For people around the world, Lego is linked with happy childhood memories. The dynamic city of Manchester is home to the UK’s only LegoLand Discovery Centre, which celebrates these brightly coloured bricks with fun games and activities.
Read on to discover what makes LegoLand Discovery Centre a great day out for the family.
Founded in 1932 in Denmark, Lego is one of the world’s favourite toy manufacturers, synonymous with childhood memories. The name Lego comes from the Danish ‘leg godt’, meaning ‘play well.’
From its origins in a Danish carpenter’s workshop to the interlocking plastic bricks we all know and love, Lego has long been providing children with toys that help them imagine, build and learn. The iconic toy sets now feature beloved characters from film and television, and in 2011 astronauts even took Lego to the International Space Station.
Lego was voted Toy of The Century in 2000, and is the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of toys. In 2012 alone, 45.7 billion Lego bricks were made, and if all the bricks sold that year were laid out end-to-end they would stretch round the world more than 18 times!
Situated in the thriving Trafford Centre, the LegoLand Discovery Centre, Manchester, is an ideal place to visit with children aged 3 to 10 years.
Highlights include the Lego Factory, where over 100,000 special bricks are made by visitors every year. A visit to the Master Model Builder’s workshop will give you some hands on Lego tuition, which you can later put to good use by building a tower for the Earthquake Tables.
You can explore Manchester’s famous buildings in Miniland, which brings the lively city to life with nearly 1.5 million Lego bricks. Fans of Lego Friends will love singing Karaoke and visiting Olivia’s House, and the whole family can experience a 4D movie adventure with some famous Lego movie characters.
The adventurous will enjoy chasing robbers in the Lego City: Forest Pursuit driving game, experiencing the life of a Lego fire-fighter in Lego Fire Academy’s play area, or saving the Princess in the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride.
Smaller children can have fun in the soft play area of the Lego Construction Site, and then build their own objects at the Duplo Village.
In December 2013, visitors can join in the festive celebrations of the Lego ‘Christmas Bricktacular’, which features Christmas inspired decorations and activities and Lego Minifigures celebrating their own spectacular Mini-Christmas.
Relax with a cup of coffee and lunch at the Lego café, which also includes lots of Lego blocks for keen builders to play with.
After the fun, be sure to visit the large Lego shop next door to select from hundreds of the latest Lego products.
Plan Your Trip
The LegoLand Discovery Centre in Manchester hosts a range of special events throughout the year, such as Star Wars days, Superhero Weekends, and holiday themed activities, so it’s worth planning your trip in advance. If you pre-purchase your LegoLand Discovery Centre Manchester tickets online 24 hours or more in advance, you will also receive an online discount and priority entrance to the attraction.
Unwind after your memorable trip to LegoLand Discovery Centre with a stay in the sophisticated Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport. Our stylish Manchester airport hotel features spa and fitness facilities, and easy access to Manchester’s city centre by car, bus or train.
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