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Windsor cheer

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15 November 2013

by Claire Wood

Where?

Legoland Windsor is a must-see for children of all ages - and adults, too. Make savings by buying your tickets online: the gate price for an adult is £45.60; online, it is £34.20. Under-threes are free.

Getting there

It is two miles from Windsor. A shuttle bus runs from the two rail stations in Windsor; or a Green Line coach runs from Victoria.

What to see?

Young children - girls or boys - will love Legoland. It has rides, themed areas (knights, Vikings, Egyptian Pharaohs, pirates), and a new Duplo Valley, particularly suited to children up to five years old. One of the main attractions is the Star Wars-themed area with music, special effects, and amazing Lego sculptures of things and people that appear in the films. My three-year-old daughter was overwhelmed by the noise level and the darkness, however; so it is more suited to older children. My son, who is five, loved it.

Another area we liked very much was Miniland: London in miniature, including the Gherkin, and the Millennium Wheel - all, of course, made out of Lego. This makes a good photo as you stand like a giant in the middle of the "city". One of the most successful rides of the day was an underwater voyage on the Atlantis submarine. As you enter the water you can see sea creatures such as hammerhead sharks and turtles.

We visited Dinosaur Land, where you are surrounded by intricate Lego models of triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex, and stegosaurus; and a train journey took us on safari through the African plains, where we saw Lego elephants, giraffes, zebras, and crocodiles.

Refreshments

There are a number of places to eat, from sit-down family restaurants to quick-bite stalls. If you are on a budget, however, it would be a good idea to bring your own food and drink.

Disabled access

Legoland has been designed to accommodate disabled visitors.

High points

It is a fantastic experience for the whole family. There are so many exciting things to do and see that not only children but adults as well will never get bored. I felt that a day was not enough, and I would definitely go again. The shops sell everything from cameras to suncream to macs; so you won't get caught out by the weather.

Low points

Queueing! We went in the middle of the school summer holidays, and there was a queue of at least 40 minutes for each of the main attractions. This could be a problem for younger children; so come prepared with things to do in the queue. Also, the cost can be a problem: everything is expensive.

www.legoland.co.uk

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