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The Complete 2023 Guide to Legoland Windsor with small kids

How to avoid queues, save time and enjoy the experience to the fullest

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With rides, shows and attractions designed for lovers of the famous bricks, Legoland Windsor is one of the most visited theme parks in the United Kingdom. Located in Windsor in the Berkshire region, this amusement park is within easy reach of the English capital and is the perfect destination for a day trip from London.

We visited when the boys were 3 (0.9m) and 4 (1.1m)  years old and we all had the best time but if we hadn’t planned ahead, it might have been quite different.

We wanted to give you as much information as possible so that you can plan your visit with small children and make the most of your day.

To enjoy your visit to Legoland Windsor with young children, it’s wise to plan your day ahead, particularly if you prefer not to pay extra for Reserve and Ride, which is similar to a Legoland Fastpass. Later on, we’ll discuss whether Reserve and Ride is essential for families with small kids at Legoland.

How to make the most of the visit to this beautiful theme park? In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know to organise a visit to Legoland Windsor with your family.


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What attractions at Legoland Windsor?

Opened in 1996, it is one of the official LEGO parks. Here, interactive rides, shows and colorful attractions await you, and you can admire perfect reproductions of Big Ben, the London Eye or Windsor Castle, made with bricks. The park has been designed for the amusement of children up to 12 years old, and is the ideal place to spend a fun day with the family.

All attractions at Legoland Windsor are inspired by the famous colored bricks. Games, rides and shows are, in fact, Lego-themed.

The park, which houses more than 55 fun attractions, is divided into 12 themed areas.


legoland windsor map

legoland map

It is also possible to download the official app with the integrated map.


The Beginning  

The Beginning is the entrance area to the park. Here, you will find the information desks and ticket offices. To better orient yourself, I suggest you get a map delivered to you. The park is, really, big!

This is where you’ll find also the Star Wars exhibition.

Lego Mythica

Added to the park in 2021, Lego Mythica is a themed area where children can experience epic adventures and meet mysterious creatures and powerful guardians.

If you are wondering what are the most popular attractions in Legoland Windsor, you need to know that some are right in this area. One of them is The Flight of the Sky Lion, the UK’s first flying theatre. Here, you can also find the Fire & Ice Freefall, a 13-metre tower built on two levels, and the Hydra’s challenge water course.


Knight’s Kingdom

Knight’s Kingdom, dominated by an imposing castle, is the area dedicated to princesses and knights. Here, the attractions not to be missed are the roller coasters, present in two versions: for the very young and for slightly older children.

Pirate Shores

Pirate Shores is, instead, the Pirates themed area, with water attractions and a themed restaurant.


Duplo Valley

I am often asked if there is a dedicated pre-school area at Legoland Windsor or what attractions are best suited for younger children.

Duplo Valley is precisely the area designed for the very young, with attractions also suitable for children under 3 years of age. Here, you will find slides and water games, a small train and the Fairy Tale Brook attraction, which will take you and your children on a boat trip through the scenes of the most loved fairy tales.


Lego Ninjago World

Ninjago World is the area based on the popular Ninjago TV series.


Lego City

This area of the park is all about transportation in the city.  Here, my eldest son had a lot of fun because it is a real driving school, and the children will have the cars to drive. Here, children can get their first driving licence, help the fire brigade or go on a fun underwater adventure.


Heartlake City

Heartlake City is an area inspired by the Lego Friends product range. Here, you can take the train that will take you to discover the other areas of the park, experience an adventure on horseback or take a break in the many refreshment points.



Miniland is a real miniature world, made with LEGO bricks: over 40 millions! Here you can, for example, admire beautiful reproductions of some of the most famous monuments in the world.

We loved watching the Eurostar travelling from London to Paris through the tunnel.


Kingdom of the Pharaohs

In the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, children can venture out to discover the secrets of ancient Egypt. Here, they will find several fun rides, such as the much-loved Laser Raiders.


Land of the Vikings

Land of the Vikings is the Viking themed area. Here, children can experience an exciting aquatic adventure on the Viking River Splash.



In this area of the park, you’ll find a variety of attractions that make learning fun.

You can experience an exciting adventure in LEGO Studios 4D or admire the works of Miniland from above by traveling on the Sky Rider.


Deep Sea Adventure

Possibly one of our park favorites! You board a LEGO submarine, and you can go to discover what is hidden beneath the surface!



