LEGOLAND Discovery Centre – Manchester

So after talking about it for over a year, we finally got to go to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre – Manchester

The idea was that it was a sort of joint birthday treat for Ben and Oliver who will both be turning 3 in the coming weeks.  The Dowson’s paid for their tickets using their Tesco Clubcard points, we bought one ticket that way and then prepaid for one online.  As the boys were still under 3 (just!) it meant we only had to purchase two adult tickets and so it only cost us £13 of real actual money!

Chloe at LEGOLAND Discovery CentreAs we had mostly Clubcard vouchers to pay for our entry we decided to get there early doors – whilst prepaid tickets can book a time slot for gauranteed entry, Clubcard vouchers are used on a first come, first served basis – and let’s face it – who wants to risk a big queue with four small children in two?  Anyway we arrived just after 10am and walked straight in – winner.  Almost as soon as you walk through the door you are asked to pose with an incredibly lego Buzz Lightyear – their first attempt to rinse money from you – we were wise to this though and just avoided the opportunity to view the picture later on!  We walked straight into a “factory” where this rather crazy character called Dr Block (or something similar) showed the children how to make Lego and were then given a small souvenir block each (even Chloe!)

After the brief “factory tour” we walked through to the next stage which was a ride – as we had got there early doors there was no queuing to face which was a bonus.  Obviously it was no good for Chloe so we just stood to one side and took a few photos!

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre - queue for ride
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre - shooting things!
 After the ride we walked through into the Miniland attraction which was frankly amazing – London, Blackpool, Birmingham, The Lakes – all made in thousands of Lego pieces – you’d have to have some serious patience to be doing that for a living!  The kids were dying to climb in to the little “worlds” but obviously this was a clear case of “Look but don’t touch!”
We then ventured to the Lego version of a ball pool – which the children enjoyed but I think it’s safe to say Paul thought it was ok too . . .
  LEGOLAND Discovery Centre - Making LEGO Snow Angels!
LEGO snow angels at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
The children continued to be entertained by soft play, a construction area, a ride and 4D cinema (that was an interesting experience – if a bit naff).
Lego giraffe - LEGOLAND Discovery CentreMaking cars - LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

 Enormous foam duplo pieces at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

But the most time was spent playing with the enormous foam Duplo – even the dads got quite involved with that one!

We didn’t eat in the cafe but I did notice it was surprisingly reasonably priced for somewhere like that.  All in all for the sake of £13 & a few Clubcard vouchers it was pretty good value but I would hate to think we’d paid the best part of £40 which would have been the case had we waited till Ben was three and not pre-booked!

*Read more reviews here*



  1. Anonymous
    November 25, 2013 / 1:46 am

    Looks like all the family had a nice day out. Well done in aiming to do so reasonably financially. As costs can quickly mount up e.g transport, refreshments, entrance fee, additional extras. I wonder if they do any special offers/ family tickets etc.

    Rachel Craig

  2. Anonymous
    April 27, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    Seems like you all had fun. I would love to visit there sometime.

    Rachel Craig

  3. Kirsty Mills
    May 1, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Never new they had one in Manchester, thanks.

  4. Beth L
    May 27, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    I have been looking into going to the Manchester one so this is helpful!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.