We visit Legoland Windsor as a family roughly once a year and have done so for the past six or seven years now. Subsequently, when it comes to the top tips for visiting Legoland, we know them all.
While it’s unlikely you’ll need or use all of the tips in this post, just one or two can help to save you a lot of time, hassle and money at the Legoland theme park, and help you to have a fantastic day out as a family.
1. Measure Your Child in Advance
Despite Legoland Windsor being marketed as a theme park for families with young children, there are very few rides with a height limit of less than 1 meter and only a small handful of rides with a height requirement of 90cm or less.
Subsequently, I highly recommend that you research ride restrictions in advance, and measure your child to give you an idea of what rides they can and can’t go on to avoid disappointment on the day.
The best rides at Legoland Windsor (or should I say the most thrilling) all have a height requirement of 1.3m which on average children don’t reach until around 7 or 8 years old.
Given the height restrictions for smaller children, those under 90cm in height can visit the Legoland Windsor theme park for free and do not require a theme park ticket.
That being said, don’t let your child’s height put you off visiting Legoland Windsor entirely. We have visited Legoland with our toddler (under 90cm) several times in the past and had a great time in the Duplo Valley Playground and the Splash Safari.
2. Look For Vouchers & Discounts on Park Tickets
Unsurprisingly, Legoland tickets are expensive. Especially if you’re visiting the theme park as a family or a group. Thankfully, there are several discounts and vouchers available throughout the year that can help you save.
In fact, these vouchers and discounts are available so frequently that we’ve actually never paid full price for our tickets to Legoland. Despite visiting at least once a year for the past six or seven years.
Discounts we’ve used in the past have included a 2-for-1 voucher that was being given away for free on packs of Kellogs cereal as well as a promotion with Visit Britan and The National Lottery which reduced our ticket price down to just £19 per person.
When it comes to purchasing theme park tickets in the UK and abroad, we always use AttractionTix. AttractionTix consistently has the best prices on Legoland Windsor theme park tickets and incredible customer service.
Depending on the number of people visiting, you can expect that a discount voucher could save you upwards of £100, making it one of the best money-saving Legoland tips around.
Of course, discounts and promotions change throughout the seasons and throughout the years.
In my experience, I’ve found the easiest way to find the current discounts available on Legoland theme park tickets is simply by going to Google and searching ‘Legoland Windsor Discount Tickets’ and scrolling through the results.
If you struggle to find any external promotional offers for Legoland Windsor then consider checking out the Legoland website directly as they often have a package deal with a hotel stay and theme park tickets as well as several promotional offers.
3. Book Tickets in Advance
Even if you can’t get a promotional discount on your Legoland Windsor theme park tickets, you’ll still save roughly 45% by purchasing your theme park tickets online in advance rather than on the day of your visit.
You only need to book your tickets one day in advance, so even if it’s a last-minute decision to visit, I still recommend purchasing your theme park tickets online.
Of course, saving money isn’t the only benefit to purchasing your Legoland theme park tickets in advance as having your tickets ready upon your arrival at the park will mean that you don’t have to spend time queuing at the ticket counter when you arrive.
Instead, you’ll be able to head straight into the Legoland Windsor theme park and start exploring. This is especially important since the first hour inside Legoland is the best with the shortest wait times for the most popular rides such as; Flight of the Sky Lion and the Legoland Driving School.
4. Consider a Merlin Annual Pass
- Legoland Discovery Center
- SeaLife Center
- Alton Towers
- Thorpe Park
Therefore with a Merlin Annual Pass, you’re able to visit all of these incredible locations and more for free (except for any specified blackout dates) and you’ll also get discounts on parking, food, drinks and souvenirs.
The cost of a Merlin Annual Pass starts at £99 per person, which considering tickets to Legoland Windsor start at £34 when purchased online in advance, makes this a really good deal.
5. Avoid School Holidays
Unsurprisingly, school holidays and weekends are the most popular time to visit Legoland Windsor and often result in higher ticket prices and larger crowds.