Imagination – an area for learning and fun with 4D movies and Lego building


Legoland Windsor Rides for Children Under 0.9m

If you’re taller than 1.3m, you’re allowed to ride any attraction even without adult supervision. However, our focus is on the younger children.

Determining which rides are suitable for toddlers can be challenging. So, is Legoland a good choice for toddlers? In brief, yes.

Here are the rides specifically designed for the little ones, with no minimum height requirement:

Legoland rides for children under 90cm.


Legoland Windsor Rides for Children 1m and Under

Most of these rides and attractions require a minimum height of 0.9m. If the minimum height is 1m, we’ve indicated this using **.

Our favourite Legoland attractions for younger children

Here are some highlights for young kids at Legoland:

  1. Miniland: They thoroughly enjoyed observing the Eurostar trains in action.
  2. Castaway Cove playground: We chose this area as our base and had a picnic lunch.
  3. Splash Safari / Drench Towers: Located in Duplo Valley, this splash park is a lot of fun on warm days. Remember to bring a change of clothes and a towel.
  4. Driver’s School: Without a doubt, their absolute favorite activity at Legoland for young kids was the driving school. There are two driving schools available, one for ages 3-5 and another for ages 6-8. Kids participate in a theory session, take control of their own car, and receive their very own Legoland driver’s license at the end.
  5. Duplo Valley Theatre: Throughout the day, delightful shows like Goldilocks and the Three Bears are performed. This is included in your ticket


Special events at Legoland Windsor 

Walking through the park, children will also be able to meet friendly characters, such as the LEGO NINJAGO heroes, and attend live shows or 4D cinema screenings. To learn about the programming, you can download the app from the park website.

During the year, Legoland organizes special events. The main ones are those scheduled to celebrate spring, Halloween and Christmas.

Watch the video of the day I spent with my family at Legoland Windsor.


Practical advice and useful information for the visit

How much time to spend at Legoland Windsor to see it all?

With the many attractions available, including rides and live shows, a visit to Legoland Windsor requires at least a full day.

At this point you are probably wondering if you can visit Legoland Windsor in one day.

From my point of view, this is an easy day trip from London. It is a stage that you could, in fact, include in the itinerary of your trip to keep the little ones at home happy.

If you need help organizing your trip to London, I suggest you take a look at my tailor-made London service.

When is the best time to go to Lego Windsor?

I advise you to avoid going to Legoland Windsor during the weekend, Bank holidays, preferring midweek ones, to avoid queues.

Especially to get on the most famous attractions, in fact, you may have to wait a long time. However, if you have no alternatives, to avoid the very long queues, you can buy one of the passes to skip the queue.

The Reserve & Ride system, for example, allows you to queue virtually, leaving you time to explore the park.

We chose it for our visit and it’s worth every penny.

There are three levels:

  • Regular (it has the same waiting time as the physical queue);
  • Express (reduces the wait by 50%);
  • Ultimate (this is the fastest way to access the attractions).

Finally, with the One-Shots ticket, you will have instant access to 5 attractions.

It is a system that I do not fully agree with, even taking into account the already high entrance fees to the park for a family, which is, however, to be taken into consideration if you visit the park at the weekend or in periods of greater affluence .


What is the recommended age to go to Legoland Windsor?

Considering the costs to be incurred, it is normal to wonder what is the right age to bring a child to Legoland Windsor.

This theme park is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 12, but what you should really ask yourself isn’t so much what age is right, but what height is right. In fact, most of the attractions are accessible to children at least 90 cm tall.

If your child is taller, he will be able to safely access most attractions regardless of age.

Is Legoland Windsor accessible to people with disabilities?

The park, the hotels of the resort and, in general, all the attractions are accessible to all guests.

There is also the Ride Access Pass, which allows those who need assistance or who are unable to queue to still access the rides, without having to wait in line.

If you need more information, you can write to accessibility.experience@legoland.co.uk


Are pets allowed at Legoland Windsor?

Please note that, with the exception of trained guide dogs, dogs or other animals are not permitted in the park.


Where is it and how to get to Legoland Windsor?

The park is located just 43km from central London and is easily accessible from the city for a day trip.

Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY, UK

How to get to Legoland Windsor

The park is easily accessible from London by train, bus or car.


How to reach Legoland Windsor by train

To reach the Lego theme park from London by train, you can leave from London Paddington station and get off at Windsor & Eton Central. It will take about 30 minutes.

