Arriving at Legoland Discovery is like jumping into a big box of Lego. You walk in via Lego statues and into a lift where you’re met by Professor Brick-a-Brack! The professor introduces the kids to the wonders of Lego and asks a couple of youngsters to pull a lever or two and out pops a Lego brick.
From there it was Kingdom Quest, a five-minute journey with mounted laser guns where you can shoot skeletons and trolls and rescue the princess. The kids loved this and wanted to get straight back on. Eventually we made it to Miniland, a model of famous local sights like Blackpool Tower, Old Trafford and Chester Races. However, this couldn’t compete for my boys’ attention as they were drawn to an enormous Lego pit alongside a soft play climbing frame with slide.
You’ll find a super race track where you can design and build your own car and then test it out on the track. We were at this one for ages as you can imagine. They also had a master model builder class which was interesting for older children.
Forest Pursuit is a popular driving adventure for children aged four plus, where they get to chase baddies and ride their own police car (bit slow!) around a themed track. It got a big thumbs up from us, as did Merlin’s Apprentice, a circular spinning ride in the air. The highlight for us though was the 4D cinema where we were buffeted by the effects of rain, lightning and even snow during a short Lego character action film.
All in all, my kids had a great time and are desperate to go back – however I was surprised at how small the whole indoor centre was, given the cost of entry. There’s no doubting the quality of what’s there, but I would say that you’re talking about no more than a couple of hours entertainment.
Daily 10am-7pm, last admission 5pm.
Adult or Child £16.95, under 2s free. Check website for online discounts. Café on site.
Legoland Discovery Centre, Barton Square,
The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS
Tel: 0844 844887 legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk