It was an opportunity too good to miss – especially for young Lego fans.
Visitors to the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester have the chance to buckle-up and go for a spin in an exhilarating virtual reality ride.
The attraction is home to the UK’s only Lego VR Experience, which sees brick fans immersed in a 360-degree world.
My eight-year-old son Ewan, and his cousin Fin, aged 12, spend hours building with the iconic plastic bricks, so were eager to be among the first to try out the new ride – one of only two in the world.
When it was their turn, they excitedly climbed into one of the four futuristic pods, and were then strapped in and shown how to use the VR headsets.
Here’s a short video of our experience here:
Centre of the action
The ‘Great Lego Race’ got underway, with Ewan and Fin at the centre of the action. The brick-built Lego world took them across rocky mountains, through rolling rivers and over bubbling lava.
During the ride, both boys kept looking around, clearly fascinated by the world they’d been thrown into and picking up the detail of their surroundings – the intricate detail the Lego brand is renowned for.
They had beaming grins throughout, and afterwards wanted to do it all over again.
But it was my turn to have a go, along with my husband Simon, and despite being a little apprehensive initially, I absolutely loved it.
I’m not a big fan of white-knuckle rollercoasters, so the VR ride was ideal. It gave me the chance to experience a thrilling ride without actually hurtling down a vertical slope at breakneck speed.
The virtual reality feels, well, very real. So real, in fact, that I wouldn’t advise eating a big meal before boarding.
It felt like we were characters in a Lego movie, and although the ride doesn’t last long (just a few minutes), it’s an experience I can highly recommend.
What else is on offer?
During our visit to Legoland Discovery Centre, we spent time exploring the rest of the venue, which is packed with boredom-busting activities.
On the Kingdom Quest ride we zapped beastly trolls and sneaky skeletons on our mission to save the Princess.
Ewan and Fin loved the three-storey play area in the Ninjago City Adventure zone, and also the Space Mission section.
And the build and test area is always popular, especially with the grown-ups (Simon became engrossed in building his own ultimate vehicle).
Other attractions include the 4D cinema (where there’s a risk of getting sprayed with water), and for little ones there’s the Lego Duplo Farm play zone.
Ewan and Fin took part in a Master Model Builder session, and they entered – and won – a building competition.
And their prize?
…a free ride on the VR Experience!
Needless to say they were delighted to go on the ride not once, but twice in one day.
Where is Legoland Discovery Centre?
The attraction is within the intu Trafford Centre in Manchester, with free parking and transport links. The nearest car park is at Barton Square.
The full address is:
Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester
intu Trafford Centre
When is it open?
- Daily from 10am to 6pm, with last entry at 5pm (the shop is also open until 6pm)
- On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the centre shuts at 5pm, with last admission at 3pm
- Closed on Christmas Day
How much is it?
- Visitors who book online can select a timeslot and are advised to arrive 15 minutes before their slot
- The walk-up price for an individual Legoland Discovery Centre ticket is £19.95 for adults and £15.95 for children (aged 3-17)
- Online prices for an individual ticket start from £15.95 for adults and £11.95 for children (aged 3-17)
- Admission is free for children under 3
- Activity packs are £4
- The Lego VR Experience isn’t included with the entry ticket. This is charged at an additional £5 per person
- Visit the website to find out more about other ticket options, such as annual passes and combi-tickets for Legoland Discovery Centre and Sea Life Manchester
Things to note:
- Adults aged 18 and over must be accompanied by a child (aged 17 years or younger) to visit the centre (with the exception of Adult Fans of Lego Nights)
- The time guests spend at the attraction may be limited at busy times. During these periods, guests are issued with a time-limited wristband
- Legoland Discovery Centre is designed for children aged 3-10 years – everything is child sized
- Baby changing facilities are available
- The centre is wheelchair and pram accessible
- A buggy park is available at owner’s risk
- The coffee shop offers hot beverages, soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks
- For all rides, guests must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle with or without carer assistance. All of the rides also require guests to be able to sit upright unaided
- No wheelchairs or strollers are provided. However, guests are able to rent these from the intu Trafford Centre shopmobility area
- There is no disabled rate but if a member of a party is registered disabled, one carer can be admitted free. Please bring documentation on the day
Review by: Colette Warbrook
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* We were provided with free entry passes to Legoland Discovery Centre and the Lego VR Experience in return for a review. All opinions are our own.