There are some brilliant attractions at this adventure theme park within the rolling Berkshire countryside. Over 55 million Lego bricks have been used to create the site, which gives you some idea of the sheer scale of the place.
New for 2014 is the Pirate Shores area with stomach churning freefalling on the huge Jolly Roger Pirate Ship that the kids on our visit begged to repeat. The the fantastically fun Pirate Show also got the thums up, as did getting utterly soaked on the wicked Pirate Falls, a soppingly wet ride through endless jets of water culminating in a massive drenching drop which on a hot day was perfectly welcome (there are drying off cubicles dotted about for cold or wetter days). You can also pan for the gold stolen by Captain Blackheart which you get to keep at the end, or head off to the Castaway Camp adventure playground with treehouses, rope walks and secret passages.
The old favourites are still a big draw, from Driving School (six- to 13-year-olds can drive whizzy electric cars amid roundabouts, traffic lights and much confusion, and there's also a scaled-down version for tots) to Miniland (London's landmarks in miniature). Other star turns include the twisting Dragon rollercoaster, passing slowing through scenes of a brick-built knights templar before turning into a gentle, twisting roller coaster, and the Imagination Theatre. Be prepared to queue in the school holidays; our advice is to pack activities to keep the kids amused while they're waiting. Legoland also provides loads of the beautiful bricks to play with as you wait. A good tip is to purchase the Legoland reservation gadget, a hand-held device called the Q-Bot, and book the times of your rides in advance, (£15-£70) – highly recommended to minimise waiting times.
Top ride: Atlantis Submarine Voyage
Spot live sharks and stingrays swimming among Lego mermaids as you travel through a one million-litre tank in a slow-moving underwater vehicle.
Don’t want to go home?
The Legoland Hotel’s themed rooms have some lovely touches – we particularly liked the sarcophagus-design bed sheets on the bunk beds. At the hotel's Bricks Family Restaurant there’s a large choice of buffet grub on offer and child-friendly options are available (who could resist Lego-shaped chips?). Included in the cost of a night’s stay is access to the park an hour before the gates open.