Looking for Legoland Windsor tickets or a short break in a hotel near Legoland so you can experience the rides, get wet at Drench Towers and marvel at everything Legoland Windsor offers? You’ve come to the right place.
In this quick guide to Legoland you’ll find out what to expect, which rides to look out for, how to save money on ticket prices and where to look for Legoland hotel + ticket deals.
Need tickets or a hotel?
If you’re ready now to buy tickets or book a hotel, why not head to our Legoland Windsor vouchers page where you’ll discover latest discount codes and special offers. Or check our Legoland Windsor deals page for the latest short break packages, including from the likes of Groupon, Wowcher and TravelBird.
This Legoland Windsor guide is an excerpt from Cheap Attraction Breaks And Short Stays At Theme Parks: The Ultimate Guide.
“Awesome awaits” is the slogan of Legoland, and that proves true for most of the 2 million visitors that pass through its gates each year.
Widely regarded as an attraction for families with younger children (under 10s) the theme park invites you to: “Fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking Fleet, join LEGO® divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage or enjoy the UK’s only LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display.”
If you’ve got young kids, Legoland Windsor is definitely somewhere you’ll want to visit before they grow up. But plan ahead to avoid the big queues and heaving crowds that have spoilt the fun for some families.
- 55 interactive rides and attractions
- The Beginning – a hill train down to the rest of the park
- Land Of The Vikings – water rapids ride
- Knights Kingdom – dragon rollercoaster for big and little kids
- Pirate Shores – Jolly Roger pirate boat ride and enchanted forest
- Heartlake City – new LEGO® friends area which includes a stage show
- LEGO® City – drive a model car and get your license
- DUPLO Valley – water play, train ride and other amusements for toddlers
- Imagination Centre – interactive creative area which includes 4D cinema experience
- Miniland – sprawling miniature village where everything is made of LEGO®
Where is it?
It’s just outside Windsor on the site of the old Windsor Safari Park, close to the M4 and M25. There’s a £5 charge to park your car at the resort, which has a giant car park at its front gates. If you’re going by rail there’s a regular 30 minute bus shuttle from Windsor train station. There’s also a coach out of London Victoria.
Best age for kids?
Although Legoland Windsor advertises as suitable for 2-12s, most visitors say the park is best for under 10s. Its few thrill rides would be considered tame by older kids.
As well as all the rides, make sure you spend some time admiring the details of Miniland which is maintained daily by a model-making team and uses over 40 million LEGO bricks.
The recently opened Heartlake City, which celebrates the LEGO Friends range, has proved popular.
Need to know!
People that don’t enjoy Legoland usually have two complaints: that it’s busy and that it’s expensive. But it’s not busy all the time. Avoid school holidays and weekends and you can have a stress-free day at the resort. If you can’t avoid the busy spells then make sure you buy a Q-bot to reserve your ride times. And the ticket prices are comparable to other theme parks. Where some lose out is by spending lots on pricey food, drink and merchandise once inside – avoid if you can!
A ticket bought online 7 days in advance costs £37 (adults or children). Many of the accommodation packages offer 2 day tickets.
- Legoland has its own hotel at the Windsor site. With unique themed suites such as the Kingdom Room and Friends Room, all with their own graphics and furnishings, it’s pretty special. There’s a swimming pool, children’s entertainment and other LEGO amusements. It’s not cheap compared to other options: a one night stay for a family of four, which includes breakfast and theme park tickets, cost from £366 to £420 when we searched.
- Alternatively look into the numerous deals offered at nearby hotels via Legoland Holidays, the official hotel partner site, or Play And Stay which is owned by the same firm. You’ll be quoted a combined ticket + accommodation + breakfast price, but make sure you check distance from Legoland as some hotels offered are as far as 25 miles away. We found a weekday deal at The Grange Hotel, Bracknell (8 miles away) for £175 for a family of four. Given the admission price, that represents very good value with a room and breakfast for four costing under £30. Plus it includes a bonus day at Legoland.
- Also check the likes of SuperBreak who put together their own packages. Staying 4 miles away at Travelodge Slough on the same weekday as above would cost £148 for a family of four, with tickets, but without breakfast or a bonus day. That’s the same price as entry to Legoland!
- Cheaper still: we used Budget Family Breaks and found the same type of stay slightly further away at the St Giles Heathrow (17 miles) for £132. AND it included breakfast for all four.
Your other option is to book your tickets and accommodation independently. While this won’t get you the cheapest price (as we found above, it’s possible to get accommodation that is effectively free if you use a deal site) it may be a good idea if you’d rather hand pick your hotel. Or you may have tickets via Tesco Clubcard points or some other deal and only need a room. If so, use Booking.com or one of the other sites in our Cheap Hotels guide to find the best accommodation for you.
Daisy from Hampshire says:
Legoland is somewhere all kids should experience once, but for parents it can be tiring day. Get there early, take your own picnic, don’t forget swimming costumes and plan your route before you arrive to include the busiest rides first. Only buy a Q-bot if you know it will be busy – on quieter days they are pointless. Take waterproofs if you’re thinking of going on the rapids.
What other families have said
Got tickets and need to find your own family friendly accommodation?
If you’re also looking for a hotel, right now we like trivago for the best deals. It’s the biggest hotel search site in the world and has good coverage of the UK (as well as hotels abroad). For a family friendly budget stay, don’t forget to check Premier Inn and Travelodge. As a general rule with hotels, book early for the cheapest price. If you’ve left it late, try LateRooms.
Need to buy train tickets?
Our top choice for UK train tickets is Virgin Trains – they search the whole rail network, not just Virgin routes. What’s more, they don’t add booking fees or charge you for using your credit card. Also worth a look is Trainline. They buy up seat allocations in bulk, meaning they can sometimes pass on better discounts than rivals.
Need to buy coach or bus tickets?
If you’re travelling by bus, these days National Express really makes an effort to be family friendly. With booster seats, wifi, air con and power sockets for tablets – as well as bargain prices when compared to train – they’re worth a look. With their £8 Family Coachcard kids go free.
Don’t forget to read our full expert guide to saving money on UK theme park breaks: Cheap Attraction Breaks And Short Stays At Theme Parks: The Ultimate Guide