The best time to visit Legoland Windsor is on a Monday to Friday during term time as tickets to the park reduce from around £40 to around £30 when booking online in advance. While this £10 per ticket saving doesn’t sound like a lot, if you’re a family of four it’s an extra £40.
However, personally, I think the biggest benefit to visiting Legland outside of the peak season is that the theme park is quieter. You’ll spend less time queueing for rides and therefore be able to experience more of what Legoland Windsor has to offer during your visit.
For example, on busy days at Legoland, you can expect the longest queues for popular rides to be upwards of 90 minutes. However, wait times for these same rides during quieter days can be 30 minutes or less.
Multiply that one-hour saving by three or four rides, and you’ve suddenly got back half a day which you can use to go on five or six other rides that you would have otherwise had to skip.
6. Book to Stay in a Legoland Hotel
If you’re looking to further enhance your visit to Legoland Windsor then consider booking a night in one of the two Legoland Hotels.
Unsurprisingly, this experience doesn’t come cheap. However, it comes with several unique benefits that can further enhance your day at the Legoland theme park, and is of course an incredible experience in itself.
The two on-site hotels at Legoland Windsor are;
- Legoland Resort Hotel
- Legoland Castle Hotel
Both of these hotels have a variety of Lego-themed rooms for you to choose from, and come with a private entrance into the Legoland park, meaning that you’re only ever a five or ten-minute stroll away from your hotel room.
Other benefits of staying in a Legoland Hotel include;
- Lego-themed indoor swimming pool & splash pad
- Character meets
- Complimentary breakfast
- Complimentary parking
- Evening entertainment
- Lego gift for every child
A night inside one of the Legoland Hotels roughly costs between £300 – £500 (based on two adults and two children).
- Complimentary parking – £16 Value
- Complimentary breakfast – £12 value (x4)
- Legoland Windsor Tickets (1 Day) – £34 value (x4)
- Lego gift – £10 value
The estimated value of the items included in a stay at a Legoland Hotel works out to be around £210 (based on two adults and two children). This means that the night in the hotel in and of itself is between £90 and £190.
Depending on the time of year you visit, this is approximately double the price of a family room in a hotel in Windsor town centre, which is located around a 10-mile drive from the Legoland Windsor theme park.
Therefore if you’re visiting Legoland Windsor on a budget and have to stay overnight, then it’s still often cheaper to stay in the town center.
However, none of this takes into consideration that you’re walking distance from the Legoland theme park, have access to a Lego-themed swimming pool and can experience Lego character meet and greets.
Therefore if you’re looking to really enhance your visit to Legoland, a stay at one of the Legoland Hotels is very much worthwhile.
7. Download The Legoland App
The Legoland Windsor Mobile App is free and available for all iOS and Android devices. I recommend downloading the Legoland App ahead of your visit so you can get familiar with the park’s layout as well as the average wait times for some of the park’s most popular rides.
This will help you to better plan and organise your day at Legoland, both in advance and in real time.
Free Wifi is available throughout Legoland, meaning that you don’t have to use your mobile data allowance. However, I’d still recommend bringing a power bank with you so that your phone can remain fully charged throughout the day.
During our trips to Legoland, we use the Legoland App to find the nearest places to eat inside the Legoland theme park, check live queue times, and adapt our plan for the day so that we’re able to maximise shorter wait times for certain rides that we want to go on before circling back to those rides with longer wait times.
8. Purchase Parking in Advance
If you’re not staying on-site in one of the Legoland Hotels then you’ll need to pay to park your car at Legoland Windsor. Frustratingly, car parking isn’t included with Legoland theme park tickets and instead, car parking needs to be purchased separately.
General parking at Legoland Windsor costs £8 when purchased in advance or £10 when purchased at the gate. However, thankfully, there are several times you can purchase your Legoland parking, including on the day of your visit.
If you’re purchasing your Legoland theme park tickets on the Legoland Resort Windsor website, then the best time to get your car parking is during the checkout process.
However, if you’ve purchased your Legoland theme park tickets from elsewhere then I recommend purchasing your car parking online on the day of your visit.
