Legoland Windsor: the secret to happy kids...and happy parents!
If you have pre-teen children, and are planning to visit the sites and attractions around the UK, be sure Legoland is near the top of your list.
The lovely land of Lego
Situated in 150 acres of pristine parkland on the edge of Windsor, Berkshire, Legoland was opened to the public in 1996, and has been attracting families and young children ever since. Constructed from over 80-million Lego blocks, this bright and colourful theme park is seriously aimed at the younger family members. That said, what is it that makes for happy parents – if not happy children. From the Lego driving school to over fifty rides, your little darlings can flee dragons in the tree canopy, explore underwater with the Lego divers in the Atlantis Submarine or ride the rapids in a lookalike Viking war-canoe. Whatever the age, there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied for days on end.
Central hotels near Legoland Windsor
If you are looking for other things to do near Legoland Windsor, it is a good idea to choose a hotel reasonably central to all the attractions you want to visit. Whether you are visiting from outside the UK and landing at Heathrow, or travelling from other UK areas by car, the Heston Hyde Hotel is an excellent choice. Just off the M4, five miles from Heathrow and an easy commute to central London, it is just a pleasant 30 minute drive in the opposite direction to Windsor and its numerous attractions.
Ideal for families; rooms are all en-suite, and can be booked with inter-connecting doors so parents can enjoy their own time, with the children sleeping in adjoining rooms. Rooms have all the facilities you would expect from a high quality hotel including air-conditioning and soundproofing. Hotel amenities include a gym, spa, sauna and indoor swimming pool, as well as the usual free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is taken in the Glasshouse Restaurant, and a relaxing drink can be enjoyed in the Atrium Bar. With free parking for guests, and a 24 hour reception desk, all you have to do is plan your day’s activities. For business guests, meeting and function rooms are available.
Other things to do near Legoland Windsor
While the kids might want to spend all their time at Legoland, a break away from the park will do everybody some good. Just a ten minute drive from Legoland sits the oldest and biggest castle in the world which is still inhabited – Windsor Castle.
With Queen Elizabeth II in residence most weekends, the castle has over nine-hundred years of royal history and scandal concealed forever within its majestic walls. Tour the castle as a family, or enjoy a daytime or evening organised tour. View the Royal Art Collection, one of the largest in the world, and held in trust by the monarch for future kings, queens and the nation. Then relax a little, by enjoying a family picnic in Windsor Great Park.
Canoe and Kayak Tours near Windsor
If the older members of the family are getting itchy feet counting Lego blocks, perhaps a few hours on the river might brighten them up. Just ten minutes from the park you can explore Windsor from the River Thames. Organised transport will ferry you and the boats to Cookham. From there you can enjoy a leisurely paddle back downstream, stopping for lunch or a little light refreshment on the way.
If you want to visit attractions in Greater London, choose one of the central hotels near Legoland Windsor, and make sure you spend less time travelling and more time enjoying the things you’ve come to see.