Family Day out at Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester *

We love spending time together as a family and are always wondering what to do locally especially during the School Term Holidays. Hence, we were happy to be invited to visit Legoland Discovery Centre at Barton Square in Manchester to review their newest feature – The Space Mission HQ, the new Lego Ninjago City Adventure and to watch the release of the latest 4D Ninjago film titled Master of the 4th Dimension.  We have been to Legoland a few times before as our kids have always enjoyed heading there, but we could not wait to see what these new features were all about.

Here’s a quick HD video of what we did at Legoland as we share photos and videos of our kids doing various creative and imaginitive play such as lego building, forest range pursuit, racers, build and test, miniland and Kingdom Quest amongst others.

Although Legoland Discovery Centre has lots of play areas which is designed for kids aged 3 to 10, most of their rides are based on minimum  and maximum height, so remember to measure your kids. Depending on the day / time you head there, there might also be waiting times for the rides but don’t worry if you do have to wait in que as there are lots of lego play areas for kids to play about as they wait.  We headed there during peak time…which was school holiday term break time hence the place was crowded with lots of kids so we were given a time limit until 2pm to be in Legoland (even with the time limit, we still had plenty of time as we arrived at 10am and covered everything).  Our recommendations would be to head there as early as you possibly can so you have plenty of time to do everything you want.


Our kids love Legoland because there is so much Lego there and it has been design with kids in mind. The store is brighly coloured and while we wait to register or wait for the Factory Tour to begin, there is always something to look at or play with. Even the lifts and toilets are all painted with little lego men / woman and kids to make it more fun for the kids.  Kids are never bored as well, as there is plenty of lego building stations at each area, to allow them to building anything they want while they wait…. oh and there is a stamp station too to say that you have done each activity (so remember to look out for that). Our factory tour guide was fabulous and kept the kids entertained with her facts and the kids had the opportunity to leave with a souvenir as well.


Our kids love Lego Ninjago, so one of our highlights of the trip was to watch the 4D movie.  The latest Ninjago movie was titled Master of the 4th Dimension and and this did not dissapoint! Kids were so excited that they queued for round 10 minutes as they were so eager and wanted to be the first to go into the cinema and to get their special glasses . The effects and movie was great, we only wished it was longer. We all came out really happy with the results and big smiles on our faces.


Next, our destination was to head to Space Mission HQ (do click the video above to see how the space station and recording of the lego rocket counting down into space).  The space station shall we say was….out of this world! It was really cool and most importantly….very interractive hence, our kids totally loved it.  They had the opportunity to build space themed lego creations and rockets, create an animation video using four simple steps, which is – set the lego figurine at a place, snap a photo using the tablet provided, move the figurine and snap another picture then just press play! This was so easy to do that even our 5 year old enjoyed creating the animation by himself.

Here’s another photo taken at the “Top Secret Space Mission HQ” and as you can see the rocket was so realistic


Our favourite spot at the HQ had to be the space station screens, kids were totally mesmerised and bewildered at all the little buttons and the TV screens showing the different process of space landing / flight.


We would have to say that getting both of our kids out of the Lego Ninjago City Adventure was the hardest part.  They loved spending every moment they had exploring, climbing, playing and running around pretending to be a ninja at the 3 storey high Ninjago Training Camp play area.


Here’s a photo of the rotating climbing wall which was a favourite amongst the kids.


They also enjoyed the Forest Ranger Pursuit, our son was very happy to get on the ride this time as he was too small (height wise) last year when we were there.


As you can see, we had such a fabulous day. Watch the video above and do head to our facebook page to see more photos of the day.  We will leave you with our last family shot photographed with the life size lego version of Darth Vader.  Our kids had such a fun and fully packed day with play-led learning activities at Legoland Discovery Centre.  So the next time you are wondering what to do as a family…head over to Barton Square at Trafford Centre in Manchester to visit Legoland.


What to do while you are at Legoland?

  • Lego Factory Tour
  • Watch the 4D Cinema
  • Kingdom Quest Laser Ride
  • Merlin’s Apprentice Ride
  • LEGO City: Forest Pursuit Driving School
  • Creative Workshops (Time slots for this has to be pre-booked if they are busy)
  • Space Mission HQ
  • Merlin’s Appreentice Ride
  • Lego Racers: Build & Test
  • Lego Duplo Farm
  • Miniland

Things to note:

  • There is full baby changing facilities
  • There are plenty of toilets located so little kids won’t be caught short
  • Wheelchair and pram accessible
  • Buggy park is available at owners risk
  • There is a Coffeeshop there for you to order things like fresh coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks but we also saw a lot of families bringing their own picnic and eating at the designated areas, this is a good idea if you have very little kids and want to bring their favourite food / snacks along

Where is Legoland Manchester?

Legoland Discovery Centre

The Trafford Centre

Barton Square


M17 8AS

What is the Opening Hours for Legoland?

Monday to Sunday – 10am until 6pm

How much is the entrance fee for Legoland?

