LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester

Anusuya Mukherjee
Feb 29, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Oct 07, 2021
Family enjoying Kingdom Quest at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester.
Age: 3+
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  • Experience LEGO like you never have before with a huge range of attractions.
  • Head to Merlin's Apprentice and take a ride around Merlin's workshop.
  • Check out some of the kid's favourite LEGO movies at the 4D Cinema.
  • Brace yourself for a VR journey at The Great LEGO Race VR Experience.
  • Build and race your own LEGO cars at the LEGO Racers area.

Having been around since 1949, the joys of LEGO are present in many of our childhood memories. Over the years, the LEGO empire has expanded significantly, with millions of children (and grown-ups) worldwide having hours of fun building, creating and playing with these fantastic plastic bricks. There are 22 different LEGOLAND Discovery Centres worldwide. The European locations include Manchester, Birmingham, Istanbul, Berlin, Oberhausen and Scheveningen in the Netherlands, but there are also numerous across the US, Asia, and one in Melbourne, Australia.

If you've got a LEGO lover in the family, or are simply looking for some great things to do on a rainy day out in Manchester, the LEGOLAND Trafford Centre location is the perfect spot for some playtime in the city centre. Aimed at children aged from 3-10, there is something to do for everyone if you decide to pop in here when you next visit Manchester. Since the Trafford Centre itself is first and foremost an indoor shopping centre full of shops, eateries and other family-friendly attractions, there is always something for other family members to do while the kids play to their heart's content at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

With a host of simulated LEGO-themed rides, a build and test racing area, as well as a play area and 4D cinema, there's no shortage of fun things to do for the whole family at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester. Kids who love Ninjago (and the adults who have grown to love it too!) will be blown away by the new LEGO Ninjago City Adventure play area. With three storeys to explore and discover, this attraction is certainly worth checking out. Kids can test out their ninja skills and take on the rotating climbing wall, carry out challenges from their favourite Ninjago characters, climb and slide throughout the play area and of course, build some Ninjago LEGO.

For those who love the thrill of new challenges, there are several Virtual Reality and simulated experiences for the whole family to enjoy. First, check out the Merlin's Apprentice ride, which takes you through the magical workshop Merlin uses to make his potions. Another favourite attraction with families is Kingdom Quest, where you can zap trolls and skeletons to save the trapped Princess. And, for the ultimate VR, or Virtual Reality experience, look no further than The Great LEGO Race VR Experience. Here, you can experience the UK's only LEGO VR attraction, as you whizz through a rollercoaster of a race track, crossing hot lava and climbing a mountain. While this isn't a gaming experience, and you are not in control of your racer, this is still a fantastic and unique activity that will blow kids and adults away.

Fans of the big screen should definitely also make time to pop into the LEGO 4D Cinema, where films such as LEGO® Movie 4D: A New Adventure and LEGO® NINJAGO® 4D Movie are played on a loop. You'll be supplied with 4D glasses, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the explosive special effects! Next, make sure to check out the fantastic MINILAND, a model town made from over 1.5 millions LEGO bricks. Here you'll find an interactive city filled with North West landmarks, including Blackpool Tower, the rollercoasters of Alton Towers, and Coronation Street. And, if you happen to visit LEGOLAND Manchester at Christmas or Halloween, you'll see MINILAND take on a festive, or spooky twist.

In addition to the viewing attractions, there are also plenty of hands-on things to see and do. Younger kids can head to the DUPLO Farm, with slightly larger bricks to play with than normal LEGO. You can also take a photo next to the farmyard cow, and play with some of the extra-large soft bricks. Parent and Toddler Tickets are a great option too if you're visiting with younger children. Kids will also love the LEGO Factory, where they can help Professor Brick-a-Brack create the ultimate LEGO brick, and see how LEGO is made.

Lastly, the LEGO Racers area is a top attraction for kids who love to build and create LEGO cars and vehicles. Here, you can build your very own LEGO car and race it against others on the Land Rover Discovery Build Table. Then, kids can get their photo taken on the podium with the winner's cup. You can also book in a two or three-hour play session throughout the week, where kids get a chance to experience all the different play areas and build their own LEGO. There are also specialised activities for under-5's to enjoy. In addition, there is, of course, a LEGO shop, where you can take home a souvenir from your day at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester.

For something to eat or drink on your day at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, there is a coffee shop with kid's meals, snacks, and drinks. Alternatively, head to the food hall at the Trafford Centre, where you can find everything from Chinese food at the Chinatown Food Court, to Pizza Express or Wagamama. There are also lots of coffee shops such as Caffe Nero and Starbucks, where you can relax with a coffee.

If you and the family had a brilliant day out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester and are looking for more family-friendly days out in the area, be sure to plan a visit to Clifton Country Park in Salford for adventures in the great outdoors. Or, sports fans should head to the National Football Museum in central Manchester to learn all about the history of football.

What to know before you go

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is open from 11am-2pm from Monday-Friday, and 10am-3:30pm on weekends.
  • Toilets, including accessible toilets, are available on site, as well as baby changing facilities. There is also a Changing Places facility available near the toilets. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is also wheelchair and buggy friendly.
  • There are options for guests to take the Quiet Route, which avoids areas with loud noise and any flashing lights. There are also specific Autism Friendly Sessions that are put on regularly. If you need, you can also get a hidden disability lanyard to make sure staff know if you need any extra support. Ear defenders are available to borrow for those who are sensitive to noise.
  • A child must accompany adults.
  • For the Merlin's Apprentice ride, kids between 90cm - 120cm will need to ride with an adult. For the Kingdom Quest ride, kids under 5'1 must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to sit unaided.

Getting there

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is found at the Trafford Centre, just west of Central Manchester. By car, it is an easy drive via Junction 9 or 10 from the M60.
  • The closest car park is at Barton Square, with the Satnav postcode M17 8AA.
  • You can easily access the Trafford Centre by taking a bus connection from nearby Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Salford Crescent or Urmston.
  • There is a frequent X50 bus route running to and from Manchester Piccadilly.
  • If cycling, you can park your bike near the back of the Barton Square car park, outside Next Home.
  • There is also private taxi hire available on site.

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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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