Yesterday we spent the morning at one of the newest attractions for children opening in Birmingham, Legoland Discovery Centre. We were really excited to visit as it’s quite local to us and we had bought ourselves annual passes at Christmas. Olly is a huge Lego fan and we knew he would love to visit (and of course we would too!)
Legoland Birmingham is open!
Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham opened its doors earlier this week and tickets have sold out in advance already.
Top tip: Book your tickets in advance online to save your (and your kids) disappointment at the doors.
We bought our tickets back in December ahead of the opening and we picked up our annual passes today which will last us until July 2019. We will probably visit 5+ times over the course of the next year so annual passes worked out much cheaper for us. And, as we’ve already paid it now feels like we have free visits whenever we go next!
The majority of the attraction is downstairs and you’ll be guided into the lifts and down into the main hub of the centre. First up is the ‘Kingdom Quest’ ride which has height and capacity restrictions. Hop on the chariot and zap trolls and skeletons to save the Princess!
Miniland is a must see
Next as you walk through, you’ll come into Miniland which is fantastic. Using over 1.5 million bricks, you’ll see replicas of iconic Birmingham landmarks including the NEC, the Mailbox, the Cube, Birmingham Library as well as Cadbury, Selfridges and Edgbaston Cricket Ground. These are absolutely fantastic and brilliantly detailed. If you’re from the area, you’ll instantly recognise them. Some of the landmarks have interactive features where you can listen to a gig at the NEC or make the boats glide faster along the canal. The lights also get dimmed and you can see fireworks over the city, don’t forget to watch the floodlights at the cricket ground!
Next you walk through into the main hub of the centre where there are various sections all within the same open space. Here you can go and watch a film in 4D at the Lego 4D cinema, you can build Lego cars, Lego buildings or any Lego shape that you want within the different sections. Olly loved to build a car and then test it on the ‘Lego Build and test’ track. It survived so he tried out the larger ramp but sadly the car didn’t survive!
The second attraction ride ‘Merlin’s Apprentice’ is located in here and it’s a two seater ride (again with height and capacity restrictions) that goes up and down in a circle depending on how fast you can pedal the car. Olly loved it as it didn’t go too fast and it’s rather tame.
Lose hours in the Lego City Builder area
We spent the last hour of our visit building Lego in the Lego City Builder area. There are a number of tables with huge buckets of Lego in the middle and you can build whatever you like. You can mix the wheels from the test track too to make your own version of your favourite car. Olly built a camper van whilst Shilts built a very nice house with windows!
There’s also a small soft play area and Lego Duplo Farm for younger children aged between 2-5 years old. There’s a little tube slide in this area which Olly liked and there’s larger bricks to play with as well as Duplo bricks and farm animals.
There’s a cafe serving hot and cold drinks and snacks as well as plenty of seats and tables for those wanting to let the children explore on their own for five minutes whilst you have a cup of coffee.
On the way out, you’ll have to go through the shop (you’ve been warned!) to exit the attraction which is fine if you know you’re going to buy something but probably a bit of a pain if you wanted to keep your money to yourself!
We had a fantastic couple of hours at Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham. Olly loved being able to play with all the Lego and build to his heart’s content. He especially loved racing his cars down the track and re-building them over and over. My favourite part of the attraction was the Lego replica buildings, which were incredible to look at and must have taken ages! We will definitely be back to the centre over the summer holidays to build more!
Good to know: Adults must be accompanied by a child (aged 17 or under) and ticket prices vary dependant on ticket. For best prices, head to the LDCBirmingham website.
For Info: We paid for our own annual passes and I haven’t been asked to blog about this. I’ve chosen to share our photographs and my insight as a way of letting my audience know how fab it was!