The entrance fee for Legoland may seem expensive but if you get family tickets or combi tickets to SEALIFE Manchester then it will seem be cheaper. Also do look out for BUY one FREE one discount tickets usually found on serial boxes or their website. For full rates, head to their website here.


You may also want to read this : Family Day Out to Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent


* We were provided with free entry passes to visit Legoland Discovery Centre in return for a review. All opinions are our own.


  1. April 11, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Wow the Legoland Discovery Centre looks like an amazing day out for the whole family. Are there many locations?

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 11, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      It was an amazing day! In Manchester there is only one, there should be one more closer to London and of course many more in Europe

  2. April 11, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    This looks like so much fun for the kids! I would have loved this when I was younger.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 7:27 am

      We are sure you would Hayley, a lot of grown ups enjoyed their experience too

  3. April 12, 2018 / 7:09 am

    While my son is only 5 months old … I have seen updates about the Legoland for a while now and know someday I would love to take him there someday! I love all the photos by the way.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 7:28 am

      We hope you do Angela, its such a fab place to go to. We started our kids with duplo when they were 6 months old. Thank you.

  4. April 12, 2018 / 7:42 am

    I am like a kid in a candy shop with things like this, I absolutely love lego and it looks like a great day out x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 10:15 am

      It certainly was Rhian, we all loved it

  5. April 12, 2018 / 9:12 am

    We’ve never been to the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester, however are visiting the city soon. If it’s anything like Windsor it’ll be amazing. Looks like a great day out x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 10:15 am

      It was a fabulous day out and we all had so much fun, hope you get a chance to visit the Manchester one

  6. April 12, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Oh wow! I never knew the legoland discovery centre existed! My son would absolutely love it!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 10:14 am

      So glad to hear that, hope you do get to visit the place with your son

  7. April 12, 2018 / 9:53 am

    It looks like they have done some work to it since our last visit. I have to admit it was not what we were expecting though, but the kids loved it

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Yes kids totally love the place and yes, they have added so many new activities

  8. April 12, 2018 / 11:13 am

    My 10 year old would have loved the Legoland Discovery Centre when he was younger and I’m sure that my 6 year old would have a great time there! I love the little cars for the children to ride in and the Top Secret Space Mission HQ looks amazing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 11:38 am

      It was so magical for the kids Emily! They loved it and I know both yours would too. Worth a trip there

  9. April 12, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Looks like a fab fun family day out and in such a convenient location too x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Yes which is easy for parking some shopping and ample of choices for lunch

  10. Dannii
    April 12, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    We were thinking of going here in a couple of weeks and this review has convinced me. Looks so much fun.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Yes it was super fun Dannii, you must not miss it

  11. April 12, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    My children would absolutely love this. Think we should plan a trip to Legoland Manchester next holidays

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 12, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Hope you do Becky, its a great place for kids and family as well

  12. April 12, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    This looks like soooo much fun. All my kids love Lego and we made it to Lego Land last year which was great. I’m sure they’d love to go here too.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 13, 2018 / 11:11 am

      We are sure they would Melanie as it was so much fun!

  13. April 13, 2018 / 7:12 am

    I love Lego and would’ve loved this as a kid! What a great day out 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 13, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Totally Miss Pond, we loved it!

  14. April 13, 2018 / 9:36 am

    It’s great that your kids had a fantastic day out in Legoland. I didn’t realise that there was a Legoland in Manchester – I’ve only visited the one in Windsor. There’s so many activities for the kids … no chance of them getting bored! Definitely worth getting the combi ticket to Sealife – another great family day out! : )

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 13, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Yes luckily we have one on this side of the UK too for those who can’t visit Windsor. Yes a combi ticket is so worth it for a great family day out!

  15. April 13, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    My sister is obsessed with Lego so I defo need to show her this place, she’d go crazy inside.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 13, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      We are sure she would Bethany, its a fab place

  16. April 14, 2018 / 10:45 am

    my kids would love this! We visited Manchester recently and thought it was such a great city when we go back we’ll have to check this place out! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 15, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Hope you do get the chance to visit Legoland with your family the next time Fritha

  17. April 16, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Wow this looks like a kid’s dream! Your photos look so cool! I’d absolutely love to take my little cousin here, he’s a huge Lego fan and I used to help him build his kits.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      So glad to hear that, hope you do get the chance to bring him Dani, he would love it

  18. April 16, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    This looks like an epic place to take kids!!
    I absolutely love LEGO so it’s great for kids and adults!!


    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Yes it was Kelly, we totally loved it x

  19. April 17, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    wow.. what a super fun place!
    I sooo wanna go and lay with legos here. I’m sure everyone.. kids and adults would enjoy this place!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 18, 2018 / 6:36 am

      Yes we all loved it there Shraddha, its a super cool place!

  20. April 18, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Wow! It looks amazing! My son is 7 and he loves Lego but my daughter is only 2, I’ve looked at going a few times but always worried it wouldn’t be very appropriate for my daughter?

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 20, 2018 / 10:34 am

      No she would love it! As they also have duplo lego there for tiny hands. Great place for the kids to have so much fun!

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