the beach itself.  There was a lovely shallow stream here, which our little ones just loved messing around in for hours!  The sunset was amazing as well.

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Beach by the hotel

We also made a couple trips out to nearby beaches.  One was just a short stroll away.  Being August it was incredibly hot, so it was essential for us not to have to walk far!  There was a convenient path along the seafront that is completely buggy-friendly.  The other beach, Coral Bay, was a 15-minute bus ride away.  The sea here was beautiful, warm and with calmer waves than the beach near Azia.  The bus, which is air-conditioned, stops directly outside the hotel and costs 1.50 euros for adults and 75 cents for older children.  At the beach there are umbrellas and sunbeds here for hire, which cost 7.50 euros per umbrella, including 2 sunbeds.  There is also a lovely cafe here, where the children enjoyed enormous ice creams and there are toilet facilities including showers.

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Coral Bay Beach

There was no need for us to hire a car, but if we had wanted one it would have been simple to do, and there seemed to be many interesting places nearby to visit such as ancient Greek ruins.  I did venture to a rather splendid shopping centre by bus (under the pretext of buying nappies).

 

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Jacuzzi on the (very spacious) balcony

Food, drinks and entertainment

The food was very good as well, and there was a huge array of it at each mealtime.  There was a different theme each night.  One of my favourite dishes was coconut chicken with tropical rice, on “Jamaican night”.  Not quite Cypriot but delicious nonetheless!  I ate far too much!  The Cava bar was brilliant too for some pre-dinner drinks. And the kids enjoyed dancing at the baby disco, face-painting, and watching the evening entertainment including fire shows, stilt-walkers and acrobats.  A Michael Jackson impersonator was a surprise hit with our 3 year old!  He drew this the next day at kids club.

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Picture by our eldest, age 7
Picture by our eldest, age 7

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Stunning bougainvillea at the front of the hotel
Stunning bougainvillea at the front of the hotel
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Sunset view from the balcony

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All too soon it was time to leave!  Goodbye Cyprus…still missing you.

We booked our accommodation at Azia Resort and Spa through Booking.com UK.

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