You only pay for parking as you exit the Legoland car park via the barriers. Therefore you have all day to purchase your car parking, either in person from one of the staff members at the entrance of the theme park or by using one of the QR codes signposted around the park.
Once you’ve purchased your Legoland parking you’ll be able to scan the barcode provided to exit the car park. However, if you get to the exit barrier and you haven’t purchased parking then you’ll be required to pay £10 via the card machine attached to the barriers.
9. Arrive Early
We have visited Legoland Windsor upwards of ten times now, and we’re still yet to experience everything the theme park has to offer in a single day. Therefore it’s incredibly important that you maximise every single moment you have inside the theme park as much as possible.
While Legoland doesn’t open until 10am, the turnstiles open half an hour earlier at 9:30am allowing you to enjoy ‘The Beginning’ area of the park.
However, I highly recommend arriving at Legoland half an hour earlier than that at 9:00am. This gives you plenty of time to park your car and walk to the theme park entrance before the turnstiles open at 9:30am. From there you’ve got a 30-minute wait until the theme park officially opens.
The food at Legoland is expensive and mediocre at best. I, therefore, recommend saving money and maximising your time inside the theme park by purchasing and eating breakfast before arriving.
If you do not have a Reserve and Ride ticket, then I can not stress the importance of this Legoland Windsor tip enough. The first hour inside Legoland is the quietest, therefore the strategy you have and the rides you go on during this time will have a huge impact on the rest of your day.
10. Head to The Back of The Park
When the Legoland Windsor theme park officially opens, I recommend heading to the Pirate Shores Area, Ninjago Area or the Lego Mythica area at the back of the theme park.
While this will require fast-paced walking a rather long distance, I’ve found that this start-of-the-day strategy pays off time and time again and you’ll notice many other regular visitors to Legoland Windsor doing the same.
That’s because most first-time visitors to Legoland turn left at ‘The Beginning’ and head down into Miniland at a leisurely pace.
By going to the back of the theme park you’re going away from the majority and should experience everything within Legoland at an opposite time resulting in lower-than-average ride queues even during peak times.
11. Bring Snacks For The Queues
It’s no secret that the food and drink inside Legoland Windsor comes at a premium. However, thankfully you can bring your own food to the theme park with you.
If you’d like to bring a picnic to Legoland Windsor to save money on lunch then this can be a great idea. However, I find that the best idea is to bring plenty of snacks.
That way if you find yourself in one of the long queues for a popular ride you’ve got something to eat while you wait.
Of course, when deciding what snacks to bring to Legoland Windsor it’s worth considering the weather, as on a sunny day snacks such as chocolate can quickly melt and turn very messy.
Instead, I recommend dry foods such as cereal bars and crisps which can withstand heat and humidity and aren’t going to be spoiled or cause a lot of damage inside your backpack if they are thrown around a little while you walk around the park.
12. Decide Where You’re Going to Eat in Advance
Legoland Windsor is a huge theme park, and the food selection is mediocre at best. As a result, I recommend deciding what type of food you’d like to eat in advance of your visit and even taking note of where inside the park it’s located.
That way, rather than having to walk 20 minutes to the other side of the theme park for lunch, you can map that restaurant into your day at the park and be within the vicinity of it come lunchtime.
13. Check The Show Times
There are several shows within Legoland that are only available at certain times. These include;
- Return to Skeleton Bay in Heartlake City
- Journey to Mythica 4D in Lego Studios 4D
- Lego City Officer in Pursuit in Lego Studios 4D
- Lego Ninjago Master of the 4th Dimension in Lego Studios 4D
- Duplo Valley Theatre Performances in Duplo Valley
The times of these shows are not published in advance and are only available on the day of your visit.
Subsequently, if you’d like to see any of these shows during your visit to Legoland you’ll want to take note of the show times (which are shown on the screens around the park) and decide which one you’re going to attend in advance.
14. Bring a Water Bottle
While summer can be a good time to visit the Legoland Windsor Resort, given that you’ll likely encounter better weather. It makes staying hydrated on a hot day all the more important.
While Legoland sells bottles of water across the theme park, they are expensive. Instead, I recommend bringing a water bottle and using one of the several refill stations around the theme park to keep hydrated.
