Reviewed by David Savage
On Saturday 25 November 2017 I decided to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester with 5-year-old twins. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is an interactive play area based on LEGO designed not only for play but to spark a child’s imagination and creative side. LEGOLAND is suitable for children aged 3-10 years old (adults must be accompanied by a child).
As we are Merlin Standard Annual Pass holders (which give 12 months access to Merlin attractions – some restrictions apply) we didn’t have to join the main queue to purchase tickets and entered through the pass holders and pre-booked tickets queue, which is much faster (although the queues for either option were quite short on the day we visited as I think we beat the rush as it was getting busier as we were leaving).
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre now operate timed limited entry during busy periods to the centre so you now are fitted with a wristband with your exit time – this is to make sure everyone receives the best possible experience and reduce waiting time to enter.
Upon entry, you sit on a bench and have your photo taken (which can be viewed and purchased upon leaving the centre). You then take the lift up to start your adventure with the LEGO Factory Tour which gives you a brief insight into how LEGO bricks are made before collecting your own LEGO brick.
After the LEGO Factory Tour we exited for the Kingdom Quest laser ride. This is a ride for up to four people per carriage where you each have a laser gun to shoot the baddies on the way around and help save the Princess. The children love this (as do the adults seeing who can get the highest score).
Once inside the main area you are free to wander and play and choose what you want to do next in any order. You can visit:
- Creative Workshop
- LEGO Duplo Farm
- LEGO City: Forest Ranger Pursuit
- LEGO City Builder
- Merlin’s Apprentice Ride
- LEGO Ninjago City Adventure
- LEGO 4D Cinema
- LEGO Racer’s: Build & Test
There is also a café with plenty of seating and the LEGO shop.
We spend the rest of the afternoon in the LEGO Ninjago City Adventure play structure (complete with moving climbing wall) and building LEGO models in the LEGO pits.
The boys had a great time, although they do still keep asking for the soft play structure that was removed with the centre was redesigned – it’s a shame it was never put back.
Overall, the boys love their time at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and is a great way to spend a few hours for younger children.
Tickets cost £11.50 (book online in advance for the cheapest price. For more information or to book tickets visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS