Winklfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire
Legoland Windsor, situated just 40 minutes from Central London, is a mecca for children and adults alike, who come to pay homage to the primary-coloured bricks. While it's suitable for all ages (particularly the 5-12yrs), the lengthy queues during school holidays and half terms are testing (including getting into and out of the car park), and toddler tantrums are par for the course. And although it's free for the under 3's, there are very few suitable rides.
Despite these challenges, this much-loved park offers exciting rides for young children including the Dragon rollercoaster and Pirate Falls set beside a pirate-themed playground. Miniland and Duplo Land are a few of the places to make a beeline for with under 5's, and many recommend starting at the far end of the park to avoid the queues, which can also be avoided by the purchase of a Q-bot (£5 extra per person). The latestest ride to open, the Atlantis Submarine Voyage, is a submarine voyage through a 1 million litre tank, complete with reef-tip sharks, parrot fish and cownose rays swimming between Lego figures such as King Neptune.
The enormous Lego shop is defintely a highlight of any visit (and there are smaller stalls throughout the park). Many families opt for the two-day pass and hotel option, and it is impossible to do all the rides in one day.
Open mid-March to early November - check website for opening times as they vary through the seasons and school holidays - with a few lates such as Halloween.
We strongly recommend you ring Legoland before you set off on your family day out, to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices. It may also be worth visiting the website for Legoland, www.legoland.com, to see if there are any special events on the day for which you may have to book a ticket. Please also be aware that if Legoland hosts birthday parties, this may limit the access in the cafe/restaurant areas.