15. Bring a Bank Card
Legoland Windsor is now a card-only establishment. Meaning that cash is not accepted anywhere within the theme park.
It’s therefore incredibly important that you bring a bank card (or two) with you to Legoland so that you’re able to purchase food, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and any miscellaneous items.
16. Skip the Refillable Cup
Legoland Windsor offers a refillable cup for £16 for one, £14 each for two or £12 each for three or more.
This refillable cup provides you with unlimited refills throughout the day and can be “recharged” on future visits to the theme park for just £6. However, in most cases, the value of the Legoland refillable cup isn’t worth it.
A bottled fizzy drink inside Legoland Windsor costs between £2.85 and £3.05 which means that you’d need to purchase six bottled drinks for the refillable cup to be better value for money.
The majority of people visiting Legoland Windsor aren’t going to purchase six bottled drinks in a single day at the theme park and subsequently, it’s better value for money to purchase drinks as and when you need them.
The only exception to this is if you’re planning to visit Legoland for a second day or plan to revisit the theme park multiple times, given the fact that you can “recharge” the cup for £6.
In that case, the cost of one cup over two days would be £22 which is the equivalent to roughly 7 drinks or 3.5 drinks per day.
It’s more likely that you’ll consume more than 3 drinks in one day at Legoland, especially if you’re visiting on a hot day. However, it’s still not guaranteed and still may not be the best option for many people visiting the theme park – and at this point, it’s up to you to decide if the refillable cup is right for you and your family.
Of course, if you are going to get one of the Legoland refillable cups then I highly recommend purchasing it as soon as you enter the theme park, that way you can maximise the duration in which you’re able to use it throughout the day.
17. Bring a Change of Clothes
The Legoland Windsor theme park is home to several water rides including Hydra’s Challenge and Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest, that will see you get wet, very wet.
Of course, you don’t want to miss out on some of the theme parks’ most incredible rides and attractions for fear of getting wet. However, at the same time walking around Legoland in wet clothes isn’t any fun either.
While there are paid human dryers located outside of each of the water rides at Legoland, I’ve found that the better option is to bring a spare set of clothes. That way if you do get wet you can get changed in one of the many toilets around the theme park.
18. Pack a Swimming Costume & Towel
If you’re visiting Legoland Windsor with younger children then keeping them out of the Duplo Splash Area inside Duplo Valley is going to be near enough impossible.
For this reason, most regular visitors to Legoland Windsor bring swimming costumes for the little ones to change into.
There are changing facilities located adjacent to this area of the park and even Farmer Joe’s Chicken Co. and a coffee shop located nearby for a drink and a snack afterwards.
19. Bring a Pushchair
Legoland Windsor is a huge theme park, and as a result, you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet either walking or standing.
Subsequently, if your child is not used to walking long distances, standing all day or has only recently stopped using a pushchair then it may be a good idea to bring it with you just in case.
If you no longer have a buggy or a pushchair then you can hire them while at Legoland Windsor.
The rental location is just next to the Legoland Store in ‘The Beginning’ area of the theme park. At the time of our last visit (September 2023), a single pushchair cost £10 and a double cost £15.
20. Invest in Reserve & Ride
Reserve and Ride (formerly known as Q-Bot) is a system that queues on your behalf, allowing you to spend more time exploring the park.
We have never managed to go on every ride at Legoland Windsor in just one day. Therefore if you have children who are 1.3 meters or taller and are subsequently able to go on all the rides inside the Legoland Windsor theme park then Reserve & Ride may be a worthwhile investment.
There are several different Reserve and Ride options available at Legoland depending on your budget and preferences and while Reserve and Ride packages can be purchased at the Reserve and Ride stand in ‘The Beginning’ area of the Legoland Windsor theme park, I recommend instead booking online in advance.
Purchasing Reserve and Ride online in advance gives you time to look at each of the different options available and make a decision as to which one is right for you without feeling pressured or under any sort of time limit.
