17 Jun 2015

Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester

J has only recently made the transition from Duplo to Lego after we bought him his first Lego set, a fire engine. So I was quite keen to take him to the Legoland Discovery Centre in The Trafford Centre, Manchester to see what he makes of all the Lego.

Legoland Discovery Centre, Trafford Centre, Manchester

The excitement started even before we went inside. For there on the doorstep stood a huge Ferrari made entirely of Lego bricks. J just had to get behind the wheel and pretend he was a boy-racer. To be honest, M and I would have had a go if only there was enough room behind the wheel for grown-ups!

My boy racer test-drives a Ferrari at Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester

Once inside, we started with a fun look at the way Lego is made at a replica of the Lego factory. J even got a little souvenir brick to take away.

The Legoland Discovery Centre hosts three fun rides in addition to 11 play zones and a 4D cinema. There is a model builders’ academy where you get to meet master builders and get tips to improve your own Lego building skills. Now J, who is not yet 4, is a little too little for a couple of these things. But that did not stop him making the most of everything else that was on offer and having a great time.

We had a go at zapping spiders, trolls and skeletons in order to rescue the captured princess in the Kingdom Quest ride. We pedalled furiously to whoosh up and down as we tried to qualify as Merlin’s Apprentice.

Lego rides at Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester

We took time to marvel at the wonderful displays in Miniland. The mind just boggles at the time, effort and number of Lego bricks that have gone in creating these brilliant scenes. I was fascinated by the Blackpool Tower. J was more into racing horses on the track!

Lego Miniland

Our favourite bit by far was the construction area. You can’t help but be mesmerised by the sheer volume of Lego bricks lying around, just waiting to be made into something. Both my boys spent most of their time building cars and racing them down first one and then another track.

Lego! and lots of it

Racing cars at Legoland Discovery Centre

Earthquake tables at Legoland Discovery Centre

It was only the lure of a 4D cinema that pried them away. I am so glad we found the time to take in a show; I loved it. The story was cute, the effects were superb.

4D cinema at Legoland Discovery Centre

J persuaded us to buy him another Lego set before we headed home. I am seriously contemplating purchasing a Merlin pass. For if the success of our first outing is anything to go by, we look set to visit the Legoland Discovery Centre often in the future. I can’t imagine a better place to spend time as a family on a rainy day.

Oh, and did I mention the free parking? And a huge soft play area just in case your little ones feel like it.

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Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester, UK

Disclaimer: We were guests of Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.


  1. Wow this place looks great - I love lego and I want to go to Lego Land in Denmark (as my husband is Danish) I hope Boo loves lego too when she is older =)

  2. We went here at Easter, but Pickle is a bit too young yet to enjoy it all. Lovely review. Kaz x

  3. What an amazing place, so glad J had fun. It's definitely worth having some indoor options isn't it :)

  4. Oh my goodness, this place looks amazing! My children (and me!) would really enjoy all that constructing. What a fantastic day out. Plus free parking-wonderful x.

  5. I love this place and z was completely fascinated but we've only been once. I must correct that :)

  6. This place looks fantastic, something the whole family would love!

  7. oh wow what a world i wish i was in with them

  8. This is a bit far away from me but I've heard great things. Your photos are fab it looks like the perfect place for a little Lego fan!

  9. ooohhh it looks like so much fun!! My kids would love that, as would I lol x

  10. We had an amazing time at Legoland Discovery Centre when we went and it looks like you did too ;)

  11. This place looks ace! Perfect for any Lego fan!

  12. Wow it looks like a fun day out for sure! I myself would love it. I'm such a big kid!

  13. Looks like a great place. I wish there was something like this in the NE!

  14. If I went in there, chances are you would never get me out again x

  15. What an awesome sounding place, I can just imagine all the fun to be had!x

  16. We love the Discovery Centre - what film did you see? We love the Ninjago training area the most.

  17. I have to admit we were really disappointed when we visited but it looks like they have done some improvements

  18. We've not been here but I know my four year old would love this!

  19. This looks like so much fun - my lego addicts would love it!

  20. Oh my goodness this sounds utterly brilliant! We've not been here before but POD loves lego. She'd probably never leave!


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