Alternatively, departing from London Waterloo and arriving at Windsor & Eton Riverside will take approximately 1 hour.

Once in Windsor, a shuttle bus runs from both train stations to Legoland Windsor. Please note that this is a paid service and is not managed by the park.


How to get to Legoland Windsor by bus

Legoland Windsor can also be reached by bus, with green lines no. 702 and no. 703.

Find timetables and fare information here.

An alternative to get to Legoland Windsor from London is then the Golden Tours bus. This company runs a daily service to the park, which runs from over 50 London hotels.

We travelled by bus and I must say I appreciated that you don’t need to change and your arrival is right at the entrance of the park.


Legoland Windsor by car

If, on the other hand, you decide to reach the park by car, you will need to buy a parking ticket for £8 (you can save £1 by booking in advance).

Parking is, on the other hand, included in the price of Premium Merlin and LEGOLAND Annual Pass subscriptions.

For those wishing to park closer to the entrance there is a car park which costs £16. However, if you book in advance online you will save £3.


Legoland Windsor opening hours and days

Legoland Windsor is generally open from spring to November. The park can then be visited on the weekends preceding Christmas and during the Christmas holidays.

In the morning, Legoland opens at 10:00. Closing times, on the other hand, vary according to the time of year. Generally the park closes at 5 or 6 pm.

You can check the opening days and hours here.


How much does the Legoland Windsor ticket cost and how to save

Legoland Windsor entry tickets cost from £66.00 (at the ticket office) and from £34.00 (online). You can, therefore, buy tickets online and save money. Please note, however, that tickets purchased online must be used on the selected day and those that have not been used will not be refunded. Unfortunately, even in the event of bad weather, no refunds are issued.

To save money, if you have the opportunity to return to the park during the year, you can also purchase annual passes. These passes include discounts on food and beverages, in stores and on special events.

Finally, keep in mind that children under 90 cm in height enter for free.

Legoland Deals

Usually there are some Legoland offers to be found to bring the cost down significantly.

  1. Book your tickets in advance. Even if you only book online on the Legoland Windsor website 1 day in advance, you can make significant savings.
  2. If you have a Tesco Clubcard, check to see if you can buy Tesco Clubcard Legoland Vouchers.
  3. Legoland Kids Go Free – with a paying adult. Remember children under 90 cm are free anyway.
  4. Check the DaysoutGuide with National Rail as they sometimes have a Legoland 2 for 1 offer.
  5. Kelloggs Grown Ups Go Free on many UK attractions including Legoland.
  6. Get a 2nd day free when you book a Legoland Windsor Resort short break at one of the Legoland Hotels.
  7. If you live close enough and think you will visit more than once, you should consider an annual pass.

Legoland Windsor Restaurants

If you’re wondering if there are any restaurants or food outlets inside Legoland Windsor, don’t worry. You’ll find burgers, pizza, pasta, wraps, sandwiches and salads, as well as donuts, popcorn, ice cream and candies. The alternatives are for all tastes.

If, however, you prefer to bring your own food to Legoland Windsor, you can. Inside the park, there are, in fact, several areas for dining.


Where to sleep in Legoland Windsor

The park offers “short break” packages, which include overnight stays in affiliated facilities.

You can opt for one of the two fully themed hotels, the Legoland Resort Hotel or the Legoland Castle Hotel, or for one of the selected hotels near the park.

To book accommodation at Legoland Windsor, you can click here.

Legoland Windsor Resort holidays can offer great savings. If you’re not worried about staying a Legoland Hotel, you can stay close by in hotels near Legoland Windsor. If you’re visiting around Christmas, they offer a fantastic festive experience. Check out their Santa Sleepover.


Legoland Passes

If you live nearby and anticipate multiple visits to Legoland throughout the year, it’s worth considering the various options for Legoland Annual Passes. These passes offer discounts on parking, food, the gift shop, and Legoland Hotels.

For those with toddlers under 90 cm, there is a Toddler Pass available for £49. This pass allows unlimited visits with your toddler on off-peak days throughout the year.

If you live close enough and know that you’ll visit Legoland a few times during the year, you may want to look at the different Legoland Annual Pass options. They include discounts off parking, food, the gift shop and Legoland Hotels.

Legoland annual pass – £89

Legoland Premium annual pass – £119

Merlin annual pass – £179 per person to give you free access to 30 top UK attractions, including Legoland Windsor

I hope you enjoyed this article and that you found all the information you need to plan a trip to Legoland Windsor!

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