Plus, by purchasing Reserve and Ride in advance you’re able to head straight to the rides when the Legoland theme park opens, rather than queuing up at the Reserve and Ride stand.
21. Grab a Birthday Badge
If you’re celebrating a birthday during your visit to Legoland Windsor then don’t forget to visit Guest Services for a complimentary birthday badge and your name on the birthday dashboard which is shown on screens around the park.
22. Take The Hill Train
Legoland is set on a hill, which can be fine going down into the theme park. However, after a long day of walking around, climbing back up to ‘The Beginning’ where the gift shop and exit are located can be hard work.
Thankfully, Legoland operates a free hill train which takes you from the Land of the Vikings area back up to ‘The Beginning’.
23. Stay Until The Park Closes
Coming up to closing time at the Legoland theme park you’ll often notice the crowd levels tapering off and a lot of people heading back to ‘The Beginning’ and leaving the park.
Subsequently, this can be one of the best times to go on any of the big rides you’ve not yet experienced. It can also be a fantastic time to go on any of the water rides if you haven’t brought a change of clothes since you’ll then be heading back to the car.
24. Visit The Gift Shop Early
If you’re planning on purchasing any souvenirs during your trip to Legoland Windsor then I highly recommend going to the gift shop earlier rather than later.
During the last hour of the theme park opening the main gift shop in ‘The Beginning’ often has a queue outside and is very crowded inside, since everyone goes by the gift shop as they exit the theme park.
Of course, while it’s great shopping earlier when the gift store is quieter, nobody wants to purchase a Lego set (or two!) and have to walk around with it all day. Thankfully Legoland knows this and has implemented two programs.
First, there is the Shopping Saver, which allows you to purchase items from the gift store and leave them at the store until you’re ready to collect them at the end of the day.
Second, hotel guests staying in one of the on-site Legoland Hotels can benefit from staff members delivering purchases to the hotel room free of charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for more Legoland tips? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions first-time visitors have.
How Long Do You Need at Legoland Windsor?
Legoland Windsor is a full-day attraction. I recommend arriving before the theme park opens and staying until it closes. Even then, it’s unlikely you’ll experience everything that the theme park has to offer.
If it’s your first visit, or you’re travelling with children who are 1.3m or taller and subsequently able to go on all the rides inside the theme park then I recommend investing in the Legoland ‘Fast Passes’.
There are several different Reserve and Ride passes available which can reduce the amount of time you spend waiting in line for rides and increase the number of rides you’re able to go on.
Can You Do Legoland In One Day?
You can do Legoland in one day. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll experience everything the theme park has to offer. Especially if you’re visiting in the summer months when it’s peak season.
We’ve visited Legoland Windsor around ten times now, and we’ve always only spent a day at the theme park. However, we’ve never managed to go on all the rides, even when investing in a Reserve & Ride pass.
How Many Days Do You Need at Legoland Windsor?
While you can visit Legoland Windsor in one day, I’d recommend upgrading to two days if you can.
We’ve visited Legoland Windsor more than ten times now, and we’re yet to experience everything that the theme park has to offer in a single day – even with Reserve and Ride.
That doesn’t mean that you should avoid visiting Legoland Windsor if you only have one day. In fact, we’ve only ever spent one day at the theme park during our visits.
However, with two days you will be able to go on more rides, see more shows and experience the Legoland theme park at a more leisurely pace.
When is The Best Time to go to Legoland Windsor?
The best time to go to Legoland Windsor is on a Monday to Friday during term time.
During this time you’ll find that the theme park tickets are at their cheapest and the crowd levels are at their lowest which means that the amount of time you spend waiting in line for rides at the theme park will be significantly less when compared to the peak times.
What Time Does Legoland Car Park Open?
The Legoland Windsor car park opens one hour before the theme park. As a result, if the theme park opens at 10:00am during your visit then the car park will open at 09:00am.
What To Take To Legoland?
When visiting Legoland I highly recommend bringing the following items;
- Swimming Costumes
- Change of Clothes
- Water Bottle
- Bank Cards
- Theme Park Tickets
- Mobile Phone
- Mobile Phone Charger / Power Bank